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March at No.fifty6 - Winter Blows Out and Spring Breezes In

Posted on 31st March 2019 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

March at No.fifty6 - Winter Blows Out and Spring Breezes In March, always capricious has been a month of two halves weather-wise. The first half was wet, windy and chilly. We had a week of windstorms with gusts up to 100km/h which saw tree damage and electricity lines down in many parts of the Somme. Luckily, apart from a few wayward branches on our trees and a few roof slates, (now repaired) we had no lasting damage. The second half of March has been warm and the blue skies are back. A beautiful weekend of Spring weather saw us put the clocks forward one hour on Saturday night. Spring really has arrived. It has been a busy month here, guests finding their way to our door and even a few outings for ourselves to discover new places.

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February - Spring Comes Early to No.fifty6

Posted on 28th February 2019 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

February - Spring Comes Early to No.fifty6 After the snows in January and a chilly start to February, most of the month has been gloriously sunny, dry and with record February temperatures by day between 17-20 degrees regularly. The farmers have been busy ploughing and seeding, the birds are active in the trees and the trees are beginning to burst into new life. We even managed a barefoot walk by the sea at Berck –Plage this week. Spring has come early. The end of the month sees the weather change to wetter, but still reasonably mild - but we know winter may not be over yet. The perfect weather has seen guests come and explore and there has been plenty going on here from meetings to wayward ducks.

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January - A New Year Dawns at No.fifty6

Posted on 31st January 2019 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

January - A New Year Dawns at No.fifty6 January…we certainly know winter is here. Two separate episodes of thick snow this month have kept us on our toes. The snow, while disruptive, brings a breathtaking beauty to our landscape and winter walks take on a new perspective. We have been kept busy this month because as always, despite the quiet winter months, there is always something going on here. Sadly, to end the month, we have some sad news about one of our animal menagerie.

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Happy New Year from No.fifty6 As We Welcome 2019

Posted on 31st December 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Happy New Year from No.fifty6 As We Welcome 2019 As the dawn of a New Year breaks we would like to thank everyone who sent us cards and festive messages and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We spent a few days over Christmas in England with family and we are now back on The Somme ready for some rest and relaxation and make plans for 2019. The weather is damp and relatively mild but we know January can bring its winter blasts! . Regardless of the weather we get a chance in the winter to go out, dust away the cobwebs and visit places we don’t get time to explore in the summer.
2019 we hope promises good things. The renovated bathrooms are nearly finished, we know we have lovely people booked in to stay with us throughout the year as they make their own pilgrimages to this special place and we have a new arrival at No.fifty6… And as you know there is always something going on here…

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As The Guns Fell Silent...November News from no.fifty6

Posted on 30th November 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

As The Guns Fell Silent...November News from no.fifty6 November – Another historic month at No.fifty6. We have commemorated the Centenary of The Armistice in many ways. We have continued to have a variety of interesting guests cross our doorstep with many a story to tell. We have held a workshop in French on British Christmas traditions, we have started some new works and of course our animals have raised a smile or two. The weather has been varied from wet and windy to mild and grey, with some dry sunny days. Never a dull moment here.

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