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Phew What a Scorcher - July News from No.fifty6

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

Phew What a Scorcher - July News from No.fifty6 It has been quite a month. Dominated by the scorching weather, with record temperatures and a prolonged dry spell. While we, the crops and our guests wilted on several occasions in the heat there has been much to celebrate and be thankful for. A World Cup win for France, Bastille Day, July 1st and Australian commemorations, the Son and Lumiere Spectacular, unexpected kindnesses and of course our wonderful guests bringing their personal stories as they explore The Somme.

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Flaming June - News from No.fifty6

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

Flaming June  -  News from No.fifty6 Flaming June…which incidentally is the title of a painting by Sir Frederic Leighton which we have on our walls…It has been a month of warm temperatures, blue skies, breezes and the early promises of a good summer. Perfect for exploring. The farmers look worried about the current lack of rain and irrigation systems are currently popping across the goldening landscape...a far cry from last month’s “inondations”. The 1st July Somme commemorations are due to be the hottest for many a year. We will be at Lochnagar Crater at 07.28hrs on the 1st July to mark the 102nd anniversary of the start of The Battle of The Somme.
As always there has been plenty going on here at No.fifty6 with guests, activities and the odd curve ball to keep us on our toes (and we don’t mean the World Cup).

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Capricious May - News From No.fifty6

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

Capricious May -  News From No.fifty6 Capricious May. Oh how changeable this month has been. Record May temperatures, torrential rain, a week of storms and then to end the month blue skies and perfect exploring weather, but another storm brewing. Nothing has deterred us or our trusty guests who are now seeing the landscape in all its late Spring glory. On Monday night we had the most amazing electrical storm right over us with lashing wind and rain. The lightning lit up the sky for about 2 hours. Luckily no damage at No.fifty6 but some roads have seen mud rivers and Grevillers Military Cemetery, Mesnil Communal Extension Cemetery and Bouchoir Cemetery have had some flood damage which the CWGC will soon put right.

This month there has been plenty to keep us busy with even a spot in the recording studio for David…

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Spring is in the Air - April News from No.fifty6

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

Spring is in the Air - April News from No.fifty6 It has been quite a month. The weather can’t make up its mind whether it is spring, summer or winter with 10 days mid month of very hot temperatures and endless blue skies and now we are back to rain and chilly temperatures. The grass has had its first cut and is growing abundantly. There is always something to do here. It has been an extraordinary month here with lots going on, many personal pilgrimages, wonderful guests providing memorable moments, Australian Remembrance, commemorations for the Red Baron, a BLESMA visit and this month there is both sad and ultimately happy chicken news.

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Happy Easter and March News from no.fifty6

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

Happy Easter and March News from no.fifty6 Happy Easter everyone. Is it spring already? The clocks have gone forward an hour. It doesn’t feel like it weather-wise as apart from the odd glorious sunny day the weather continues changeable, mostly chilly and some heavy showers. Still there are signs of spring with blossom appearing and the daffodils in full bloom. This month there is a lot to report here – it has been a very busy month with lovely guests, The Spring Offensive, Building Work achievements and some more sad chicken news. Most of all though we wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful Easter.

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