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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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Freezing February on The Somme

Posted on 28th February 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Freezing February on The Somme Winter is definitely here with a vengeance. This month the weather has thrown most things at us. Earlier in the month we had a large fall of snow which made everything beautiful but logistically taxing – it only lasted 24 hours though. Now we are in the middle of Le Grand Froid – the Big Freeze. We have had a week of very low temperatures though bright sunny blue-sky days. Just so cold with biting wind-chill. Today -1 by day -8 by night. This is set to continue across France for the next few days. We have had intrepid guests who have made the journey in this cold weather and have been out exploring. Always a welcome cuppa and warm up on their return here. If you can stand the cold and wrap up warm you are rewarded with stunning landscapes and The Somme in its winter splendor. It is beautiful.
There is always something going on here and this month has been no exception. Meetings, guest pilgrimages, renovations, sadly some vandalism at the Crater - events that have kept us busy.

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Number 56 Newsletter - January 2018

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

Number 56 Newsletter - January 2018 The dawn of the New Year brought a very wet, windy and grey January. We have had above average rainfall, mild temperatures, some dry days but endless grey skies. The local paper even declares where has the sun gone? We had one blue-sky day in January. The weather has not stopped us doing things and at least it is mild with no snow and ice!
This month we have been busy with continuing work at No.fifty6 to get things ready for Spring, many meetings attended and battlefield explorations undertaken. With the centenary of the last battles of the Great War there will be plenty happening on The Somme.

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