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April 2022  - Spring Sunshine, Visitors, 100 Year Old Seats, Beds and Podcasts

Posted on 30th April 2022 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

April 2022  - Spring Sunshine, Visitors, 100 Year Old Seats, Beds and Podcasts Sweet April….with gentle breezes and warm spring sunshine, blue sky days, sunsets and farmers busy in the fields, April is a sweet moth. Perfect for exploring and so many guests have benefitted from the glorious weather that has extended through all of the month. With just an odd day of rain, it really is a warm, sunny Spring on The Somme. We have been kept very busy with all sorts of things including having so many lovely guests back to stay.

The landscape is changing its winter coat to softer hues of green, and gold. Colza/rape/canola (depending on where you are from)  covers the fields in its golden hue. From our window, under the Somme blue sky we reflect on Ukraine as the colours mirror the Ukrainian flag. Poignant that our now peaceful fields, that saw so much destruction, hold a mirror to current conflicts and man’s inhumanity to man. All that normal folk want to do is live in peace, but certain puppet-masters pull the strings of War. Thomas Hardy writes so well in his poem “The Man He Killed”  about how our enemy – the men in opposing armies -  are just like us.

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March News from No.fifty6 - Somme Spring Sunshine, Stories…..and Snow!!

Posted on 31st March 2022 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

March News from No.fifty6 - Somme Spring Sunshine, Stories…..and Snow!! March, that in between month, not the end of winter, not summer but the promise of beautiful Spring days. A favourite month of ours. And not without good reason this month – the weather dominated by warm, blue-sky days and very little rain. Our guests could not believe how lovely the weather has been, day after day of constant cheer. Don’t be fooled though, says Mother Nature, there is a chilly front over us at the end of March as we say hello to April and even some snow flurries. So glad we haven’t planted our tender garden plants just yet. So what has been going on this month?...

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February 2022 News From no.fifty6 - Storms, Sun and Springtime?

Posted on 28th February 2022 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

February 2022 News From no.fifty6 - Storms, Sun and Springtime? After January seems to last forever, February has been and gone in a flash! February often blows in as a ”soft” month, not quite winter, not quite spring. This February we have had both – wild, wild winds, rain, but we end the month, calm, sunshine, blue skies, night frost but a little warmth in the sun by afternoon. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets on those clear days. Our guests have benefited from good walking and photography weather.
The fields of The Somme are part ploughed, partly green with new growth, the lushness coming back to Tara and Usna hills rolling away before us. It is a beautiful month to be on The Somme. so what has been happening this month?

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2022 is Underway, January Jottings from No.fifty6

Posted on 31st January 2022 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

2022 is Underway, January Jottings from No.fifty6 January brings with it the promise of new beginnings, and we certainly hope 2022 is a better year for everyone. Is there light at the end of the tunnel as we cautiously take steps to a new normal, just like a shaky-legged spring lamb finding its way in the world?
During January there is a stark beauty to the landscape here, it is laid bare and invites you in to explore even on the coldest day. The farmers continue to work, just last week Mash Valley outside our door was deep ploughed, ready to be tilled and seeded.
So what has been going on this month?

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Happy New Year into 2022 from No.fifty6

Posted on 31st December 2021 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Happy New Year into 2022 from No.fifty6 New Year, New Hopes and Dreams, Here’s to 2022.

1st January,  the dawn of a New Year which we hope will be filled with good times for all, and above all health and happiness. We would like to thank everyone who sent us cards and festive messages and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Let’s hope the world helps heal us all in return for looking after the planet,  that Omicron is the beginning of the end of the pandemic and we can all get on with our lives  and plan with some certainty. We know we have missed human togetherness, we had episodes of it through the autumn which was a breath of fresh air with guests around our table, and we can’t wait to see you all again. So what has been going on...

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