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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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Autumn is Here – October News from No.fifty6

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

Autumn is Here – October News from No.fifty6 October – The first 3 weeks of October saw glorious Autumn weather with warm days and blue skies. Now, there is a definite chill in the air here. Still mainly dry but we have had our first frost and the wild birds are busy at the bird feeders. As always, there has been plenty going on here - our guests have continued to bring their stories and make their individual pilgrimages in this extraordinary area. We have won awards, we prepare for Armistice and we even drank unique Dutch liquor!October – The first 3 weeks of October saw glorious Autumn weather with warm days and blue skies. Now, there is a definite chill in the air here. Still mainly dry but we have had our first frost and the wild birds are busy at the bird feeders. As always, there has been plenty going on here - our guests have continued to bring their stories and make their individual pilgrimages in this extraordinary area. We have won awards, we prepare for Armistice and we even drank unique Dutch liquor!

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A Busy Month of Remembrance– September News from no.fifty6

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

A Busy Month of Remembrance– September News from no.fifty6 September – Mourn, corn, and sigh, rye. Men garner you, but youth's head lies forlorn. Sigh, rye, and mourn, corn... (Wilfred Owen)
The month has ended how it began with beautiful early autumn days of blue skies and sunshine, while there is a decided chill in the Somme air in the morning. We have had a busy month – there is always something going on here, but it is our guests and their intriguing and poignant personal stories they bring as they explore The Somme that make this place so special..

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The Final 100 Days of the Centenary – August News from no.fifty6

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

The Final 100 Days of the Centenary – August News from no.fifty6 Another busy and varied month here. The weather in August started with the continued scorching dry spell but the second half saw more seasonal norms and finally some rain in the last week. The light for photography capturing this landscape has been beautiful with great sunsets, and the fields around us are nearly all harvested and being made ready for late summer reseeding. Just the tall maize and ubiquitous sugarbeet (betterave) remain in the fields. .
From a historical perspective, August 8th marked the start of the Battle of Amiens and the 100 Days Offensive Centenary - then the Battle of Albert and the final actions of the War which led to the Germans being pushed back and leading to the November Armistice. Our guests have continued to bring their personal stories of family members who sacrificed all in these last months of the War.

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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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