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‘Tis the season ……to slow down’

By Martin Colam | 21 December, 2018

So, as we arrive at the end of another year we are already knee deep into 2019 ‘thinking’.  No sooner do we start to plan our time off at Christmas than The Composer is busy with the 2019 calendar of events and promotions at ‘Composers’.  The first promotion is already up and running…….and that’s the…

Too much, too soon!

By Martin Colam | 29 November, 2018

The Composer is sitting quietly in the office – November is slowly sinking into the past and The Composer has survived BLACK FRIDAY without venturing to spend money on the ‘essentials’ which every company in the world felt sure he needed! The one fly in the ointment for The Composer is the (too soon!) November…

Stress, mess and less

By Martin Colam | 2 November, 2018

The Composer is quite glad October is ended!  It’s been a hectic month with guests taking advantage of last minute breaks and the quieter autumnal weeks of golden sunrises and stunning sunsets.  The school calendar is more confusing than ever, creating a plethora of half term breaks that span the entire month.  It’s quite stressful…

It mights as well rain until………….

By Martin Colam | 28 September, 2018

Those are the opening lines of the 1962 song originally written for Bobby Vee by Carole King. And if they had added a quick by-line including ‘storm Ali’ they would have got September 2018 spot on! What a month it has been! It started with such promise and Berwick never looked better as the Food…

Simply, The Best’!

By Martin Colam | 17 August, 2018

Simply ‘the best’.  Everybody says it about SOMETHING. Supermarkets, stores and shops have top of the range brands using superlatives to set them apart from the rest – being either ‘super select’, ‘best choice’, ‘finest’, ‘superior’ or ‘the best’. In commerce and industry we have’star ratings’, loved by trip sites, advisor sites and all manner…

Its hot, hot, hot! (moan, moan, moan!)

By Martin Colam | 29 July, 2018

What is it about some people and weather?  As we bask in glorious hot days and have seen record temperatures it seems that this wonderful weather still brings out the moaners! If it’s rainy and miserable in July, if thunderclouds hang around and the temperatures are well below ‘the average’ to enjoy a summer holiday…

June is busting out……..

By Martin Colam | 1 July, 2018

It’s in the song!  June is bustin’ out all over and, boy, were Rodgers and Hammerstein right! Outstanding in every respect, July has been bustin’ out in every direction. Certainly in the grounds and gardens of Composers.  Our Gardener, Peter, has been flat out trying to keep on top of the raft of jobs to…

A very mixed up May

By Martin Colam | 11 June, 2018

The Composer is used to being organised! Throw any number of possibilities into the mix and the ‘Musicians Mind’ can, usually, unravel the knots and organise the elements.  The Musicians Mind in May has been taxed beyond recognition! May is a long month. 31 days with 2 bank holidays, school holidays and…..in this year…..a royal…

It’s all happened in April

By Martin Colam | 2 May, 2018

It’s been a weird month – in fact if it’s ‘happened’ at all, we can say, with certainty, its happened in this month.  We start with the extremes of weather and everything from snow to rain, from sleet to wind, from sun to cloud and from cool (nah, it’s been bloomin’ cold!) to warm and…

Snow warning and a warm welcome

By Martin Colam | 29 March, 2018

After all The Composers has said in past blogs about the benign weather in Northumberland, he has had to eat his words (if not the snow!) when Composers at Woodlands looked more like Composers at Iceland (country not store!) We were not the only area of the UK to suffer bad weather – but perhaps…