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Isolated – in every respect

By Martin Colam | 31 March, 2020

It’s not often The Composer feels so isolated and it hardly feels like the time to write a Blog, but it’s a connection with the world beyond the gates of ‘Composers at Woodlands’ and one we will maintain. Our little universe is changing before our eyes and many of us (for a variety of reasons)…

Best and Worst

By Martin Colam | 5 March, 2020

The Composer is reflective.  Taking a slighty adapted version of the opening words of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, “It was the best of months, it was the worst of months”………….so reflecting on February provided the ‘best and worst’.  As you may recall, from the January Blog, The Composer and Mrs C spent January in…

The truth, the whole truth….

By Martin Colam | 2 February, 2020

The truth and the reality! The Composer has spent the last weeks and months listening to and watching many programmes – just like everyone else!  No need to mention what the subject was, so – as this is a Blog about life in a small corner of the UK – modesty prevents mentioning it again. …

Warm & Toasty!

By Martin Colam | 13 December, 2019

The Winter Blog finds The Composer inside his office, all warm and toasty, as the weather outside starts to look a little cooler! As we worked our way through November, we were aware that certain parts of the UK were being battered by storms, high winds and huge rises in water levels. Guests continued to…

Stock-taking

By Martin Colam | 31 October, 2019

The Composer is taking stock – ably assisted by Mrs C.  As October slides into ‘the past’, it’s time to look to the future – well, the remainder of 2019 and the whole of 2020. The idea that ‘Composers’ is a seasonal holiday business dissolved years ago when it become obvious that guests actually wanted…

Warm, home & happy

By Martin Colam | 31 August, 2019

August ends as The Composer basks in the warmth of Northumberland. Mind you, so are our guests and visitors!  A rollercoaster start to the month, weather-wise, has settled down and the sun is with us! Despite the BBC’s weather predictions, the North East fared well and better than some other areas of the UK. It…

July – a load of balls

By Martin Colam | 6 August, 2019

Try not to laugh or be annoyed at the title.  Let’s face it, July saw TV sets tuned in to various ‘ball games’ including Tennis, Netball and Cricket (nice one England!) and the star attraction of the month…….. The Composers Balls though for some reason they were not featured on TV! Obviously, there are those…

June – a testing time!

By Martin Colam | 1 July, 2019

The Composer and Mrs C can now confirm ‘testing’ throughout June has been a huge success. June gave the opportunity to test many different ‘things’!! Like……can a couple actually get away from their day jobs ‘in season’?  Can the same couple pack for a week into ONE suitcase? (you may ask why – we will…

May – a bit of a blur

By Martin Colam | 29 May, 2019

May came and went in a blur.  It really has been a blur of activity, with 2 Bank Holiday weekends and ‘Composers’ at full stretch, with guests coming and going throughout the month.  There are other words to describe May, but The Composer refuses to spoil anyone’s holiday by discussing politics! So this blog is…

S stands for…..

By Martin Colam | 2 May, 2019

The three S’s.  Super, Sad and Stupid!  All in one month.  We have enjoyed the ‘super’ thanks to the best  weather, here in Northumberland and throughout the UK, over the past month and especially at the  Easter weekend.  Guests really have entered into the spirit of the season with shorts and T-shirts in abundance!  That…