Clocks back, lock down, cheer up!

By Martin Colam | 31 October, 2020

The Composer spent last weekend doing what we all do – changing the clocks. With 4 properties, and numerous devices in each requiring attention, it was a herculean task. Bernstein offered a glimmer of hope. The kitchen clock is digital and controlled automatically, so it changes without aid – as does the outside Courtyard clock.…

All S & S

By Martin Colam | 1 October, 2020

The Composer and Mrs C are truly S & S – Sanitised and Satisfied.   How else can we describe the 28 days since the previous blog? Come to a Composer property and you could eat your dinner (or any other meal or snack!) off the floor, the walls, the bathroom tiles and even the…

Thank you, kind Guests

By Martin Colam | 1 September, 2020

As August ends, The Composer, Mrs C and the staff say a massive THANK YOU to all our Guests! Thanks for staying with us, thanks for enjoying Northumberland, thanks for visiting our local attractions and tourist destinations and for being UTTERLY BRILLIANT! Let’s face it – the staycation holiday is the better way to avoid…

Les Mis? Non – Les Content!

By Martin Colam | 29 July, 2020

One day more (Les Mis!) Well, The Composer is merrily singing not just ‘one day more’ its now ‘one MONTH more’. Of course, he’s singing it in his head as he can’t sing out loud!!  Yes, 28 days have elapsed since Composers at Woodlands came out of lockdown and welcomed Guests once more.  And what…

Overture to opening

By Martin Colam | 30 June, 2020

Well, by the time you read this, The Composer & Mrs C will either be ready or will have flung wide the gates to welcome guests back to Composers at Woodlands, the overture to a new start and a welcome return to business. So this post, written on the final days of June, follows the…

Summer arrives!

By Martin Colam | 2 June, 2020

The Composer sat back and 1st June arrived  – it was officially SUMMER!  Or was it?  It seems like Composers at Woodlands has been in ‘summer mode’ ever since Easter with the most lovely, warm and dry weather. Well, amazing if you like sitting out in it but not good if, as was the commission…

The Composer forgot!

By Martin Colam | 8 May, 2020

How could The Composer forget to pen the Blog? Due at the end of each month, the blog connects the business with past, present (sorry, there are none!!) and future guests. Past guests reflect on holidays gone, future guests dream of where they are coming to and present guests – and we all know why…

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. …