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. …

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…