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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…

March – ing orders

By Martin Colam | 28 March, 2019

It’s the month for giving orders!  So, away with winter, in with spring.  Goodbye to dark nights, hello to BST.  Au revoir to 2018 and Bonjour to 2019.  And a very warm welcome to the 13th year of Composers at Woodlands and yet another year gilded with 5 stars and Gold Awards for hospitality. Wow!…

What a difference a year makes!

By Martin Colam | 5 March, 2019

This time last year The Composer was knee deep in snow. This year he’s knee deep in sunshine!  The Beast from the East has not returned and would not be welcomed if it did!  Curiously, the effect of those dreadful days was to see many motorists stranded in a place they often drove past, but…

Beating off the Blues

By Martin Colam | 29 January, 2019

The Composer is on a role! The New Year arrived with a flourish and 2018 is a distant, albeit very happy, memory.  So now, Blog reader, where are you on a scale of 1 to 10??   1 is dreadful and 10 is brilliant.  How do you rate YOUR January. The Composer is around 11 and…