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Ahead of the end

By Martin Colam | 31 January, 2018

Is it possible to be ‘ahead of the end’?  That phrase joins others like being ‘150% sure’ or ‘arriving before you set off’ or saying ‘I’m 100% convinced, I think’! They are all impossible statements. So, how to be ahead of the end, is that impossible to? The Composer often has to visualise the end…

Happy New Year – at Composers

By Martin Colam | 7 January, 2018

Technically the blog is written at the end of the month – but this blog is penned in the first days of a New Year and with good reason! We want to wish all our guests, past, present & future a wonderful new year and hope you will spend some of it at ‘Composers’. The…

Combined Blog wishes

By Martin Colam | 12 December, 2017

This month, The Composer combines his monthly blog in a ‘2 month’ special, combining all the elements of November and December along with news about our Composer activities, past and future. (Read to the end for the April Celebration details!) Skating out of October we headed down the ‘nursery slope’ of our run, with a…

Being a bit rebellious

By Martin Colam | 30 October, 2017

The Composer is a bit of a rebel. Not as much as he used to be (oh, the days of a mis-spent youth!) but he is still up for being a ‘bit’ rebellious when the need arises. Mrs C is a very calming influence but doesn’t dampen The Composer’s rebellious nature. Of course it depends…

And along came autumn

By Martin Colam | 3 October, 2017

One minute, full steam ahead for summer, great guests, long lazy days, super weather and wall to wall fun……then along came autumn!!  It sneaks in without so much as a nod and apart from someone on the BBC news telling us ‘it has arrived’, you’d never know where we are!!  Even the gardening keeps trying…

Stumped for words

By Martin Colam | 1 August, 2017

‘Stumped for words’ is not normal for The Composer! A background in music, broadcasting, theatre and stage has equipped him well for the rehearsed (or spontaneous) ability to speak!  But the last 4 weeks have seen The Composer silenced……..stumped for words. So, before the mini-rant (last paragraph) let’s look at the positive reasons for being…

Bustin’ out all over

By Martin Colam | 9 July, 2017

The Composer is, obviously, fond of his music and this month’s heading gives away a love of musicals, too! However any comparison between Oklahoma and Northumberland is that, apart from a rogue ‘K’, you can find all the other letters in both names – that’s it!! Bustin’ out has been the mantra for us in…

Politics………is……….not on the list

By Martin Colam | 31 May, 2017

Our title is well known to those who enjoy a certain Saturday eve quiz programme and, yes, we have a list at ‘Composers’! In the next weeks it is devoid of all matters political!!  This Blog gives a list of reasons for taking a holiday in Northumberland…..especially as guests (in the first week particularly) will find ‘Composers’…

May, I be so bold?

By Martin Colam | 30 April, 2017

Its going to be a fun month – with 2 Bank holidays, the start of the end of the football season, the serious start to grass cutting and ………for The Composer and Mrs C, a moment of sheer madness…….a HOLIDAY! So this is a brief post – time being of the essence. Given that May…

Spring is in the air!!

By Martin Colam | 6 April, 2017

At last! Winter over, Spring started, clocks moved and ‘Composers at Woodlands’ all a buzz and not just with guests! The painters have painted, the cleaners have cleaned, the gardeners have done whatever they do (!!) and The Composer……….well he just sat back and watched it all happen!!! How he wishes. Actually, The Composer aided…