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Its hot, hot, hot! (moan, moan, moan!)

By Martin Colam | 29 July, 2018

What is it about some people and weather?  As we bask in glorious hot days and have seen record temperatures it seems that this wonderful weather still brings out the moaners! If it’s rainy and miserable in July, if thunderclouds hang around and the temperatures are well below ‘the average’ to enjoy a summer holiday…

June is busting out……..

By Martin Colam | 1 July, 2018

It’s in the song!  June is bustin’ out all over and, boy, were Rodgers and Hammerstein right! Outstanding in every respect, July has been bustin’ out in every direction. Certainly in the grounds and gardens of Composers.  Our Gardener, Peter, has been flat out trying to keep on top of the raft of jobs to…

A very mixed up May

By Martin Colam | 11 June, 2018

The Composer is used to being organised! Throw any number of possibilities into the mix and the ‘Musicians Mind’ can, usually, unravel the knots and organise the elements.  The Musicians Mind in May has been taxed beyond recognition! May is a long month. 31 days with 2 bank holidays, school holidays and…..in this year…..a royal…

It’s all happened in April

By Martin Colam | 2 May, 2018

It’s been a weird month – in fact if it’s ‘happened’ at all, we can say, with certainty, its happened in this month.  We start with the extremes of weather and everything from snow to rain, from sleet to wind, from sun to cloud and from cool (nah, it’s been bloomin’ cold!) to warm and…

Snow warning and a warm welcome

By Martin Colam | 29 March, 2018

After all The Composers has said in past blogs about the benign weather in Northumberland, he has had to eat his words (if not the snow!) when Composers at Woodlands looked more like Composers at Iceland (country not store!) We were not the only area of the UK to suffer bad weather – but perhaps…

Safe, Secure and Speedy

By Martin Colam | 7 March, 2018

February has been a month of moves and moving – oh, not The Composer or Mrs C – we are here still here to welcome guests, but moving has been the theme of the month.  If it stood still we painted it otherwise we moved it! Our staff have completed all the deep cleaning, moving,…

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…