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A tree to remember Lillian by

Ian and Mandalon visited the home today to plant a Lilac tree in remembrance of Ian’s mother Lillian who lived at Rose Lodge for almost two years. They planted the tree close to the terrace so that resident can enjoy the flowers and lovely fragrance.  

Lillian lived to the grand old age of 95 and she very much was part of our little community. We miss her and her wonderful family – and the regular supply of horse manure of course! 

The family made a very generous donation to our residents fund which we will pass on to the newly formed ‘friends of Rose Lodge’ team. 



Lillian Herbert 21/10/1915 - 19/05/2011



Now there’s a fun activity!

We are having some landscaping done in the gardens to make more space for sports and relaxation, and so that we can move the vegetable garden nearer the terrace. We hired a man with a digger and he has already graded the ground around our Atlantic Cedar tree which is now revealed in all its glory. The tree will make a lovely spot to sit under on a hot summers day.

The next job is to dig over the area where we want to move the vegetable garden to this winter, once all the vegetables have been harvested. The digger man didn’t turn up today (Bank Holiday I guess) so we took the opportunity to have a look at it. Doreen, who is for up anything, agreed to pose on the digger while Brian (a true engineer) inspected the machinery. If only we could get the key…

Big family picnic day

Most of the family and friends turned up in the afternoon for the ‘Big Family picnic’, which gave us a chance to have a couple of rounds of crocquet in the morning, and a very sociable lunch under the weeping Ash. Perfect!

The joy of playful exercise

Doreen and Eileen had great fun throwing the ball to each other over the dining room table today. They both have great eye-hand coordination and derive great joy from these games. Chris showed Doreen how to juggle and she had a jolly good go. Two ball juggling was easy, the three-ball juggle will take a little longer……

A special birthday present

Ruth has been keenly looking after our chickens, collecting their eggs and making sure that they have feed and water. So when Ruth’s grand-daughter visited it was no surprise that she was just as keen on the chickens, and helped Ruth look after our chickens. Ruth hatched a little plan which was to buy Catherine a couple of hens for her birthday. So off we went today to Tiphayes farm where Ruth choose a couple of 12 week old chicks, a partidge wellsummer, and a yellow crested legbar. On the way there we got ourselves lost and a very friendly old lady showed us the way. The drive to Ruth’s grand-daughter took us through some lovely country lanes and just before we got there we had to wait a few minutes for some sheep to pass the road. When we got to Catherine’s farm, Ruth knew immediately where to go and took us in through the back-door.

After a cup of tea we all went back to the car and Ruth gave Catherine her two chickens. She was SO excited! Soon the chickens were settled in their new run, fed and watered. Ruth wanted to collect a few things for her room at Rose Lodge and spent a while going through her things. She selected some of the pictures that she had painted over the years which brought her happy memories and a couple of special books. One of the books was written by one of her sisters, and she brought a cook book (Two dat ladies) back for Chris, one of her friends at Rose Lodge who she cooks with sometimes. On the way back we took the soft-top down and Ruth wore a pair of sunglasses looking very glamorous. Ruth had been talking non-stop on the way up, reminiscing about the various trips that she had made as a child, mother, and grad-mother. She was very quiet on the way back though, and soon dozed off. The following day Phil helped her hang her pictures on the wall and she proudly showed her gallery to people at Rose Lodge. In her words she was ‘showing off’ – and why not ? The pictures are amazing, and tell a little story about her life.