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Archive for January, 2012

Nice specs Simon!

Simon told us the other day that he loves coming to perform at Rose Lodge, because people are always up for a laugh and a dance, and enjoying themselves. It was business as usual today..

When you are winning…PUSH!

As we started constructing the raised vegetable beds we got really excited, realising there was an opportunity to make big improvements to how residents use the terrace and garden. By spring time we will have a new terrace alongside the chicken run, in the process connecting the bungalow terrace with the main terrace, so giving easy access to the chicken run and the bungalow terrace for our residents. There will be a new lawn on the upper level that residents can see and access directly from the lounge, and where they can sit in the shade under a pergola surrounded by fragrant climbers – a perfect place to spend some time with family and friends. A new access path down to the vegetable beds and the gardens will run straight down from the lounge door and we believe this will invite many more residents to grow vegetables and explore the gardens. A new gate door will provide garden access onto Isca Road. By keeping the ‘traffic’ away from the downstairs rooms, those rooms will have a greater sense of privacy. We have gone through several iterations of the design to make the sure the layout is safe and logical so that it is easy for residents to navigate, including those that use a wheelchair. I think we got there now….

Beautiful Budleigh

It felt like a spring day as we joined June, Harry and Rene for a ramble along the Budleigh beach and the Otter Estuary. watching the hugo colonies of birds, and the flowering ‘ice plants’. We rounded it off with a welcome pot of tea at ‘the cosy teapot’ in Budleigh. Harry was the only person with money in his pocket, and he kindly paid – thank you Harry!

Do cats have empathy ?

Perhaps they do! Archie has been observed curling up on people’s laps when they’re a bit blue.


We celebrated Burns night in style today. The care team piped in the Haggis, Alice gave a Burns night speech, and Bert did a fabulous reading.Oh and the staff team dressed for the occasion of course.