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Spring look on the tables

Shades of green, white and a hint of pink add a fresh look to the dining room. Thank you Rene, Doreen, Philippa, Meg and Joy.


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What a small world

Getting our and around is something everyone enjoys weather providing; not only we experience change of scenery, link with the outside world and seasons, meet strangers, watch the world go by and bump into friends.

How was today in comparison – we enjoyed beautiful views, listened to birds, watched families, walkers and joggers; dogs of all assortment and…. Harry, who was a solder in the 2nd world war across Europe and Africa, ended up talking to a gentleman who as a soldier was also stationed in Egypt! 10 minutes later with stories exchanged we moved on only for Meg to bump into friends that she has not seen for a while. 

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2013 Garden Games Season is Open

We just could not sit inside this afternoon with the sun shining, no wind and spring in the air! Instead we decided to open our garden games season. While the lawn is far too wet for lawn bowls we had a good game of skittles on the terrace organised by Chris. Excellent scores from Doreen, Joy, Bob (who came today for the first time) and of course Chris. Meanwhile Ethel and I inspected the raised beds and I noted carefully Ethel’s advice on the geraniums that survived Christmas. Everyone went down to the lower garden to check the veg raised beds, our fruit shrubs covered with buds and herbs. Bliss! Ah, yes – gardening season is fast approaching  🙄

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A quiet afternoon?

When we think of a quiet afternoon after lunch we will typically imagine people sitting in armchairs, asleep or nodding away – I certainly remember ourselves doing that over Christmas, some of us with significant sound effects! While this is also needed sometimes, our quiet times mean relaxing over newspapers, books, chatting with friends while taking a walk. Our replenished library with carefully selected books and  lots of fab magazines donated very kindly every month by Tom’s daughter (thank you Lynn!) attract more attention.  Feels just like home or a very social social club 😀  

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A new drama society?

How do you get complete silence in the lounge with staff and residents completely engrossed in what is going on? Join our drama club! Or is it a society? Today half of residents joined the drama club, so we had a fair amount of musical chairs an hour before……. Within minutes the remaining residents, visitors and staff stopped to listen to beautifully read poetry, prose and joined in the final sing-along. It was truly amazing.


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