May 2012 Activities Summary

Ah the Darling Buds of May…
The rain has made the flowers bloom beautifully… the tulips were a special delight to some residents… ’standing tall like soldiers’ was one ladies comment. All of a sudden the grass grew very quickly but our lawn mowing team soon quickly jumped into action and a green ‘carpet’ was there for all to see. The rabbits seem to be very happy with their babies hopping around. I haven’t seen the fox for a while.

Busy as ever but the month was also taken up by discussions regarding the Queen’s Jubilee where everyone was invited to suggest how we would celebrate this wonderful occasion. Our ladies and gentlemen really enjoyed being a big part of the organisation.

We had two themed days this month. Cinco de Mayo (Mexican Independence Day) decorations and Mexican music was enjoyed. We then celebrated John Wayne’s birthday with decorations and watching one of his films. VE Day was remembered by singing along to a Dame Vera Lynn CD. This brought back many memories.

Matched Sets and Affinities, Opposites and Requests and Expletives Deleted were among our Mind Benders.

Tin Can Alley, Hoopla and Darts got us moving as well as a very welcome visit from Nick who set up the Skittles game for us. My Exercise Sessions still go ahead on Monday mornings followed by a Reminiscence discussion. This month we were very lucky to have a lovely lady join us to run a Zumba from your chair session…a fun time was had by all of those who participated. This is hopefully going to be a regular monthly Activity.

Lucy was presented with the blanket for her forthcoming new addition that our ladies knitted for her.

Reminiscence wise we had a few chats about the war. One lady was evacuated to Kent with 90 other children, some residents remember being sheltered in the London Underground Stations all night, blackout curtains were mentioned. One gentleman remembered his father’s Kit Bag being hung over the banisters ready for him to depart. We had members of the Women’s Auxiliary Force and The Local Defence Force. I was surprised that Ration Books were remembered quite fondly… families being quite proud of coping with what was on offer !

See you next time
Robin