August 2013 Activities Summary

The sun is still shining !

The evenings are getting darker earlier but we have enjoyed some beautiful sunsets.

How very lucky we were with the weather for the Opening of the Valerie Manor Garden. Lovely to see so many people enjoying the Pimms, cakes, strawberries and cream not forgetting the ice creams and lollies ! As ever Chris did a grand job as did the staff looking after everybody. Martin and Liam were very busy and served everyone with a smile…at one point I went inside to see somebody and as I went passed the boys they offered me a Pimms and cake. I told them I would be back shortly and as I came down the path they saw me and had my ‘treats’ ready and waiting for me…very impressed!

Zoe gave a lovely speech thanking everyone as well as the key people but John and I would like to say a big THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS to her and her Robin for being at the helm of the whole thing…very proud of what they have and are achieving at Valerie Manor.

Activity wise as I said last month that although lots of things are on offer during these lovely sunny days most ladies and gentlemen enjoy sitting outside and watching the world go by.

John Paul Miller entertained, two Reflexology Sessions were on offer, B Balanced and Skittles were enjoyed, not forgetting the ever popular flower arranging with Joyce.

We had a chat about favourite shows, films and events that had been enjoyed in years gone by. Two ladies love Cats the Musical and as it happened I had the T.S. Elliot book of Cats in my bag so we went through some of the poetry. One lady enjoyed the show in London whilst another in Manchester…her favourite cat was Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat. Two favourite films from one gentleman were The Sound of Music…he loved the Wedding March…(I said I would take the CD in to play it) and Four Weddings and A Funeral. Sadlers Wells Ballet was a firm favourite as was the film Gone With the Wind. The Aldershot Tattoo where bands came down in coaches from Scotland to entertain was remembered…the lady was about 7 or 8 years old and remembered it raining so hard that the uniforms were covered in mud. Apparently the whole village set to sending uniforms to the laundry. The locals worked all night and she awoke with many gardens having uniforms drying on lines and fences. The villagers then spent hours ironing shirts preparing for the next performance ! A favourite film was remembered by a lady singing a song …….’Only Make Believe I Love You’…….I knew the song but could not remember which film or show it came from until I researched and found out it was from Showboat.

We had a lovely time in Polperro with Zoe and Robin. Cream Teas, Boat Trips, National Trust Gardens were all on the agenda. My exercising ladies and gentlemen enjoyed some Clotted Cream Fudge on my first Exercise morning back.

See you in September (good title for a song that !)

Robin