March 2014 Activities Summary

Hello everyone,

As I am writing this the sun is shining, the bees are a buzzing around the beautiful blossom, ladybirds are in abundance on our conservatory wall, primroses are smiling, the lambs jumping around their mothers after their milk, 10 cows and one bull are in the field next door munching on the grass…I have just noticed our first bluebell, a pair of goldfinches, a family of Robins, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds and thrushes….and that is just today !

Oh how we love Spring !

I just said to John that I bet our lovely ladies and gentlemen are enjoying their outside space at Valerie Manor, most accompanied by the caring carers taking time to give everyone who wishes a breath of fresh air.

On with the Activities…St. David’s Day saw decorations…lots of daffodils…and a quiz. A visit from Nick with the skittles game. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as well as Greek Music, decorations and traditional Moussaka for those who wanted it on Greek Independence Day. St. Patrick’s Day saw more decorations…a little Leprechaun on the wall, not to mention lots of clover, a quiz and Irish Pub Songs !


A big thank you to staff and residents for all the cards for my birthday which Zoe and I celebrated with everyone together as we are a day apart. Must say another big thank you to Chris for the lovely cakes presented both to Zoe and myself…..yummy yummy !!

A couple of jalopy full’s of residents went on an outing to the local school for their War Time Concert…a great feat again for the staff for not only was it raining but those going had to have an early lunch… well done to all staff for co-coordinating the day!

We had a Reminiscence chat about dancing….favourite dances of years gone by were the Waltz, Quickstep, Charleston, Foxtrot, Jive. One lady used to dance with her brother gaining Bronze Medals. The dancing included Irish, Tap and Tango !! Another remembers going out with her sisters on a Friday night to twist the night away…worrying and annoying her mother. At a girl’s school some girls arranged Scottish Dancing with the boys from another school and it turned out to be a disaster !! Another remembers being at a co-ed Boarding School and the staff joining in with their dances. Lovely memories !

Enjoy your Easter and see you next time.
Robin