March Update

Hello everyone…..I so hope you are all keeping safe and well….missing everyone like crazy!

I managed to get two Monday’s Exercise/Mind Bender’s  in March before everything started….

So here we go….

St. David’s Day was on Sunday 1st March… may have seen the photo of the Daffodils which Zoe and I purchased on the Saturday ready for the Sunday morning for our lovely ladies and gentlemen to enjoy …beautiful!

On the Monday morning after our Exercising we enjoyed a St. David’s Day Quiz.  This one was a little harder than most but we soldiered on…..some answers were guessed as we had alternatives but most answered correctly through knowledge and memory…..e.g. Driving from London to South Wales which Motorway would you take?….(M4)….There was a Landslide in the 60’s of coal waste which killed most of the children and teachers in a school…(Aberfan)….most people remembered this dreadful event….the Capital of Wales is….(Cardiff)….we worked our way through 17 Questions!

We  enjoyed some music ‘The Heritage of Wales’  with songs from the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir, the Lucknow Male Choir and Soprano Mary Thomas.  The favourites were ‘Men of Harlech’ and ‘All Through the Night’

We then went on to having a Reminiscence Chat.

One Gentleman played ‘Men of Harlech’ at the Royal Albert Hall when he was in The Royal Marines,  another Resident lived in Wales on the Island of Barry until they were 10 years old, another got married and lived in Newport in 1959….being evacuated to Wales when they were 4 or 5 to get away from the Bombing in London was also remembered…..The Men’s Institute was another memory where no ladies were allowed….the Miners coming home from their shift covered in black from digging and then walking home through beautiful green valleys.   Must not forget the poor Pit Ponies who worked for hours with the men transporting the coal to the surface!

Some sad some lovely Memories were shared. Then it was my turn to show-off!

When I was young I had a very dear friend….Marilyn Jones, her parents were Welsh. She taught me to say the name of the longest place name in an English speaking Country which I remembered!!!           

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch !!!!

It is a small Town on the Island of Anglesey off of the Northwest Coast of North Wales  

In English the following is what it means….St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the White Hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St. Tysilio of the Red Cave

Whew ! that’s all folks….to be continued next week

Stay safe and well

Robin x