May’s activity summary!

Sunshine all the way whilst I am writing this….John is outside the window up a ladder fixing my Hanging Basket brackets!

Some of our lovely ladies and gentlemen have enjoyed being outside in the garden over the past few weeks.  I must say Clare is doing a grand job out there with the garden now looking very well established.

We celebrated a belated ‘International Dance Day’ where I played Music from all over the World……we had a quiz where the ladies and gentlemen matched the music to different Dance Forms from Waltzes, Polkas, Charleston, Can-Can, Jive, Cossack, Irish, Scottish, Ballet, Cha Cha Cha,  Flamenco and Paso Doble to name but a few……must not forget Tap!!!  The Conservatory was like Strictly Come Dancing!

One of our lovely Carers celebrated her 21st Birthday on a Monday…..she was presented with a cake, cards and gift whilst we sang Happy Birthday!

This gave us another topic for our Reminiscence Session…..’What did you do on your 21st Birthday?’

One lady had a big party in the Village Hall at Henfield and remembers wearing a beautiful blue dress, another had a party in a Hall in Cambridge, a house in Somerset was the venue of another

Celebration.  A gentleman was at sea as it was war time…not on a Battleship but an old Fishing Boat.  Another lady had been evacuated to Stafford just before her birthday.

Another Quiz…Famous Couples…was enjoyed where Residents were given the name of one of a Famous Couple and had to guess the missing name….e.g. Fred Astaire and …..?  Batman and…..?

Antony and…..? Abbot and…..?  There were 16 couples on the List and ALL were guessed correctly!

That is it for now


April Activities Summary!

April came and went in a flash!

I do hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter Weekend.

Unfortunately John and I could not attend the Easter Sunday Lunch but I heard it was a great success.

Still Exercising on Monday mornings from our chairs.  It is so lovely when visitors join in with the exercising,  Reminiscences and Quizzes.

Lots of different music still being requested with the most popular being songs from the Musicals where visitors, residents and staff sing along

Lots of Red Roses for St. George’s Day and a Quiz from Sally-Ann.

John and I were very lucky to go on a ‘Special’ trip on the Royal Scotsman in April to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary from last year.

A wonderful wonderful experience…brought back some Scottish Music….by a duo that entertained us on the train….for everyone to enjoy.  Scotland is really BEAUTIFUL.  We have only had a short visit to Edinburgh before.  I have a lovely photo of John in his complete Scottish attire that he hired for the ‘special’ dinners.

Bye for now


March activities summary…………

I do hope you have been enjoying the lovely March sunshine!

A couple of special dates have been on our Programme this month.

Residents woke up to lots of Daffodils and Flags on St. David’s Day……on the Monday after exercising we celebrated with a St. David’s Day Quiz followed by listening to rousing Welsh Choir music.

On St. Patrick’s Day Residents were treated to a Guinness Cake and tipple!……… again after Exercising on the Monday we had another Quiz this time about St. Patrick’s Day with both Residents and Visitors joining in followed by some lovely haunting Irish music.

Bye for now


February Activity Summary!

February came and went in a flash!

On Monday 4th February we celebrated Chinese New Year of the Pig! We exercised to Chinese Music and enjoyed finding out which Animal Year we were born in…..we had Snake, Tiger, Rabbit, Monkey, Rooster and Rat!!!!  It was fun reading out the meanings of the various animals from the Chinese Zodiac. We finished the morning enjoying Prawn Crackers and a Sweet Chilli Dip!

Lots of lovely sunshine which really made everyone very happy….the Snowdrops were an absolute delight at the Manor,  our lovely Residents and visitors delighted to see them pop their heads out of the ground so early…due to the warm weather.

Regarding flowers at Valerie Manor we love having fresh flowers in our bud vases for the dining tables for those Residents who eat in the Restaurant or Conservatory.  For those Residents who choose to have a meal in their room the lovely staff add a bud vase to the serving trays…..a lovely touch don’t you think.

You will be aware that because of the temperature that has to be maintained for our Residents that unfortunately many flowers do not last as long as they would in our homes…..carnations are quite good but a number of our lady Residents whilst chatting on a Monday morning suggested……Alstroemerias…..(yes I did have to look the spelling up in my dear late Mother-in-Law’s ‘Percy Thrower’s Everyday Gardening Book’!)   these flowers are commonly known as the Persian Lily…..the ladies said that they really last so I was on a mission to find them…and guess what…I did and they do!  They are not always available but when they are I get them on a Monday in bud and they last until the following Monday…our ‘bud vase’ day!  I try to take them up before Supper at 5.00 when a few Residents join me having a chat and a giggle whilst arranging the flowers.

Still exercising on most Monday mornings at 11.30….we have very relaxing music….Aromatherapy Wellbeing, Zen Garden, Nature’s Harmony, Tranquil Waters…to name a few titles.  We like to encourage our ladies and gentlemen to join in as we all know it is so beneficial to keep moving.   I know that a couple of the ladies do the exercises on a regular basis in their rooms.

Mind Benders….we had Similies….for example….as fresh as a (daisy)….as neat as a (pin)….we also had ‘Name a Girl/Boy/Flower/Fruit/City/Town’  beginning with a certain letter…which was not as easy as it sounds!

Again favourite Musicals were requested and we enjoyed a lovely Sing-a-Long with Max Bygraves…the favourite being….A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.

The lovely twins visited their Great Grandmother again with their mummy and nanna much to the delight of everyone…..smiles all round!

Bye for now.