Saturday, 11 September 2010

happy birthday helen

this is birthday girl helen, on her way to the dining room for supper on friday evening, having been out most of the day celebrating her special day.

this is the cake chef Paul has made for her...
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a new poster appeared in the dining room today - its one of the latest prints from the keep calm gallery

at lunch time the 'bar' opens and residents can order their favourite tipple - anything from a g&t to a snowball - the message is quite appropriate and put a smile on a few faces.
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friday 10th

its 10.30 in the morning and only 3 residents are in the mood for dancing today in Becca's class (normally held every friday). never mind, ursula, dymphna and pat are happy enough to do the warm up exercises!

at 2.30 the bingo is on in the music room - Christiane (one of our volunteers) comes every friday to 'call the numbers' and residents enjoy a couple of hours trying to win all the prizes... when i took this picture only a handful of residents had turned up, but a few minutes later there was a full house.

they usually finish the afternoon with a general knowledge quiz, a gossip, then a walk around the grounds before supper.
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

tuesday outing

there was no keep fit today - Sue was away - so residents spent the morning reading the papers, listening to music, or doing their own thing. lots of visitors today and quite a few lucky people being taken out to lunch. Meanwhile, Chef Paul prepared spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread for the others.

after lunch, those who retired to the lounge watched a dvd (ladies in lavender) which is a lovely film starring maggie smith.

We had arranged an outing for the afternoon and at 3pm set off for the town of Paddock Wood, where there is a super department store called Barsley's which sells (almost) everything. The ladies went off to look around and we agreed to meet up later for coffee. a new costa coffee opened in paddock wood recently, so we sat outside at tables and chairs with our latte's and cappucinos, enjoying the sunshine and watching the world go by.

marion went off to explore the local ironmongers for a letter opener, Dymphna went to the library to order a book and Lucille popped to the florists. Marie went off to the chemists with a list of things to buy for other residents who decided not to come out! By the time we met up again, the coffee was finished and it was time to get back on the mini bus for the trip home.
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Monday, 6 September 2010

happy birthday madge

It was also Madge's birthday today - her daughters took her out for lunch and she had a lovely day. Chef Paul will prepare a birthday cake and the other residents will sing happy birthday while she blows out the candles!

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reminisence to round off the day..

Once a fortnight, Sue comes to take a 'reminisence' session with residents in the lounge. its a friendly get together to share ideas and discuss a wide selection of topics, including highdays and holidays, travel and transport, hopping in kent, womens lives around britain and 'when we were young'

Sue includes poetry, quizzes, and games as well as music and at the end of the hour, the tea and cakes arrive!

think its egg & chips for supper tonight - a firm favourite for everyone!
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robert came to the music room to play the piano - this is something he does most days, and usually he plays his favourite piece by Chopin.

arts and crafts today!

monday morning once a month, Julie comes to inspire our residents with her wonderful art and craft sessions. today was no exeption - she brought an amazing array of fibres/wool and equipment, in order to demonstrate the art of feltmaking.  we were lucky that our two lovely volunteers, elizabeth and joan, come on monday mornings and they were able to help out the residents!  Julie showed them how to make 'beads' first of all which when dry we will be able to thread and make necklaces.  next, the residents learned how to make 'flat' felt shapes and we hope to be able to make some collage art in the next session in october.  we have arranged an autumn/xmas fayre in october (28th to be exact) and all the items residents have made over the past few months will be on display and for sale.

i took some photos, and the best of them are here!

sunday 5th september

the new mount ephraim initiative by Chef Paul called 'Come Dine With Me' proved to be a success today on its launch! For £4.95 our five diners enjoyed a superb two course roast beef lunch with all the trimmings with pear crumble (and cream) for pudding and a glass of wine, tea and coffee. very good value.

We are hoping to make this a regular feature - even extending it to an evening meal, so if anyone is interested in booking a table, please telephone Karen or Paul at Mount Ephraim and book your table

sunday afternoon in the sun!

This is Rose, enjoying herself  in the sunshine this afternoon having been persuaded to go outside with Sharon! We took the picture as its quite rare for Rose to venture out, but of course once in the garden she wondered what she had been missing!
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