Never a dull moment here at The Lawns and after consulting our residents we have begun some new clubs. We have also found reason for some celebrations. In January Elvis’s birthday was an excuse for a 1960’s sing-along. We also had an ode to the haggis and a tot or two of whisky to warm the cockles to celebrate Burn’s Night.
New clubs and activities
Nothing like a New Year for a new exercise regime so we have started Tai Chi. This combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing stretching movements, which are circular and gentle, with muscles relaxed. It is sometimes called “meditation in motion” but has so many health benefits some call it “medication in motion”. It is very calming and suits our residents perfectly.
Gardening Club has resumed with a twist for the winter months when its too cold to be outside. We are making the most of our atrium mezzanine to create an indoor garden area. We did some indoor planting to mark National Houseplant Week and have planted up some seedlings to bring them on indoors.
The snow has been beautiful – our team rose to the challenge of making snow angels in the garden, watched on by our giggling residents! We have also been looking after our feathered friends: making seed feeders and painting bird houses, as well as taking part in the national RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.
Our World Tour. Inspired by the amazing natural world programmes and our memories of holidays, we are off on our own World Tour! First stop France, with a cheese and wine tasting and all things French!
Rediscovering old hobbies in new clubs. Knitting was a favourite hobby of some of our lady residents, but now not having quite such nimble fingers, it can be a bit of a challenge. But there is still that love of the soft yarn and satisfaction in creating something new. Pompom crafting has therefore been a joy for some of our residents, with one creating a brilliant pompom caterpillar for her great grandchild. We have also made pompom mats and decorations. Residents are also enjoying using the interactive i-tables for crafting such as painting by numbers.
Plans for February
In February, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and The Chinese New Year. But the biggest celebration will be with Ruth Thomas for her 106th birthday.
Sadly due to the coronavirus restrictions her friends and family are unable to celebrate with her, so we asked on Facebook for people to send us video messages of their memories of Ruth. She is such loved Kempsey resident, well-known for running The Queen’s Head pub with her husband before they then took over the running of Kempsey swimming pool.
Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming response, with videos, well-wishes and birthday cards sent from far and wide. All will help make her birthday truly special.