It has been a wonderful month here at West Eaton. In the quieter times we have been reminiscing about days gone by – with hobbies and activities triggering memories. We have also been making new memories welcoming entertainers back to our garden.
Making new memories
We spent a wonderful afternoon on the patio learning about different Birds of Prey. Luke from Wye Valley Falconry bought his Eagles and Owls to see us. Trench the Owl was happy to be held by our residents. It was amazing to be so close to these magical creatures and to hold an owl was a dream come true for many residents.
We commemorated VE Day with a performance from our favourite vintage singer Melissa Hollick. She serenaded the residents with songs from the 1940’s and 50’s, which bought both happy and sad memories to mind. We also had a fabulous time marking the Queen’s Birthday with our very own Trooping of the Colour. Music from Simon Addison, The Herefordshire Piper and sunshine and a blue sky backdrop – just perfect.
West Eaton was transformed into an American style diner for Hamburger Day! Residents enjoyed the chance to tuck into burgers, done on the BBQ. Or hot dogs with all the onions and relishes they wanted! We served cola, lemonade or milkshakes and Clare provided some 1950’s style with her waitress outfit. The musical entertainment for the week was from Eddie Graham. It was great to sing along to the classic songs from John Denver, the war years, Elvis Presley, Rock n Roll and Kath’s favourite Roger Whitaker.
….and sharing old ones
With the heat wave, it was time to call the ice cream van! The tinkling music stirred so many memories for residents of running to buy ice creams as children. And when a 99 was actually 99p! Delicious to tuck into their Mr Whippy’s. Thanks to Sam Morrall and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
We love to encourage our residents to either take up new hobbies or remember old ones! Mike told us about how he spent his younger days playing piano accordion in various local bands when we were completing his “See Me” story. So we bought him an accordion on Ebay and he is now entertaining us with his tunes. Music is such a powerful thing – it is amazing how you don’t forget the notes and songs. It is bringing Mike so much joy.
We had fun making some fat, fluffy sheep in our craft session. It also prompted lots of reminiscing from the residents taking part who had previously worked on the land. We giggled at tales of loose sheep and dipping them (and the sheep dog as well!)