Summertime is always a time for making holiday memories. Everyone remembers those bucket and spade seaside trips to the coast, or adventures to far flung destinations. But how do you holiday when you can’t travel? Well, here at The Lawns, we brought summer holiday experiences to our residents and shared lots of memories along the way.
All aboard for our summer holiday road trip.
First stop was Italy. We practiced the lingo and learnt some interesting Italian facts; listened to Verdi, tasted Italian wines and Sicilian lemonade, cheeses, pasta, pizza and a fabulous intense Italian coffee.
Next stop Germany. That tied in beautifully with our Euros win! Well done to the Lionesses! We had lots of German food, including salamis and sausage sampling and German pale ales. Definitely a hit with our gents, although sometimes only a long cold pint of Carling and a packet of McCoys will suffice. Thank you Val at The Anchor, Kempsey for making one resident’s day!
Where to next: A stop at the British seaside! Did you know Walls ice cream have just celebrated their 100th birthday? We marked this milestone by learning about their history and their ‘stop me and buy one’ advertising campaign. We discussed how ice cream makes us feel happy no matter where or when we eat it. To test the theory we, off course, had to ‘stop and try some’. Still as good as ever.
We also transformed our garden into Tilley’s Tea Shop to mark National Afternoon Tea Week. We used all our vintage china and hosted a wonderful afternoon tea for residents and their families. Here are two of our favourite mother and daughter photos from the day.
Beating the heat or putting up the brollies?!
In typical British summer style we have experienced all weather. From beating the heat, splashing in our paddling pool – such a giggle with cooling G and T’s all round as well! To our Teddy Bears Picnic in the drizzle! Brollies up – a little bit of rain wasn’t going to dampen our enthusiasm – especially when we transformed our garden into the One Hundred Acre Wood. Just wonderful looking for Rabbit’s garden and Eeyore’s gloomy corner. Residents shared memories of story time with their children and books from their childhood. As Winnie the Pooh would say “It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”
Our art clubbers have also been incorporating aspects of the summer. Painting gorgeous sunset pictures and using pebbles to create 3D framed pebble bird gifts.
A summer party!
We rounded off the summer with a big celebration: our Hawaiian Luau Day! Our residents love everything about a party – from the planning, to the preparations and the event itself. “Let’s do something different” they said. “Something bright and cheerful, something we can all dress up for.” We didn’t realise grass skirts were to be included! The life of a Lifestyle and Wellbeing Coordinator is certainly not dull for Joy!
We had a huge BBQ, tiki bar, fresh smoothies and ice cream stall, fruit skewers and crafts. Plus garden games and some hilarious wheelchair limbo dancing. The event was extra special as it was the first big get together event post COVID. Family were able to go mask free outdoors and enjoy fun in the sun making some unforgettable summer memories.