On finding out Cornerways new maintenance man John had been a Fireman of 35 years, they invited him to come and have a chat about his fire fighting career with the residents. After many years, John had received a long service 25 year medal from the Queen.
John brought fireman helmets and uniforms from his lengthy career for everyone to see and try on. Residents enjoyed having pictures taken with him and hearing about his stories. To finish everyone was invited to take part in a question and answer session.
Residents and relatives had great fun trying on hats and gave a rousing round of applause to John and for all our fire service personnel.
Thank you John for sharing this with everyone at Cornerways, we enjoyed hearing about it too.
National Hot Tea Month is a fantastic excuse to have an extra cup of tea and indulge in a biscuit or piece of cake. Plymbridge House residents have been enjoying some tea tasting this month, here’s a blog from Registered Manager, Kathleen Shopland:
“Today we have tried the Strawberry and Apple Tea, it smells and tastes very nice. We felt that it was a great drink to soothe throats. It also made the day feel like a bright balloon, floating upwards, and brought about a sense of calm. There were however some funny looks when first tasting the Strawberry and apple tea.
Conversations about how to take tea were discussed between residents and staff at Plymbridge. One resident said it had to be in special china mug, with a little honey in the bottom topped with hot water, tea, and a dash of milk. A favourite seemed to be a china cup and saucer, tea leaves steeped in the warmed teapot , a tea strainer placed on the cup and the tea passed through, a little milk and sugar to taste added. A bonus would be to make it in to an event with a serving of tiny fingers of cucumber sandwiches and little bite size cakes.
Residents spoke about memories of childhood: – when the tea cups were empty, if any tea leaves had escaped the tea strainer, place the empty cup upside down, turn 3 times and then have your cup read, good fun for a small after tea game.”
Many of our residents across our homes have been enjoying various tea selections, perfect for keeping warm on these cold January days. So put the kettle on and enjoy your favourite tea whatever that may be.
January 2018 is National Soup Month. The cold, dark (and mostly wet) days in January are often used as the perfect reason to indulge in a bowl or mug of your favourite hot soup.
There have been celebrated soup dates dating all the way back to around 20,000 B.C where boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of the waterproof container. Interestingly the word soup derives from the French word soupe, meaning broth or soup, which was then sold as a cheap meal by street vendors to provide an antidote to physical exhaustion. Serving soups then become popular in restaurants around the globe and many cookbooks were published offering the best recipes and methods for homemade soup.
Nowadays you will head to the canned food isles in the supermarket for a tin of soup. This is thanks to Chemist, Doctor John T. Dorrance, who back in 1897 invented condensed soup with household name Campbell Soup Company. Originally the cans required water or milk to be added to double the quantity, however this is no longer the case as soup tins have become a very popular “ready-to-eat” meal and a lunchtime favourite.
To celebrate the goodness a bowl of soup can bring the stomach and soul, our residents have been enjoying their favourite soups over the January month as it is often found to be a preferred and more satisfying meal.
There is no clear soup winner, but as we all know you can’t beat a bowl of hot tomato soup with crackers or bread. It is also said chicken soup can help you get over a cold! What is your favourite hot soup and how will you be celebrating this month?
January is National Hobby Month. Perhaps the New Year Resolution is to try a new hobby or focus on the hobbies you enjoy.
Hobbies are great as they can relieve stress, challenge your brain, be social, good or bad for your health.
Within our homes we have residents interested in so many different things. We try to cater for as many hobbies as possible. We have exercise based: Tai-Chi, armchair aerobics, gardening (vegetable allotment, flower arranging), music (playing instruments, outside entertainers, dancing and singing. Lets not forget interest in animals, falconry, cooking, iPad clubs and knitting.
Which new hobbies are you going to set yourself this month?
Our homes are focusing on linking with their local communities including links with nursery’s and local schools. Perhaps one of your New Year goals is to take part in some volunteering, if so we would like to hear from you. We have numerous activities you can get involved in throughout the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 346442 for more information.