These cheerful displays in our home were created by our lovely ladies – Elizabeth, Jinny, Jean and Barbara. They chose a selection of colourful flowers – including carnations and tulips. The ladies got to work trimming the stems and arranging the bunches. We all agree that flowers make the home feel more inviting, brighten up…

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Jean added a few drops of paint to one side of a piece of paper, then folded the second side over the paint and pressed the paint sandwich together with her hands.When we opened up the folded paper, Voila! Jean had a unique and symmetrical painted design that we think looked like a pear. Well…

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David mixed up a delightful batch of cupcakes for the residents to enjoy. He throughly enjoyed this activity and found it very relaxing. Once baked and cooled, Davidadded icing and sprinkles to his cakes for decoration and served for all to enjoy.

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The Orchard team gathered for a geography quiz. Good knowledge of locations and countries brings appreciation of the uniqueness of places, including traditions, cultures, religions, foods, sports, etc. We love our geography quizzes – they reinforce our interest in the world and it is also lots of fun to learn new things.

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Whilst I sat with John having a coffee and a chat one morning, I asked John, “What would you like to do?” Jon paused for thought. When I was about to give him the choice of activities he might like to do, he replied, “I would like to just sit here and hold your hand!”…

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We ran a session of freestyle painting with John and Mary Liz. Both had a great time with this activity – loving a splash of colour to brighten up the day.

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A snowman found his way into our garden during a cold spell. Residents were kept warm by throwing snowballs!

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We chalked up some mini black board quotes to display on Valentine’s Day. We have decided to keep this idea going throughout the year – we’ll be writing regular messages of positivity, support and happiness.

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For lunch on 14th February, the residents enjoyed a beautiful roast lamb, followed by blueberry cheesecake for dessert.After a few glasses of wine, we all reminisced about what love meant; we talked about love for our families and close friends. Everyone was made to feel extra special, with quotes written on mini blackboards to remind…

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Our game of batting the confetti filled balloon to each other using our hands was fun and it kept us busy using our hand and eye coordination skills – everyone did very well in this popular group activity.

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