Autumn is a lovely time of year, trees turning from green to yellow to orange and then to red. Paths are littered with their leaves, children in colourful wellies wade through them and splash in muddy puddles. Although the gardens at both of our homes are bereft of flowers they are still alive with glowing colours. Up at Castle Hill House residents are often seen walking in the garden on crisp sunny days.
There has been a lot going on at Cedars Castle Hill during the autumn months, Harvest Festivals and Halloween fun, All Saints Day, Fireworks and of course the 100th year anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.
Our residents have been making poppies, writing poems, telling us of their memories of war time and lighting candles to remember those who have died.
The Activities and Care Staff have been encouraging them to recall their memories of childhood and poems have been written using their own words. Here is just one extract:
“When I was young
Long days in the sun
Fun by the sea
My family and me.
Then came the war
Everyone was poor
Long days we queued
Finally we won
But sad times for some.
Once more happy feet
Played in the street…”
In our kitchens jellies and ice creams and cold puddings have been replaced by comforting dishes, such as fruit pies, puddings and crumbles with hot custard instead of cream.
Now that the evenings are darker we draw the curtains against the night making rooms cosy, warm and welcoming for our residents and their visitors. Our aim is always to make a real home from home for them.
Yes, autumn is surely a busy and wonderful time of year and we encourage our residents to make the most of it!