We kept ourselves very busy this week at Farnham Mill with lots of walks outside, singing along whilst Louis played the piano, quizzes, games and of course, trying cheese with our delicious cheese tasting trolley.

Monday 17 January and we started the morning with some table tennis, ball and balloon games.  A great way to get some exercise and socialise.

In the afternoon the sun was shining and so we took the opportunity to look around the garden and see the bulbs starting to shoot.  It was such a beautiful blue sky.

Tuesday 18 January and we started the morning with puzzles – noughts and crosses as well as the usual jigsaw puzzles.

In the afternoon Annie, one of our Care Partners, ran her baking club and residents were making delicious scones.  Just right with some jam and cream.

Wednesday morning and a couple of our gentlemen went for an early walk in our courtyard garden before joining in with our exercises and word quiz.

Father John, our local Church of England vicar, regularly visits on a Wednesday to have quiet chats with residents.  Its something they find very comforting at this time.

Some residents joined gardening club on the first floor.   Planting seeds to go in the flower beds in the next few weeks.

In the afternoon we all gathered to hear Louis play piano and we all sang along to our favourite tunes.  We enjoy being together to share and take part in these events.

At Farnham Mill we love to celebrate National Days as they are a chance to reminisce, learn new facts and generally have a bit of fun so this week, when we heard it was National Cheese Lovers Day on Thursday, we made sure we had a selection of cheeses to try in the afternoon. In the morning we learnt lots of cheese facts such as how American President Jackson had a cheese made at the White House that was 4 feet diameter and 2 feet thick and took 10,000 visitors 2 hours to eat! Nothing quite that big at Farnham Mill although we certainly tucked into our tasty cheese trolley.

Thursday was also our flower arranging day so there were lots of fresh flowers for our residents to arrange.

Friday 21 January started off with balloon games around the home.  It’s a great way to exercise and keep fit.

In the afternoon a group of residents and staff all took on the challenge of finishing a jigsaw puzzle.  No one was able to walk by without putting in a piece and there was a lot of satisfaction when it was completed.

Saturday morning and we enjoyed a chance to pop outside to check on the ducks and then we worked together on our Giant Crossword.  Other residents enjoyed some feet, hand and head massages.

In the afternoon, as well as having a delicious afternoon tea, we also helped celebrate a lovely lady’s 99th birthday.  Such a special day for her.

Sunday morning and whilst some residents watched our local church service on line, others painted some Scottish kilts and bagpipes for our coming Scottish theme week.  We were very proud of our efforts.

In the afternoon some ladies got together for their knitting club, whilst other residents enjoyed an afternoon film.