To celebrate Scottish week, we had quizzes and games to test our knowledge of the highlands, we reminisced about holidays spent exploring the Lochs and mountains, visits to the many castles, of which we learnt there were over 3,000, and we even got to play on the bagpipes.  We had two trips out, one to watch the students play rugby at Lord Wandsworth College and another to see the Christmas lights in the local area.  Such a busy week.

Monday 28 November and as it was such a lovely morning lots of our residents enjoyed a walk around our grounds.  The sun was shining and the ducks were swimming on the pond, what a wonderful start to the day.  We then reminisced about Scotland and looked at some tartan and even had a go on some bagpipes – not very successfully.

Monday afternoon and we welcomed a new entertainer to our home, Geoff Gordon.  He played on his guitar and sang some great songs from artists such as the Everly Brothers, Elvis and Cliff Richard.  We tapped our toes and some of us even got up to dance.  We will certainly invite him back to perform again in the New Year.

Tuesday 29 November and in the morning our ladies enjoyed being pampered in the hair salon by our wonderful stylist, Teresa.

In the afternoon residents enjoyed adding pictures to scrapbooks and enjoyed freshly made cookies.

Wednesday 30 November and residents enjoyed exploring our interactive table.  There are so many different programmes on it, and we love having a go.

Wednesday afternoon and two of our gentlemen had the opportunity to visit Lord Wandsworth College to watch some sport.  Although it was very cold, they were wrapped up warm and it was a great experience.

Thursday 1 December and we were testing our knowledge of Scotland.  We were surprised how much we knew, and it brought back many memories of holidays in the highlands.

The afternoon was spent flower arranging.  So many flowers were delivered that we were all kept very busy arranging them and displaying them around the home.  A well-deserved cup of tea and cake are always appreciated at the end.

Friday 2 December and the morning was spent playing balloon games, it’s a great way to exercise as it involves lots of stretching, and we always have lots of fun so there are plenty of smiles when we play.

In the afternoon some residents watched our maintenance team decorate our tree outside and then we did a tour in the minibus to view the beautiful Christmas lights in the local area.

Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 December and we spent the weekend decorating our home.  Lots of trees have been put up and it was a chance for residents to help, reminisce, or just sit back and watch them hard at work.  We also enjoyed some lovely fresh mince pies, our first of the season and some mulled wine.  It really did make us feel Christmassy.