I have been with my Dad for five weeks now...
Living with him in his villa at Woodcote
Retirement Village. I don't have a lot of
experience of living in retirement villages
but I have to say that I think this is one of the best.
In New Zealand we have just passed the
winter solstice. Everybody in the village
was invited to dinner... Including me!
And what a dinner and occasion it was.
The tables were beautifully set...
The loveliest out of season fresh flowers decorated
each table... Dark red velvet roses...
Chocolates... Wine glasses...
Every person had a rolled up menu...
Everybody gathered... And got themselves seated.
This is the smaller of the two dining rooms
for the people who live in the serviced apartments and
in the villas... And on this occasion, for any guests.
Chatting... And waiting in anticipation...
This is where I sat...
With Dad and his friends Leo and Lex
And here come the staff... These are the two activities
people, Christine and Louise... Today magicians
with their magic wands... They came bounding
in to much laughter and applause...
Bearing gifts of wine, bubbles and other drinks...
This is Mouse. He lives in the rest home
but had decided to dress up and join the fun...
Here is Liz... Another magician bearing bubbles...
Which she proceeded to pour into everybody's glass.
Liz is the manager of Woodcote
Liz is the manager of Woodcote
and I can't sing her praises highly enough.
The most wonderful person who turns
this retirement complex into a village family.
This dinner is the 'family' Christmas dinner - mid winter-
because everybody is 'at home'. Not like mid summer
Christmas when lots of people are away...
Christine is 'doing things' with her magic wand
as dinner arrives on the big trolley... Sharyn in
charge of all that... Another amazing staff member.
Sharyn looks after the people in the serviced
apartments and this dining room. She knows
all the people and all their likes and dislikes.
Every meal has hot gravy poured on... Cranberry sauce
for those who want it... And served with a smile.
Dinner was superb... Menu above...
Christmas plum pudding served with custard
(I don't like custard) and lashings of cream...
And several refills of bubbles...
And chocolates to eat if you had room!
Very replete it was time to move on...
To the rest home dining room to watch the
'real' magician for some magical moments...
He was very clever... Louise
his willing? helper... In the box is a glass
of water... tipped up and over and every
which way... But no water fell out.
Marilyn... who looks after about 25 people
in one end of the rest home...
She is about to have her head chopped off...
But miraculously when the blade falls... Her
head is intact...Mmmm... How does Josh do this?
He was highly entertaining for an hour or so...And of course
the trick everyone was waiting for... The white rabbit that
appeared in this cage where previously there had been
a white dove that magically appeared in a silver roasting dish when
the lid was lifted then was put in the cage so it couldn't fly away...
It disappeared to be replaced by the rabbit... Amazing.
Josh very kindly took the rabbit around so everybody could
stroke it... It was very placid and not at all perturbed
when one old man picked it up by its feet and
wanted to take it home... Josh wasn't having a bar of that
though... He wasn't going to part with his magic rabbit.
It was a very special and fun day. I congratulate
all the staff for the amazing effort they put into
making sure everyone had such a great time.