Hill House dived into the Scottish theme this week with a themed lunch, Scottish quizzes and trivia and as part of cooking club residents loved making short bread biscuits and tasting their buttery biscuit with their afternoon tea made their hard work worth the while. This year we believe Hill House has set a new record for the number of Christmas trees within the company, we have 14 stunningly decorated Christmas trees in and around the home, all lovingly decorated by our fantastic residents (with a little help from staff).

Monday morning, we kicked off our Scottish themed week with arts and crafts, painting the traditional Scottish symbol of the thistle.

Monday afternoon, our in-house bowls torment took place with an impressive turn out of 14 players, working in teams to be crowned the winners.

Tuesday morning, we received stunning paintings and art work from the local Fleet Infant school Year R of fire work art work, we loved looking through their paintings seeing all the bright colours and shapes.

Others made Scottish flag centre pieces for our St Andrews day lunch, while listening to Christmas music and chatting with friends.

Our St Andrews Day lunch was a huge success, with a stunning food prepared by our amazing kitchen team, soft Scottish bagpipes played in the background and the tables were dressed with flags and bunting.

Tuesday afternoon we welcomed Christmas into Hill house as we transformed our lounges into a Christmas wonderland with a Christmas tree in every corner (14 across the home and visiting areas). We sung along to Christmas carols as we helped one and other string lights, hang baubles and fluff the tree branches.

Wednesday morning cooking club met in the lounge to make Scottish shortbread.

Louis plays piano in the afternoon, we love to ding classic songs, knees up mother brown, white cliffs of dover and your never walk alone are some of the most requested songs at Hill house.

Thursday morning, we tried our hand at festive wreath making, the table was filled with materials to use from bowers, fern and ribbons to use as a base and we could choose from baubles, pine cones, butterflies, beads and holly to decorate our wreaths. They are proudly displayed on the windows of the lounge so everyone can enjoy.

Thursday afternoon our floristry club met to arrange this week’s floral displays. Others took part in a giant group cross word or continued to decorate Christmas trees.

Friday morning, we played the double dice game, while we eagerly awaited our pets therapy visits from the goats, when they arrived, they were wrapped in tinsel and wearing festive hats it brought smiles to everyone’s faces as we petted them and learnt about goats and how they spend their days normally.

We continue to make Christmas cards as part of arts and crafts the cards are being kept and are for a very special surprise reason.

There was so much going on at Hill House in the afternoon, we played a group game of floor darts in the lounge, others took part in a movement to music exercise programme with super star carer Tina, others opted for a game of mini golf.

Saturday morning, we made Christmas cards and paper Christmas wreaths to display around the home, alternatively we played dominoes and board ages together. We took on a Scottish themed Quiz, with links to St Andrews Day. Saturday afternoon we watched Elf as part of movie club while tucking into pick n mix.

Others helped create a festive parcel display by the entrance of the dining room, wrapping empty boxes and tying bows and bells on them, wrapping Christmas presents brought back many memories of Christmas past and how we would start out wrapping with such enthusiasm and by the end the wrapping would be less presentable and more thrown together, others shared stories of how they would spend hours lovingly wrap and bow each present with so much care.

Sunday mornings church service this week was live from All saint Church as we tuned into to listen to Rev Tara and sing hymns. A smaller Catholic service was held in a lounge away from the main lounge offering choice and time for reflection for those who wished it. Garden view lounge completed jigsaw puzzles and loved our doll therapy.

Sunday afternoon, after the busy week we had we wanted to watch a nice Christmas film, we watched white Christmas others looked through letters and gift packages sent in from loved ones, sharing stories over a cup of tea.