Lots of fun was had during pirate week at Hill House as residents took part in lots of pirate themed activities from arts and crafts to treasure hunts and baking a delicious rum soaked cake. We have enjoyed an outing along the canal taking in the last of the summer sunshine and a trip to the bowling alley competing against each other to knock the most pins down.

Concentrating on lining up the bowling balls on the ramp ready to give a big push and send it towards the ten pins.

And we have a winner.

A pirate themed treasure hunt lucky dip had residents trying to find the winning flags to win themselves a share of the chocolate coin treasure.

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake, champagne and lots of love and laughter.

It wouldn’t be a pirate week without some rum, this decadent rum fruit cake made during the weekly cooking club certainly had plenty.

As pirate week came to an end it was ships ahoy as we took to the water for a trip along the canal, taking in the last of the summer sunshine.

As the weather starts to get cooler and we head into autumn, residents have been celebrating the harvest and all things autumnal.  The Harvest Festival is a celebration of the harvest and food grown on the land. It is about giving thanks for a successful crop yield over the year as winter starts to approach. Residents reminisced about decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food during the festival.

Autumnal art and crafts across the home on Monday morning with basket weaving and chalk leaf rubbings.

An afternoon tea party is a great way to socialize and chat with friends over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Thank you to this lovely lady who helped to clear away afterwards.

Enjoying a little sunshine in the garden.

Autumn bingo

Tuesday’s new group Physio session started this week, everyone got plenty of exercise as well having lots of fun, particularly when instead of raising the pool noodles up in the air everyone decided to have a pool noodle sword fight with the person opposite them, with much laughter from everyone.

Others enjoyed some flower arranging or tending to the indoor garden.

A variety of games, puzzles and one to one time

Music therapy with Gabriel on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday morning our weekly flower arranging club got together, while others played dominoes.

Live entertainment with singer Smokey Joe on Thursday afternoon

Friday morning playing snakes and ladders is always popular or getting creative with painting and drawing.

Friday afternoon cooking club we mixed, kneaded and shaped some beautiful harvest loaves of bread.

Farmers used to make harvest loaves of bread from the new wheat crop to give to their local church. They were then used as the Communion bread during a special mass thanking God for the harvest.

Sorting autumn leaves and trying to work out what tree they are from by their shape was a lot of fun. There was also some one-to-one pamper time with staff.

Sunday papers and the rugby on TV