Keep an eye on the calendar for our next “Country Kitchen Cooking, Diners Club”. This is a fabulous event where up to 25 residents can come and enjoy a lovely home cooked meal. Interested residents who want to help with the meal prep, sign on to do so and then at noon we open the doors to welcome all of our guests. This past month we featured, “European open faced sandwiches” which are truly a favourite here! We have fun cooking together and then feasting and visiting! When sign up sheet go up, spots go rather quickly, do keep an eye out for our next one!
A local florist has taken the movement of “paying it forward” and turned it into “petal it forward”. The Loyalist Flower Shop kicked off their campaign on Thursday Feb. 02. They stopped into 10 local retirement and long term care residences in the Kingston area to simply spread smiles. Each resident was given a lovely wrapped carnation with a card– FREE OF CHARGE!. Many smiles were given in exchange for the flower. Shelley and her team, arrived at the Waterford about noon hour and flowers were handed out in all dining rooms. It was truly something wonderful to behold! Thank you to Shelley and her wonderful team for such a lovely gift that put the spring back in our step on a cold winter day!
The Year of the Rooster! We had fun finding out about each other and what sign we are according to our birthdate. We actually had very few Roosters but plenty of Rats, Pigs, Horse’s and many Rabbit’s! It was fun to learn about the Chinese custom of the Lucky Red Envelope that children receive from loved ones on their Chinese New year! We decided to go out this year for our celebrations and found ourselves having a feast for the eyes as well as the tummies!
We had a lovely day here on the 25th of January. The celebrations revolved around the very famous Robbie Burns! We kicked the day off with a fun facts and Trivia session all about him and then in the afternoon we had a sing-a-long and our annual visit from our piper friend Collin who led the way for the Haggis with Scottish kilt wearing Sharon and Cassidy as part of the procession! Glasses were raised, the “Ode’ To The Haggis” was recited and visits were made to all dining rooms. Did you know that Robbie Burns was born on January 25th , 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was known as the “Ploughman Poet”. He rose from local hero to national celebrity. Some fun Facts:
The Soviet union was the first country in the world to honour the man with a commemorative stamp in 1956.
The first Burns Supper was held at Burns Cottage in 1801.
Burns had the “Honour” of being the first person to feature on the side of a Coke bottle, the only occasion to date where Coca-Cola have designated a design to one nation.
There are more public statues of Robert Burns all around the world than any other writer.
Burns-penned Auld Land Syne has appeared in well over 170 Hollywood films.
In 2009, an STV poll voted Burns the Greatest Ever Scot above William Wallace, Alexander Flemming, Jock Stein and fifth place David Tennant.