We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area that is rich with history from back when Australia was settled. Camden especially is a town that is brimming with interesting stories, historical figures, and sites. One such site is Belgenny Farm.
Established in 1805 by John and Elizabeth Macarthur, Belgenny Farm contains some of the earliest collections of colonial farm buildings in the whole of Australia. Today, the property at Belgenny Farm and it’s buildings serve as an educational centre, with direct links back to Australia’s rich agricultural history. It is also apparently an increasingly popular venue for weddings, business functions, and other private or community events.
Recently, some of our residents from Paling Court enjoyed a trip out to Belgenny Farm for the day, to get a taste of the ‘rural life’ that Camden is known for. It was a fantastic time for the residents, who were able to reminisce about their own experiences with farm life. Many of our residents were born and raised during a time when farming still played a large part in the fabric of the towns they grew up in.
Residents enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, and had a chance to see some of the farm animals. Many of the residents are very much looking forward to coming back in the future.
To celebrate Game III of State of Origin, our residents at Carrington enjoyed a hot pie for lunch recently.
Pictured here are Brittany and Maureen, one of our residents here at Carrington. Maureen is celebrating a successful series campaign for Team NSW, while Brittany is mourning the outcome of the series for the Maroons. The kitchen at Carrington has always been wonderful when it comes to catering to all of the different festive events being celebrated throughout the year.
From pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, to Chinese on Chinese New Year, all sorts of tasty treats are highly anticipated and very much welcomed by the residents at Carrington.
We recently had the pleasure of celebrating a special milestone with one of our longest standing volunteers. Earlier this month Sheila Murdoch celebrated her 100th Birthday- she has been volunteering with us at Carrington for 60 years.
Even after reaching this special milestone, Sheila has no plans of slowing down. Sheila plays the piano every Friday in one of our four residential care facilities, where she is joined by others in the music group she plays in known as ‘The Melody Makers.’
Sheila considers playing the piano as pure enjoyment for her- she grew up in a musical family and still recalls learning the piano from her mother, and another teacher back in the 1930’s.
Sheila has said that there is no big secret to reaching 100- she has been amazed by the advances that she has seen in medicine, telecommunications, technology, and science over the past 100 years.
Carrington marked the special occasion with morning tea at Paling Court for Sheila, along with a delicious cake, some flowers, and a special commemorative plaque to highlight her achievements in volunteering.
Happy 100th Birthday Sheila, and best wishes for the years ahead!
Our residents from Mary Mackillop recently had a wonderful day at the Blue Mountains. Despite the chilly weather, the residents and accompanying staff members had the opportunity to enjoy a packed lunch of sandwiches and desserts.
Nature put on a real show for the group, thanks in part to the chilly weather on the day! One minute you could clearly see the Three Sisters and the surrounding escarpments, the next minute they were covered by wispy clouds! The opportunity to take a couple of snaps came around a few minutes later, when the clouds suddenly parted once more.
Some of the residents had never seen the Three Sisters before, so it was a great opportunity to learn more about Australia’s strong Aboriginal Heritage. Many described the beautiful formation as breathtaking and awe inspiring.
The residents of Werombi Court always look forward to their Wednesday morning pamper sessions.
Karen is a qualified beautician who generously volunteers her time to provide some pampering to our residents. Pictured here is Nancy and Karen, catching up over a cup of tea and a shiny new coat of nail polish.
Both men and women enjoy manicures, hand and arm massages, and the ladies always look forward to a fresh coat of nail polish. This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents to socialise and make new friends with people in the community. They always look forward to a new face and friend.
A big thank you to Karen, whose bright and cheery disposition brings such happiness to our residents each week!
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