Our residents from Paling Court had the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine recently, with an outing to the Drummoyne Sailing Club. The Leisure and Lifestyle team at Paling Court have quite a few foodies among their residents, and are always looking for new places to take the residents to lunch.
They finally decided on the Drummoyne Sailing Club, with the residents having a chance to enjoy the scenic route thanks to our Volunteer Bus Driver, Jerry. The residents had a great lunch out on the balcony, watching the blue sky give to grey and keeping an eye out for some of the more expensive looking boats out on the harbour.
Residents of Grasmere Terrace indulged in cooking pancakes with staff and peers for Shrove Tuesday whilst reminiscing about their own cooking days with the family.
Most of the residents preferred strawberry jam and cream on their pancakes, but we think most of all they got their laughs out of putting gloves and hair nets on for the occasion.
Shrove Tuesday is believed to be a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent.
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up, so Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent.
The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning Fat Tuesday. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a quick and easy dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
They say that wisdom comes with age, and this is certainly the case with Mrs Lorna Hoare, one of our Grasmere Terrace residents. Lorna recently celebrated her 102nd Birthday with her closest family and friends.
Born and raised in Abergavenny, Wales, Lorna trained as an art teacher and was happily teaching handicapped children in a school in Norwich when she met Harry at a dance in the summer of 1939. He and Lorna were married on the 6th September, 1939 (three days after the start of the Second World War).
Harry and Lorna moved to Australia in 1951 with their two young children, Rod and Jenny. They settled into the northern suburbs of Sydney. Their family grew by two with the arrival of daughters Mandy and Mindy. The children’s love of horses resulted in the purchase of a small, run down farm in the Picton area. They moved permanently to the Picton district when Harry retired in 1977 after a very interesting career in the construction industry that included being Resident Director and Project Manager of the Sydney Opera House construction.
Lorna became increasingly involved with the local community after settling into their farm, ‘Shingle Hill’, with Harry and the family. Through her interest and hard work, Lorna established an award winning garden, and became engrossed with the setting up of the Picton Garden Club. She served as it’s inaugural President.
After their move to Carrington in 2005, Lorna rediscovered her artistic leanings at the age of 91. She amazed family and friends with a wonderful outpouring of paintings and portrait sketches, many of which currently decorate her room in Grasmere Terrace.
Lorna has always loved being with people, and she always enjoyed being involved in parties and events. A particular highlight in her life was being presented to the Queen at the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Harry and Lorna were happily married for 72 years. Her family believe that the success of this partnership was in no small part due to Lorna’s indomitable spirit and her boundless sense of humour. Harry passed away at Carrington in 2011 at the age of 97, but he hasn’t left Lorna- he is regularly in her thoughts.
Lorna is admired and adored by her ever growing family- they are all in awe of the very full 102 years of life that she has lived so far.
The ladies of Werombi Court have been embracing the festive season, and working very hard recently to create some Christmas tea light jars. Because of their enthusiastic efforts, over 120 jars were decorated!
These jars will be used with tea lights to create a warm and festive environment within the Werombi Court facility over the Christmas period.
A big thank you to Gwen, Bev, Lorraine and Ivy for all their hard work!
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