Meaningful conversations, reminiscence and celebrations at Alastrean House

Residents recognise Shrove Tuesday, Lent, Valentines Day and Chinease New Year throughout February

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This week at Alastrean House we have been making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, or fat Tuesday as it was known, a day for using up some of the ingredients in the larder before the start of Lent, on Ash Wednesday a day later. We mixed up our own pancake mixture and then later on after the pancakes were cooked we reminisced making pancakes and also tossing pancakes... so we had to have a go!

On Wednesday 14th February, Ash Wednesday and the first day in Lent we discussed the significance of this in the run up to Easter. The residents spoke about their experiences and memories of giving up chocolate or biscuits for the 40 days before Easter. 

Throughout the past two weeks residents have also been making some valentines crafts, weaving paper hearts and decorating some heart shaped biscuits.  On Valentine’s Day we decorated the bar and had a small party with cocktails and mocktails with marshmallow and cherries dunked in chocolate. Some residents commented on how they would like to do more of this!

We have lots of wellbeing activities going on regularly throughout the home, and we are looking forwards to the Chinese New Year celebrations next!