March 2017

Thank goodness winter is on its way out at last!  For our first ‘get-together in March, the Memory Cafe was ‘full of the joys of Spring’ : books and puzzles about flowers and gardens were enhanced by some beautiful floral artwork painted by two of our talented friends – one a regular visitor to the cafe, the other an indispensable helper.  Finally the tables were decorated with posies of familiar herbs including parsley, mint, sage and rosemary.

In the corner of the room was a striking floral display, and beside it was Sue, the creator, our speaker for the afternoon, who had come to talk to us about herbs and flowers. As usual, the cafe was packed, but you could hear a pin drop as Sue gave us a brief insight into her many horticultural experiences before demonstrating how to create a remarkably realistic carnation from a paper serviette and some wire, along with some pinking shears and a degree of patience.  In fact we were amazed to learn that the carnations in Sue’s beautiful floral arrangement were indeed made of paper! Everyone was then provided with materials to ‘have a go’, and the results were truly impressive. Finally, Sue showed us how a corsage could be created by just adding a sprig of lavender and some ivy leaves.

Afternoon tea was, as ever, delicious with a wonderful selection of home-made delicacies, giving the chance for some more socialising and the opportunity to complete puzzles or chuckle over some amusing flower based jokes.
For the last part of the cafe Sue talked to us about common herbs and their uses – medicinal, cosmetic and edible.  She brought many samples for us to see, taste and smell and together with our herbal table displays it was a sensory delight!  To complete the afternoon we had the opportunity to take home a parsley plant as a starter for our own herbal garden.

Altogether it was a very busy and enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to another one at our Memory Cafe Extra on Monday 20th March.
Crantock Memory Cafe is open to anyone in the local area concerned about memory loss and we are always pleased to welcome new members, with their carers. Should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.