April 2019

On April 1st Spring had sprung at the cafe!  Visitors arrived to find a theme of ‘Gardens and Gardening’ in the room and with an ‘Anything Gardening’ word-search and a ‘Find the Hidden Flowers’ quiz to tackle they soon proved they were no April Fools!

After time for a chat everyone listened with amusement to a topical poem by Pam Ayres, before David introduced our friend Margaret Shillaber from Camelford, making a return visit. She had come along to show us how to make decorative ‘collars’ for plant pots, before helping everyone to get ‘stuck in’ planting up a selection of seasonal flowering plants.  There was a choice of violas, forget-me-nots, french marigolds, pansies and nasturtiums, as well as some strawberries.
Small groups moved to the ‘planting table’ which was well equipped with compost, seeds and pots generously provided by Lisa from the Newquay Garden Centre at Quintrell Downs. Everyone enjoyed a practical gardening experience and the results were some attractive pots of plants ready to take home.
Meanwhile others continued to work on their ‘pot collars‘, or had time to view a garden-themed display which included garden tools and trugs, seeds and pots, garden books and magazines, and even a scarecrow! ‘Conversation starter’ boards covered topics such as ‘flower shows’, ‘garden tools’, and ‘favourite flowers’, all of which revived memories of garden and gardening experiences, past and present.
After a welcome break for tea and cakes there was time for a ‘Flowers in Songs’ quiz and a ‘Flowers and Herbs’ cryptic quiz before it was time to compare thoughts and answers, and to collect our pots to take home,
It was a busy and enjoyable afternoon for all and many thanks were given to Margaret before the cafe closed its doors once again.
We look forward to meeting up again from 2pm – 4pm on Monday 15th April and Monday 6th May  at Crantock Village Hall. New members, who have a degree of memory loss, are always welcome to come along with their carers, and should you require more information please contact Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or see our website: www.crantockmemorycafe.org.uk