24th June 2018

A lovely day at Cannon Hill Park.

The weather was beautiful with a cloudless blue sky and a lovely cool breeze, 

We nibbled feta salad and sipped herbal teas,

Afterwards we found a secluded shady spot underneath some trees,

Where mum could watch children playing with their families. 

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After a day of hardly drinking anything, when we returned to the home I gave mum one of my small bottles of water with a reusable straw in the top and she was easily able to hydrate herself without prompting. I am wondering if it has something to do with accessibility, tea cups are made of heavy china with narrow finger holes and are maybe awkward to lift to ones lips, however a light plastic bottle with a straw sticking out the top is easier to navigate perhaps? It may also have something to do with the fact she absolutely hates being changed.

10th June 2018

We celebrated what would have been Nana’s 105th birthday with a Rustico pizza and ice cream at the Midlands Art Centre and a stroll around Canon Hill Park in the sunshine. When I arrived at the care home mum was indoors in front of a television. When I suggested going out she was whiney and anxious but as soon as I got her outdoors she was a completely different person, so happy and contented. When I reminded her of the before and after contrast she started to laugh. It was a glorious Summers day with plenty of people watching to pass the time. Several people stopped to chat to us. A lovely day. Happy birthday Nana x