Wardside Gazette No. 26
October 2012 · Editor: Resident Margery Neill and Resident Andrew Hodge
Dr. Audrey Insch from Edinburgh, Elisabeth Hunter from Muthill and Jane Hepburn from Auchterarder were here for periods of respite and we hope they all enjoyed their stay and benefited from it. Late last month Catherine Stevens, who had been a resident at Wardside House for some years previously, has returned and we wish her well.
There were no birthdays among the residents last month so the Gazette is taking the opportunity to send the very best of wishes to everyone here at Wardside House – residents, staff and management – birthdays or no birthdays.
On two days last month all members of staff attended training sessions on Anticipatory Care Planning and later Sandra McCulloch and Pat Burns attended Dementia Awareness training. Rose Brown, a care assistant, has left to stay in Blairgowrie for a time and Pilita, who has worked in the kitchen for some years, has also left.
The Craft Class:
In addition to making a number of small but suitable items for the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal, six shoe boxes have been covered with coloured paper ready for receiving donations which hopefully will bring a smile to children and adults from low-income families. It is reported that last year over 120,000 peoples lives were brightened by such gifts. The Craft Class boxes will be available soon in the reception area with a list of the items most required and your help once again would be appreciated.
The Quiz Night continues to be very popular and is growing in the number of residents attending.
Future Special Events
Church Service by Rev. W. Ross on Sunday 7th October at 2.30 pm.
Church Service by Rev. A. Barton on Friday 2nd November at 11.00 am.
A Musical Afternoon on Tuesday 16th October at 3.00 pm – see overleaf.
A Hallow-e’en Party for the Staff’s children — near the end of October.
A Musical Afternoon:
Residents will be pleased to learn that arrangements have been made for a return visit by All Aboard on Tuesday 16th October at 3.00pm. When they were here in August, everyone who attended, thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance. It will be a different programme this time of course but by the same artists – Helena Fraser and Bob Simans – and should not be missed.
How Arabic words have crept into our everyday language
Coffee comes from the Arabic qahwa which entered English in the late 16th century via Turkish kahveh. The wild plants had been taken from Ethiopia and cultivated in Arabia where the drink spread throughout the Arab world including Turkey and became particularly popular in Constantinople, which in those days was an international metropolis.
Sugar has been in the English language for much longer than coffee and coming from the 13th century by way of Old French and Italian from the Arabic sukkar.
Candy, the North American term for confectionery, comes from the Arabic qandi which means ‘candied’ or ‘clarified’ and crystallized by repeated boiling.
A sequin was originally a Venetian gold coin whose name came from the Arabic sikka, a die for making coins.
An elderly lady is sitting on the patio with her husband, sipping a glass of wine. With a wistful look in her eyes she says,
“I love you so much, I don’t think I could live without you”
“Is that you or the wine talking?” her husband asks.
“It’s me” she says, “talking to the wine”.
Tit for Tat.
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast to her brunette hair.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?”
Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.
” The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “ Mummy, how come all of grandma’s hairs are white?