trip a feast for the senses
The colourful sights, lilting sounds, hearty aromas and tasty flavours
all created a feast for the senses during a recent cottage country
excursion for residents of London’s Meadow Park Nursing Home
and Retirement Lodge.
According to one resident, the outing was just
what the doctor ordered, so to speak. “This would be great
medicine weekly,” enthused T.J. McCullough.
Forty-eight residents, along with family members
and volunteers, boarded a comfy coach bus and enjoyed a day out
at an idyllic lakeside country campground in Bayfield, followed
up by a visit to the beach at Grand Bend.
“The scenic drive was just amazing with
all the colours of the crops in the fields and beautiful flower
gardens en route,” says Michelle Bronsard, activity co-ordinator.
Upon arrival at the Pine Lake Campground, the
sun was shining and the residents “were overwhelmed by the
surrounding beauty of the nearby lake, the smells of the hamburgers,
hot dogs and onions cooking on the barbecues and the sounds of the
birds singing,” says Michelle.
Before their barbecue feast, the group watched
a performance by the Pine Lake Line Dancers – and, as Michelle
notes, a few residents were motivated to get up and dance.
Fresh potato and macaroni salad accompanied the
meal, and to top it off, residents enjoyed ice cream cones, “one
of our all-time favourites,” Michelle says.
Next came a hay wagon ride for a scenic tour around
the campground, which included flower gardens and fishponds. Along
the way, the residents participated in a sing-along.
“We did not want this special moment to
end,” says Michelle.
However, the special moments did continue, as
the group boarded the bus and set off to the beach at Grand Bend.
The golden sand and blue surf inspired some residents to share memories
“Residents were able to reminisce of days
gone by, going to the beach with their young families,” recalls
The group arrived back home just in time for dinner.
Since then, says Michelle, many residents have
expressed their appreciation for the excursion.
“The interaction with residents, families
and volunteers was second-to-none. It was a time to rekindle old
friendships and start new ones,” notes Michelle.
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