In the past we have talked about building relationships and taking trips to Ottewell Manor for art and story time as well as taking walks though Ottewell Lodge to visit with seniors. Most recently we started going for walks through Ottewell Terrance and have been building relationships with the residents of this building. We have joined the women and men during their coffee times on Monday and Tuesday, respectively; and have even been invited to join colouring time on Fridays. Most recently when we have been walking through the Terrace we met a women named Beth. Beth, having a background in early childhood was always excited to see us and has offered to play her guitar and do an impromptu music time.
On Monday we ventured out on one of walks to Ottewell Terrace. We started off how we usually do, climbing the stairs floor by floor until we get to the top and take the elevator all the way down to main floor to greet our new friends who will be having coffee. As soon as we walked out of the elevator we were greeted by a few women who were very excited to see us. We continued on into the social room where there were many ladies excited to see us. Beth immediately greeted us and ushered us over to a cleared space were we could sit down and got out her guitar. Much to our surprise and amazement she had prepared music sheets for the other women to join in on our impromptu music time! Beth started off by teaching us a new finger play song about a windmill, we waved our arms up, high in the air just like a windmill would. Next she sang a song that shes been teaching us about 6 little ducks. We still require some practice for this song but we are improving greatly! Beth finished our impromptu music session by singing a few song while playing her guitar. She sang ‘oh my darling clementine’, ‘the wheels on the bus’, and our favourite ‘baa baa black sheep’. We look forward to many more impromptu music session with Beth and all the women and men at Ottewell Terrace. Sarrah has been busy in Quartz Room finishing up her last week of placement. We made roti and mango purée with her this week as well built a fort to resemble a house built by the Maasai Tribe from Tanzania on her last day. We have had lots of fun playing with Sarrah and will miss her but wish her the best in her future endeavours. We hope you all have a great Easter weekend.
See you Monday! Erin Kerry and Kaitlin