This week’s winter and Christmas themed session, led by Lucy, revealed so many similarities between different people’s experience, despite any variations in geography or date of birth. Other people’s recollections helped me recall many things I had entirely forgotten about. Most of them were food related! Christmas “treats” I didn’t enjoy but didn’t want to … Continue reading Winter
Joe led us in a second great session on journeys and transport, this time concentrating on the ways in which we regularly got around, whether on foot, by bike, train or in the cars we owned. There was so much to talk about! We shared stories of travelling to school, holiday outings, regular commutes to … Continue reading Getting around
Our topic of journeys was such a hit that we could have chatted all day! We decided that we would meet again to carry on the conversation, so this blog post is the first of two on the same theme. In this one, our stories centre around journeys that especially stand out in our memories, … Continue reading Memorable journeys
The prompt I gave to the group this week meant the sayings of loved ones emerged as a strong theme. After the session was over, this got me reflecting on my own family which led to a great chat with my mum and stepdad about memories of phrases that they remember their parents saying. (The best ones … Continue reading Sayings and phrases
Most of us said “leaves” when Lucy asked us to say one word we associated with Autumn. We talked of their vibrant colours on crisp yet sunny autumn days, the feel of them underfoot, watching them fall and their distinctive Autumn smell. Despite some wistfulness at leaving Summer behind, we shared memories of poetry, new starts at … Continue reading Autumn
“Close your eyes, listen to this recording of the sound of rain on a window. Imagine yourself, warm and dry inside a library. What libraries do you remember being in? Where would you like to be now? Imagine that in this library, on the shelves, are all the books, magazines and DVDs that you’ve read … Continue reading Reading
This group of people is a very kind one. The natural inclination of us all is to support, listen to and get to know each other. We have created friendly, enjoyable times together from this and a kinship has been born out our shared experiences. When I was reflecting on this recently, kindness seemed an … Continue reading Kindness
Our spirits were so lifted, after we’d discussed entertainment, past and present, in the Zoom break-out rooms. Nury, originally from Iran, explained how much he appreciates British humour, especially the old situation comedies he’s been watching on TV, such as Porridge and Only Fools and Horses. It was lovely to hear his chuckles. Thank goodness … Continue reading Entertainment
There was lots of laughter, and many smiles, as we shared our stories of a variety of celebrations and special occasions. Some of us shared treasured memories of birthday celebrations in the past, as well as our experiences of the recent inventive ways in which we’d been able to celebrate birthdays in spite of the … Continue reading Celebrations
I am fascinated with this topic and spent the whole session grinning as I got to hear about people’s daily and weekly habits, routines and rituals. I find the way we live our day to day lives riveting, especially during a time where our “normal” routines have been altered so much by external factors. To me, discussing … Continue reading Routines and rituals
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