La Récolte December Newsletter

In this Issue>>>

Resident of the month

Holiday Blues

Gifting Ideas

December Fun

Recipe of the month

Resident of the Month

Francis Murray- Rawbone

Francis Rawbone is a well-respected resident at La Récolte, she loves to travel, enjoys fun activities with fellow residents and her positive outlook is contagious.

It is our honor having her as Resident of the month in the last edition for 2020.

In the Spotlight

Please tell me about your life before La Récolte?

My love and interest in children resulted in a career in teaching at Wynberg Boys junior and principal at Holy Cross Sisters school.

Why did you decide to become a resident at La Récolte?

Having lived in Zinnia street for the past 50 years and seeing the veldt develop into a suburb, it naturally followed that I chose La Récolte as a retirement home. I procured my little nest in August 2018.

What do you do for fun?

I love to travel abroad and in South Africa, however it has been somewhat curtailed by Covid 19 and my lack of mobility.

I now spend time reading and building jigsaws with fellow enthusiast!

Do you have any fond memories of La Récolte?

When I won a magnificent vase of roses at the Valentine’s day tea party, another is when a neighbor saw me struggling and offered me the use of his walker, with such kindness and empathy. I am truly content and comfortable at La Récolte and find the staff solicitous and caring.

My sincere hope is that all the residents at La Récolte continue to enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings, the fellowship and the inner peace that comes with the knowledge that we are truly blessed to be here.


Holiday Blues

Although the Holiday Season is usually filled with excitement and celebrations, for some in their “golden” years, this can be one of the toughest times of the year.

The stress that comes with taking part in these special celebrations can be overwhelming for some. Many people, regardless of age, can experience feelings of sadness, disappointment and depression this time of year which is often referred to as the “Holiday Blues”.

Some seniors experience the “Holiday Blues” more intensely, while others are not affected at all …

Life experience brings many changes with it, and our senior family members often reach a point in their lives when it becomes more difficult to adapt to change. During the Holidays, in particular, some reminisce about better times and the absence of their loved ones. Some of their spouses or closest friends might even have already passed, and their grown up children have busy lives of their own now …

How to help someone suffering from Holiday Blues:

• Communication today is easier than ever! Give them a call, send them a card, send a vase of flowers, anything that transmits the message that you care and you are thinking about them.

• Go and visit them and bring your family along - Have you ever seen the happiness of grandparent around a grandchild? This holiday season keep that in mind. There is no better gift than the gift of good company and building memories that will last a lifetime

• Invite your lonely neighbor for Christmas lunch, a cup of tea or even just a quick chat.


Recipe of the Month

Salmon Parcels


360 g smoked salmon slices

200 g cream cheese

2 lemons

1/2 bunch chives, washed and snipped,

2 ripe avocados, peeled, destoned and sliced


1) Line 8 small molds with cling film. Line each one with a layer of the smoked salmon, ensuring the salmon pieces come up to the top of the molds. Chill in the fridge until needed.

2) Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese, the juice from 1 lemon and the snipped chives. Fill the molds with the cream cheese mixture, put the avocado slices on top, fold over the excess salmon and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.

3)Serve with melba toast.


December Fun

V & A Waterfront Drive-In Cinema

Ster-Kinekor has brought back the drive-in option to offer you a great outdoor movie experience from the comfort of your vehicle.

Where: V & A Waterfront


Cinderella & Frikadella Pantomime

Enjoy this toe tapping, laugh a minute, dance in the isle pantomime.

Where: The Roxy Revue Bar, Grandwest Casino

When: Friday Nov 27, 20:00 - Sun Dec 20

Contact: 0219816064 or


Gifting Ideas

These gifts are thoughtful, helpful, and can improve a older adult’s quality of life.

Jumbo Playing Cards

If someone you know is having trouble reading his playing cards, a set of jumbo playing cards may be just what he needs.

Boombox with CD

What’s better than receiving an old-school Boombox with a CD with your favorite artist on it? It’s the perfect reminder of the good old days.

Game Tygervalley: 021 915 6400

Key Locator

If your elderly parents are constantly losing their keys, a key locator will improve their lives.

Photo Phone

Do one of your loved ones have trouble dialing using a conventional phone? A photo phone is a great alternative.

Custom photo blanket or Scatter Pillow

Your loved one will really enjoy receiving a custom photo blanket filled with photos of the family.

Next Edition>>>

New Year’s Resolutions

Resident of the month

New Year’s Eve

Recipe of the month


La Récolte

Retirement Village

Contact Residentia Trust at: 0219756794

Cnr of Old Oak & Mountainview Road, Ridgeworth, Stellenberg

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