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A Culinary Journey through
Northern Ireland bedroom perfection
It’s certainly the challenge of
publishing that you always have your
head in the wrong season - each year,
Christmas begins for us in July, which
is about the same time as I start to
ask my friends and family what they’d
like as a present or if they’re free for a
meal in December - each year I’m met
with the same furrowed brows and
a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking
about that yet!’
Forward planning aside, it is a rather
lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m
mostly sorted for the festivities - my
only issue being losing said gifts
between July and December 25th. If
your industry doesn’t quite prepare
you in the same way though, we’ve
got a bevy of festive features to help
get you prepped.
Alongside Christmas features,
we’ve got a lovely interview with
The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda
Owen, plus some delicious recipes
from her new book.
If you’re receiving guests this year,
we’ve got some inspiration on
creating the perfect guest room
sanctuary. And if festive madness all
gets too much, you can always slip in
Editor Katie Thomson
Publisher Sally Thomson
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The news has been all doom and
gloom of late, but I think it’s important
that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel
crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is
looking so much brighter than 2020’s,
and there’s so much to be thankful
for. This quote from the legendary Bob
Hope really captured that for me:
“My idea of Christmas, whether
old-fashioned or modern, is very
simple: loving others. Come to
think of it, why do we have to
wait for Christmas to do that?”
We are looking forward to seeing
you again in January - we are doing
away with the New Year, New You
nonsense and instead focusing
on what 2022 can offer you. Until
then, take care, have a very Merry
Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
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First of all, in layman’s terms – what is
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Our pets our so important to us, how
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Leucillin has a great reputation for safety
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KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE
AND HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS
To share a stress-free and safe Christmas with your dog,
The Kennel Club has rounded up some tips on how to keep
them comfortable and safe during the festive season...
A DOG’S DINNER - Each Christmas there are thousands of cases of
dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealthily stealing chocolate
and other unsuitable festive treats. With so much going on during
Christmas so try and keep treats out of paw’s reach.
One of the most hazardous Christmas treats is chocolate, which
is highly toxic for dogs. It is important to keep any chocolate
treats, including tree decorations, out of your dog’s reach to avoid
poisoning, and ask your visitors to do the same.
Christmas dinner also involves a lot of foods which can be
dangerous for a dog, either through being toxic, too salty or too
fatty. Owners should avoid feeding dogs turkey, goose or chicken as
bones can easily splinter causing an obstruction and possibly even
piercing your dog’s tummy.
Sweet treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding all contain dried
fruits including raisins, currants or sultanas which are toxic to dogs.
Other dangerous Christmas treats that should stay in a cupboard
and away from your pet include macadamia nuts, blue cheese,
alcohol, bones, fatty foods and mouldy foods.
FESTIVE FUN - Christmas festivities can be overwhelming for dogs,
from excited and noisy children to crackers banging, so avoid forcing
festive fun by making sure their routine isn’t disrupted. Take them out
on their usual walks and keep their dinner at the same time too. To
help them feel secure, ensure they have their usual space and bed
where they can retreat if they want to.
When visiting family and friends over Christmas, or fitting in some
Christmas shopping, make sure you don’t leave your four-legged
friend alone for more than four hours.
DANGEROUS DECORATIONS - Christmas decorations and
presents are often just as intriguing and exciting for dogs as they are
for humans. However, some seasonal decorative plans including
holly, mistletoe, ivy and poinsettia, can also be dangerous. When
decorating your house, make sure these plants are out of your dog’s
When choosing your tree, consider an artificial one as they don’t
drop needles and are likely to be less harmful to pets. It can also be a
good idea to leave the tree up undecorated for few days, giving your
dog a chance to get used to it being there.
Avoid hanging any chocolate, sweet or salt-dough decorations on
the tree and keep the bottom branches bare of lights, tinsel and
If you think your dog
may have eaten,
touched or inhaled
speak to your vet
There is further advice
on how to have a carefree canine
Christmas on The Kennel Club
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Gifts for gardeners and the garden too!
Matt Biggs, the gardening expert, gives us some excellent ideas on Christmas presents for your
It is that time of the year again, only this year hopefully we can be
with our loved ones and celebrate Christmas as we want to.
Whilst the past 18 months have been difficult and challenging for
so many of us, one good result is the interest in gardening that
spending so much time at home has created.
Bee-keeping is a great hobby -
and there is no better way to help
nature than to help our bees -
check out local bee keeping clubs
and societies - and do buy local
New gardeners, born again gardeners, there are many ideas to
bring a Christmas morning smile - so here are a few, and not only
good for gardeners but good for the garden too.
Horticulture courses - from the RHS courses to local college
courses and even garden club activities, there are many ways to
learn from those in the know - and gardeners are great sharers.
The gift of a course, a membership or a good book is a great way
to encourage budding gardeners and assist those who want to
fulfil a gardening wish.
Older people who can no longer garden may be able to do a little
more in their gardens if the beds are raised so that they can sit and
garden or do so from a wheelchair . If housebound, planting a small
but beautiful tree or shrub so that it can be seen from the house is a
great idea, and a bird feeding station will offer hours of entertainment
and be great for the birds too!
From locally made hand creams and soaps to really good tools,
books, vouchers for the local garden centre and bird tables there
is plenty to keep a gardener happy - and give nature a bit of a
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The yorkshire Shepherdess
Tells us about her life in the Dales
Known to millions as The Yorkshire
Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the author
of five best-selling books about her life
on Ravenseat ,one of the most remote
farms in the country, where she lives with
her husband Clive and nine children. She
currently stars in Channel 5’s popular TV
show Our Yorkshire Farm and her latest
book is Celebrating the Seasons includes
stories, recipes and photos from the farm
and is out now.
I understand that you had had no
previous links to farming, may I ask
how you became so involved in this line
I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in
my family is from a farming background.
I loved the James Herriot books when I
was a child, and watched the TV series.
Because of James Herriot I loved the idea
of being a vet, probably like most other
children of that era, but was told at school
that I was not academic enough to make
the grades. One day in the school library
I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.
It was a photographic documentary of
hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Reading that book was an epiphany for
me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on
the moors with the sheep made me realise
it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the
box of wanting to work with animals in
the countryside and importantly it also
ticked the rebellion box as it was so the
opposite of my townie life up until then.
Years later after I had married my husband
Clive, we realised that there was actually a
photograph of him in Hill Shepherd! So it’s
a very important book to me.
How did you learn your crafts? One of
the many things I learnt from your book
was how important it is to get the grass
in - in good time.
I started out as a farm hand, and then
moved on to being a contract shepherd,
working on different farms all over the
country. But really, I learnt everything as I
Most of my crafts came through natural
progression, learning to ride a horse
by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by
clipping my first one, learning to work a
dog, by taking the dog out with me for the
You can only learn what to do by doing it,
you have to get practical on the ground
experience. Nothing comes close to
learning how to be a shepherd, other than
actually doing the work of a shepherd and
it’s not just about learning about sheep,
it’s about learning about the land.
With the grass it starts with the sheep.
You’ve got to have your sheep in good
order - we grow hardy stock through the
winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow
your crop well, so they have food to eat
throughout the winter.
You enjoy sheep shearing - were you
nervous when you cut your first fleece?
Of course, but you know, you have to be
nervous in order to be any good at what
you’re doing. If you’re lambing sheep you
are dealing with nature first hand, but
there is no room for you to have time to
be nervous as you have to get on with the
job. It’s you alone in that moment and it’s
not optional to be nervous. That pressure
makes you work fast.
The first time I clipped, I would clip the
sheep while the professional shearers
were having their dinner, and they
would encourage me or discourage me
depending on what I was doing, and then
the more you do it you get faster. You
keep practicing and eventually you will
How do you spread yourself between
9 children - it must quite a noisy
household at times?
It is a noisy household. But we’re very
privileged to live where we do which
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means that there’s plenty of room for
everybody to get some space outside. I
enjoy the busyness and noise of family
life in the house. But I can get away from
it by walking out my front door. Plenty
of people can’t as they leave their front
door and if they live in a city, it’s still loud
and busy when they get out. We’re lucky
here to have the wide open spaces and
the kids spend a lot of time outdoors.
We’re working farm and that means that
everyone mucks in - no matter what
the age, it could be collecting hen’s
eggs, feeding the horses, or helping find
uniforms for everyone, also cooking. Real
dough is just as good as playdough and
the kids love learning to cook. The only
time when we all come together is tea time
at the farm, when we all come together to
eat, it’s my favourite time of day, when I
get to hear what everyone’s been up to on
the farm and school.
Your children must have a wonderful
time and appear to have no fears with
any of the animals. Do they each have a
I suppose they do. Quite a lot of the girls
loves the horses. Violet loves the cows,
she was excited recently that our pet cow,
Ciara has now come in from the fields.
Violet hand reared Ciara from a calf, so
she thinks she belongs inside the house
and doesn’t like the other cows. Miles is
very taken with the hens and his flock of
30 sheep. Through the winter and up to
lambing time Miles looks after his flock of
sheep after school. Sidney has his own
dog, Nell a sheep dog and she runs for
him, so that’s quite a big thing for a young
lad to be able to work his own sheep dog.
It’s a level up from being a pet. The terriers
are wonderful they are real characters,
they are source of frustration as they
will have fights with each other, or they
wander off from the farm to the local pub
quite a few miles away! The terriers, are
Chalky and Sprout, sadly we lost Pippin at
the beginning of lock down. Tony the pony
(pictured above right) is loved by Annas,
Clemmie and Nancy, they look after him,
feed him, brush him and ride him. They
also love the bigger horses Josie and
Princess. Princess is very good with the
kids and often two of them ride her around
the fields. They also like to take the horses
down to the river and give them a bath
and wash and comb their tails.
Will any of them follow in your
Yeah, I think so, at the moment Miles and
Sidney are very keen on farming and Edith
is a good shepherdess. That said I never
place any expectation on any of them
to follow me into being a farmer and a
shepherd. You don’t know where life will
take you. I’m not sitting here going: “I want
you to be a shepherd”, because life goes
through stages, and what you want to do
changes, so I’d rather they make their own
choices, they can do whatever they want
to do. It’s a difficult thing to ask a child
what they want to do with the rest of their
life. They’ll figure it out as they go along.
What is your favourite season and why?
Summer. But really I mean June. June is
my favourite month, because all the sheep
have had lambs and been turned back
out onto the moor and it’s before hay time
and clipping, so there’s a lull and a pause
in the farm work, and at the same time
everything comes to life - the flowers, the
birds on the moor. In June, the Curlews
are back, as are the Lapwings, Golden
Plover, Black Grouse. All you can hear
is birds, wherever you’re walking. There
are woodcock and snipe too - they are
all ground nesting birds up here on the
moor, so you get to see their nests as
well - and it’s just beautiful. The flowers
you see in June are marsh marigolds,
globe flowers, all the hay meadow
flowers, rare orchids - it’s really pretty.
What made you decide to write this
book? It is a delightful read and the
recipes are a treat….
Celebrating the Seasons, came about
because I wanted to answer some of the
most frequently ask questions, how do
you cater for such a big family? Tell us
about the practicalities? What do you
cook? It was really difficult selecting
recipes for the book. I wanted to include
forgiving recipes. Recipes that it was
totally fine to get distracted in the middle
of and would still turn out good. Recipes
that were achievable with the most
basic of ingredients, simple feel good
food, that was nutritionally good too. My
absolute favourite is the Tagine recipe,
it’s a people pleaser, for me its so easy
and the smell always brings everyone
to the kitchen - which is helpful! Every
time I cook it it’s different, sometimes
chick peas, sometimes wild rice, some
times couscous - it always comes out
slightly different each time. In addition
to the recipes, people have told me they
loved my photos and images of the farm
that I post on twitter and would always
suggest I do a photograph book. If you
go back to basics it was a photography
book - Hill Shepherd - that inspired me
to become a shepherd. So it’s nice to
go full circle. I know how inspiring a
photography book can be - how it can
really steer you and how a picture can
tell a thousand words. I really hope that
when people buy the book, that they
look at the pictures over and over again
and still find something new in them, as I
have with Hill Shepherd.
What would you like to tell our readers
about your life?
I want people to know that Celebrating
the Seasons is a book about going your
own way. It’s not a blueprint for how you
should live your life, it simply says this
is what we do as a family this is how we
do it, feel free to follow the recipes, or
do them your own way. I want people
to not let themselves to be stereotyped,
to know that all things are achievable if
you really want to do it. So many people
said you won’t have time to write a book,
you won’t achieve that. But I believe you
can do anything you just have to start
doing it. If you want to write a book,
start writing. I got an E in GCSE English,
and this is my fifth book. Anything is
the Seasons with The Yorkshire
Shepherdess by Amanda Owen by Pan
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Dinner is served
Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen
Wild Mushroom Soup with
Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes
2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated
450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow
chanterelle, roughly chopped
50ml Madeira or sweet sherry
850ml hot vegetable stock
3 sprigs fresh thyme
200ml double cream
1 tsp mushroom powder
Salt and black pepper
25g chopped toasted hazelnuts
1 small bunch wood sorrel
2 tbsp olive oil
Handful of wild mushrooms
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add
the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5
minutes, until softened but not coloured.
Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a
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medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are
Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and
cook on a high heat for about a minute until
the alcohol evaporates.
Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,
then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the
boil then cover and simmer gently for 20
Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with
a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the
soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean
pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the
mushroom powder, then season the soup
and gently reheat over a low heat.
Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into
a small food processor and blitz for a few
seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the
pesto is a little thick and season to taste.
For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some
oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the
remaining mushrooms for a couple of
minutes until golden.
To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,
scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,
and top with a spoonful of pesto.
Try serving with homemade spelt bread.
Moroccan Lamb Tagine with
Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes
2 tbsp olive oil
600g lamb shoulder, diced
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
40g tomato purée
400g can cherry tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick
50g dried apricots, chopped
2 large pieces orange peel
285ml lamb stock
1 small bunch coriander, chopped
200ml hot vegetable stock
1 red onion, chopped
100g pomegranate seeds
1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped
1 small bunch coriander, chopped
3 spring onions
20g almonds, toasted
Salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas 4.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large
heatproof casserole dish, then add the
lamb and sear and brown on all sides for
about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from
the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and
Return the casserole dish to the heat and
add the remaining oil. When hot, add the
onion and fry gently for approximately 8
minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry
for a further minute.
Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir
in the tomato purée then fry for a further
minute. Return the meat and any juices
to the pan with the remaining Tagine
ingredients (except the fresh coriander),
bring to the boil then cover with a lid and
transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.
Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the
couscous into a bowl and pour over the
hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly
with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes
until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.
Season the couscous, then stir through
the remaining ingredients, saving a few
almonds and herbs to garnish.
To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon
stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle
over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm
bowls with the jewelled couscous.
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And time for pudding...
More tasty recipes from Amanda Owen
Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Cake
Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 40 minutes
250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm
50g caster sugar
50g plain flour
25g butter, cut into cubes
40g chopped mixed nuts
25g demerara sugar
170g butter, softened, plus extra for
85g caster sugar
85g soft brown sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
170g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
30g custard powder
Icing sugar to dust
Custard to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas
Grease and line a 21cm round spring-form
Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and
sprinkle over the caster sugar. Heat very
gently until the sugar dissolves into a syrup.
Simmer for 6–8 minutes until the rhubarb
just begins to soften. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile make the crumble. Place the
flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the
butter with your fingertips until it resembles
breadcrumbs, then stir in the chopped nuts
Next make the cake. Beat the butter, caster
sugar and soft brown sugar in a bowl using
an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light
and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract
with 2 tablespoons of the flour, beat for
a minute until combined, then fold in the
remaining flour, baking powder and custard
Drain any excess juices from the rhubarb
and discard the syrup, then gently fold the
cooled rhubarb through the cake mixture.
Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin
and gently smooth the top with a spatula.
Sprinkle the crumble over the cake and
press down lightly with the back of a spoon,
then bake on the middle shelf of the oven
for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden, firm
to touch, and when a skewer is inserted it
comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the
cake tin, then transfer to a plate.
Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving
warm with custard.
Also delicious served with ice cream or
Hedgerow Nutty Crumble
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 40 minutes
40g golden caster sugar
2 Braeburn apples, peeled and sliced
200g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced
300g foraged berries or any mixed berries,
such as blackberries and wild raspberries
125g plain flour
85g unsalted butter, diced
85g demerara sugar
50g rolled oats
30g chopped toasted hazelnuts
Custard or ice cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
For the fruit filling, melt the butter in a
pan, add the sugar and apples and gently
simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and
simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to a
23cm round oven-proof dish.
Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping.
Put the flour into a mixing bowl and rub
in the butter with your fingertips, until the
mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir
in the sugar, oats and hazelnuts.
Sprinkle the crumble topping over the
fruit, then place the dish on the middle
shelf of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes,
until the crumb is golden and fruit
Allow to cool slightly before serving with
custard or ice cream.
Try using other seasonal fruits such as
damsons or gooseberries.
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ALL FIVE SERVICES INSPECTED
Thank Though the goodness new regulations, 2021 standards is a New and Year inspections and spring seem
will endless, be the upon ethos us at soon! Woodlands has not changed here in thirty
years either, “Treat each resident as if they are your own parent”.
Our garden is a quagmire and only in use by the very daring but
Not difficult to understand, though challenging at times. The staff,
with the recent visit of the gardener, by the time you read this
all highly qualified and very experienced in the field of Dementia
the daffodils will be thinking of coming up and the garden will be
Care, take enormous pride in their team with the results of a
looking lush and green, and ready for activities!
“GOOD” in all five categories of the CQC Inspection Report.
Residents However, the at Woodlands greatest reward have is choices daily…seeing that they residents are capable content, of
making secure, and – now comfortable – not tomorrow. and feeling By this at home I don’t without just mean social lunch or
tea pressures. in the garden. Being a Occasionally small home, only a resident fourteen might residents, prefer most to keep
to residents themselves get on in together their own well!! room There and is enjoy always their a quiet own corner company if
or someone their visitors!! feels a little Each Me-time resident is is in invited order! to join an activity or
just Woodlands observe. House It could is a be care skittles, home exercise, for elderly dancing, people with or a short board term
game. memory It loss, might dementia, involve a confusion, few, or be and on a Alzheimer’s one-to-one disease. basis, but The the
choice families is of theirs. residents at Woodlands have recognised, that whilst
becoming less able to live independently, even with home-care,
An their unhappy remaining mood skills can and sometimes abilities can be be changed, more successfully just by a big
smile maintained or a cuddle given specialist if invited. care, Observation earlier rather is absolutely than later. vital With as staff
pain, with an anxiety, average worry, of eight can years not always at Woodlands, be expressed familiarity but is can key. be
seen by an experienced and trained carer. We recently realised
The environment which is comfortable and homely with all
that our AVERAGE employment record is eleven years! Staff
soft furnishings, gives the warmth and understanding normally
at Woodlands can ask a resident what they would like, already
associated with family care. It is also borne in mind how families feel
knowing that their favourite is the lunch of the day. This means
when first leaving and later visiting loved ones. It is important they
continuity and a depth of knowledge about each individual
feel comfortable and confident in the care being provided and that
resident. How to and not to approach, their likes, needs, joys
Activities both daily are specifically tailored around each resident.
and what makes them content, perhaps even while suffering an
illness Christmas that is every coming, one and of us like reading everyone this else lives we in will fear be of. preparing This is
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the residents future, patiently consider wait Woodlands for the warm House, aromas a small of baking luxury indicating family run
care supper home and near Christmas the beach. are on CQC their 5 way! STARS Another rated. year Maintaining at Woodlands!! the
HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PROTECTIVE CARE.
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Woodlands House has been specialising
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With Covid19 we are especially under pressure, to provide not
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desperately sacrificing and trusting us with their loved. At Woodlands
our absolute top priority is the correct use of PPE, and our wonderful
permanent staff even restricting their own private lives to protect
our residents. Most of Woodlands staff have been employed for an
average of six years.
We also realise that taking and accepting the responsibility of making
such a life changing decision on behalf of a loved one is the hardest
decision we ever have to make. Finding the type of care available is
daunting in itself. Do you want a new large modern home with all the
“facilities” or do you want the home that offers the nearest possible
“feel” to a home? Do you want familiar caring staff, most of whom
have been at Woodlands for years and years with the maximum
experience, qualifications, and ongoing training and a Manager who is
in daily contact with both residents and staff?
Do you want to see every certificate for every course and pictures
of member of staff because there are so many, or do you want to be
greeted by the same team week in week out when you CAN visit?
These same staff knowing my loved one not only during the day but
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