Julia West, aged 72, originally from Aberdeen, travelled all over the world before deciding to settle down in the North East of England in the small town of Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees.
Julia, recently made the move just up the road to Hill Care home Mandale House, and decided to use her love of verse and put pen to paper to share her journey to the place she already sees as her home.
She said: “I have always loved reading poetry and since moving into Mandale House I have been encouraged to try my hand at writing and take up this activity which I really enjoy.”
Home Manager Chris Reason said: “Julia’s poetry is wonderful – it is a great way for her to share her experiences and really express her creativity.
“As a home we love to encourage our residents to continue activities they may have enjoyed in their younger days and even try out new hobbies that may interest them.
“We want our residents to feel as at home as possible, so we support and listen to any suggestions our residents wish to share.”
Mandale House, part of the Hill Care group, is situated in a quiet residential area in Thornaby. It offers 56 single bedrooms and impressive grounds with mature trees and a large decked area for our residents.
Julia wrote the following verses:
Water gushing everywhere
All I could do was stand and stare
The stopcock I could not reach
Help I need I do beseech
A call for help to repair
Was put on hold to my despair
All I could do was stand and cry
But my priority was getting dry
In the bedroom I went and fell
All I could say was ‘Bloody Hell’
An emergency call I had to send
Care call came to save and mend
My saviours said I could not stay
But we will help you if we may
They got on the phone and called around
Until a care home they had found
To Mandale House I have come
And this is now my happy home
Everyone here is helpful and kind
That has given me peace of mind!