On Tuesday, we celebrated St Patrick’s Day, and we looked at the history of St Patrick and the culture of celebrating all things Irish! Some patients were Irish or had Irish ancestors, and we talked about the Irish sense of humour, accents, shamrocks, Guinness, Irish music, whiskey, soda bread, white pudding, the absence of snakes in Ireland, leprechauns, Daniel O’Donnell, religion and superstition.
We also made up our own limericks. I brought in my vintage typewriter, which originally belonged to my dad, to write the poems, and this led to lots of nostalgia from staff and patients about learning to type at school and work.
I also took part in a vintage tea party for patients and visitors at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield, and I wrote a limerick about each patient. Patients and visitors also ate 50s and 60s style snacks, like luncheon meat and salad cream sandwiches, and ate Tunnocks Tea Cakes (marshmallow and biscuit covered in chocolate!)
Writing the limericks was a great opportunity to chat to each patient, about where they came from and what their hobbies and interests are. We also had a good laugh! I hope you enjoy the limericks below, although my typing skills need some improvement!