PUMPKIN PASTIME: Elsie Vicary relives a favourite pastime as she bakes pumpkin scones.
PUMPKIN PASTIME: Elsie Vicary relives a favourite pastime as she bakes pumpkin scones. Felicity Ripper

Baking brings back fond memories for aged care residents

THE smell of pumpkin scones baking in the oven, and the satisfaction of creating good food for others, brings back fond memories for Gunther Village Aged Care resident Elsie Vicary.

She spent years of her life catering large weddings and events, and baking with her children.

Now she gets to relive one of her favourite pastimes, baking her own recipes for Gunther Village Resident Coffee Shop, which serves the Gayndah public every Wednesday from 9.30-11.30am.

"It's nice to be able to keep our interests up and I've always enjoyed cooking,” Mrs Vicary said.

"I've had my pumpkin scone recipe for so many years that I don't know where I got it from.

"One afternoon me and my daughter baked 300 pumpkin scones for my grandchildren's kindergarten, and now they're 30-somethings.”

Elsie Vicary bakes pumpkin scones at Gunther Village Aged Care Home, helped by Margaret Watson, lifestyle therapist Deb Crawford and lifestyle co-ordinator Jenny Thompson.
Elsie Vicary bakes pumpkin scones at Gunther Village Aged Care Home, helped by Margaret Watson, lifestyle therapist Deb Crawford and lifestyle co-ordinator Jenny Thompson. Felicity Ripper

On Tuesday Mrs Vicary, and fellow resident Margaret Watson, baked a fresh batch of her famous pumpkin scones, ready for the Resident Coffee Shop the following day.

Lifestyle co-ordinator Jenny Thompson said the shop provided an opportunity to bring the "outside world in” and lets the residents reminisce, cooking the food that tastes like home.

"It coincides with our playgroup, which gives a chance for mums to relax and have a coffee, and a chat with our residents, while their kids play,” she said.

"All the money we raise from the coffee shop goes back to the residents directly.

"Last year they were shouted lunch at the Rock 'n' Roll Diner in Bundaberg, and fish and chips during our Christmas light tour.”

The residents have different roles running the show.

Elsie and a fellow resident handle the money on alternating weeks, Margaret provides top-notch hospitality and humour, the lifestyle staff assist making coffees, and several residents bake their favourite recipes.

Local mothers, and anyone one who enjoys home-baked goods, are welcome to come along to the play group and connect with the residents over a coffee and a treat.


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