When they entered their eighties my parents decided that maintaining a four bedroom house with a large garden was beginning to be too much for them.
They still wanted a house of their own and Dad loves his garden so they decided to sell up and move into a Retirement Village in Hervey Bay.
In this village there are around 300 homes - mainly 2 bedroom but there are several with 3 bedrooms.
The amount of land around each house is small and there are no fences between houses but the gardens are lovely. The lawn is mowed and heavy work is done but residents can personalise their space or leave it to the staff. It's their choice.
With a smaller house and less garden to look after they can spend their time on other, more interesting passtimes.....
swimming in the pool or lounging in the hot spa
playing lawn bowls
joining in a spirited game of table tennis or billiards
meet friends to play cards, scrabble, mahjong, learn new crafts...
or just chat.
They have a fabulous meeting place they call the Grange
where daily drinks can be purchased at Happy hour and weekly dinners are held.
They have a library, gym and computer room....
and the latest inclusion in this list of occupations is this -
a community vegie garden where residents can acquire a garden plot to grow their own vegies.
It's been a roaring success - as you can see!
Small raised beds make it easy for old timers like my Dad to potter and grow lovely fresh vegies
It also provides a social focal point for the residents to chat ,swap and boast
about the quality and size of their produce.
No wonder the residents are so happy in this lovely place.
They have lovely surroundings and the company of lots of HAPPY people their own age.
Hope I can find something similar when I'm their age.