New Farm Park, Brisbane

Saturday, May 13, 2017

BACK IN BLOGLAND

I can't believe it is over a month since I have posted. Retirement is so busy. Jo from South Africa has asked me to show more of the area to where I have moved. So here are some photos of the Retirement Village we have moved into. It is only a small village in comparison to the many others in Brisbane. We like it because it is in the same area where we have lived for many years. The rooms are big, the gardens are beautiful and the people are very friendly and not that old. There are great facilities and lots of activities. It is quiet and situated next to my favourite forest.

 This is our unit. There are 4 units in one building. Two upper apartments and two lower 'Garden Apartments' There are no stairs but road access to both the upper and lower apartments. The village is built on a sloping hillside. We have 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, gararge, laundry, kitchen, dining and living area with two balconies, one at the front and one at the back with views of the forest clad hills.

 This is our street called 'Tranquil Ave'.

 This is the other end of the street where I enter the forest for my morning walks. At the moment more units are being built on the other side of the road.

 This is the back of our apartment, the upper level. The lower level has a bigger garden in the front and a courtyard garden at the back but no view except of their pretty gardens. No one is living under us yet. This is the lower road called, 'Joy Place'.

 At the end of each street there is an orchard and we can help ourselves to the fruit.


Running through the middle of the village from the top of the hill to the bottom is a water course garden. It goes down four levels of streets.

At the end of our street there is a Japanese designed Zen Garden, where one can read or meditate or just stroll around.


 On special occasions traditional Japanese visit.

 A fence surrounds the garden to protect the plants from wallabies.

 A nice place for grandparents and grand children

So Jo, I hope this gives you a better idea of where I live. Bill says its like being on holiday in a resort but with your own furniture. See more of the village here;   http://elementsliving.com.au


27 comments:

  1. It looks all very good, I think you made the right decission to move over here.

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  2. Wow, thanks Diane. I really enjoyed that. What a unique way to utilize space by building top and lower level units with road access. I can hear what Bill is saying: it all looks so relaxed and serene that you feel you're holidaying all year round. I'm glad to see you back! Jo

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  3. It looks a delightful place to be I can imagine that you will settle there very quickly, in fact it seems that have already. Have a great weekend t'other Diane

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  4. looks perfect from here. I would be standing under that lemon/lime tree a lot. I think the part I like the best is access to the forest. I love trees and wooded paths. and also the no stairs part is good to

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  5. It looks idyllic - all those gardens and none of the work!

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  6. What a lovely place! It seems so peaceful and quiet, two things I value highly. You will spend many happy hours outdoors there and looking out from your balconies. Thanks so much for taking us around!

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  7. You seem to have settled in very quickly into your new home.

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  8. You have a beautiful place to live. I wish we had more of these retirement places in US. Your husband is right, vacation lol

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  9. That's a real paradise where you are living ! We have nice apartment units too together with a main house with rooms only, but of course it is not so beautiful or maybe it's different because of the climate, light and other plants.

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  10. Welcome back to Blogland.... what a beautifully planned community. I'm so impressed. Love that you have all those beautiful gardens with no maintenance... that's perfect. As is being able to walk into the woods. Sounds perfect.

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  11. It certainly looks like a holiday resort! ☺ I don't think you could have picked a more suitable retirement spot Diane, you have absolutely everything you need here without all the maintenance problems that go with owning a house and garden, brilliant decision!

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  12. Welcome back to Bogland, Diane. Your new place looks bright and comfortable, and there is certainly a lot of beauty close by too. It's great that your favorite forest is so close by. You and Bill look happy in your new life adventure.

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  13. It looks as if you and Bill have found your own little piece of heaven.

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  14. Looks a lovely place to live Diane, the idea of two levels and no stairs sounds great.
    Just like a house really with bedroom and all.

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  15. Thanks for the photos of your new home and surrounds Diane. Lovely to read how contented both you and Bill are. I love the Japanese garden and, yes, a beautiful space to bring visitors. A real bonus being near the bushland. In all it sounds a very happy spot in which to live - good for you! Cheers :D)

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  16. Hello Diane , your new home and neighborhood looks fabulous! The water feature sounds onderful too! It is great you are so close to your favorite walking spot! Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  17. I love your new home and area Diane, looks very pretty. I would enjoy walking around there.

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  18. Thank you, Diane, for showing us the exterior and grounds of your new home. It's wonderful to read that you and Bill are so happy in your new home. It seems to suit you both.

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  19. Hi Diane
    Your new home and surrounding look beautiful! We belong to a senior group and some of the members live in a similar retirement community nearby and they also enjoy the less stress filled way of life. More and more of these types of living arrangements are being built here, too, which is reassuring to us they look very comfortable.

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  20. A beautiful house, which is still quite big and with gorgeous surroundings. Love the bush so close by and the Japanese garden is beautiful and peaceful. Yep I can see you having a good time there :)

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  21. Looks like a lovely place to live and know that you will enjoy living by this forest and the gardens. Good for you!! Glad to see you back

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  22. You picked a lovely place to live. I like so much that they tie outdoor places to the smaller living units.

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  23. WOW---I'm so impressed... Your new home/area is marvelous. You two certainly made the correct decision to move here... LOVE it.. Congrats.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  24. Your new home sounds so lovely and perfect for you two! Thanks for the photos and the tour. It seems like the 'perfect' retirement village.

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  25. What a delightful retirement village, Di. I'd love to live in resort like surroundings - with my own furniture. Surely life can't get better than that?

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  26. Wow, this retirement village is great, so attractive and well designed and all those nice features. If we had anything like it near us I would consider moving.
    It looks like an ideal place for you.

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