FROM Tai Chi to weekly outings, Carseldine Gardens proves that residents can have the best of both worlds in their retirement.
Catherine Le Mesurier recently moved to her new home at the village and celebrated her 90th birthday last week.
"I invited six of the ladies on Thursday for my actual birthday. I get on very well with them," Catherine says.
Born and raised in Egypt to a British father and Italian mother who were working there, Catherine spent many years working in Egypt before migrating to Australia with her husband in 1949.
However, after her husband passed away in 2017, Catherine decided she needed somewhere smaller.
"The house was too big for me and even though I loved the gardening, I couldn't keep it as nice and tidy as I'd like to," Catherine says.
Catherine saw a half page advertisement for Carseldine Gardens in her local paper and says she liked it because it did not have any exit fees.
Catherine now lives in a one-bedroom home, but says it feels spacious and modern. She continues to garden, as she brought many of her plants in pots which she keeps on her patio and lawn.
Though she is new to the village, Catherine likes how easy it is to socialise.
"I go to Tai chi every Monday for an hour, then there's a free morning tea on Wednesdays."
"There's always something to do!"
Catherine loves that there is an on-site hairdresser and she takes two trips per week to the local shops using her own car.
For residents who prefer not to drive, there is a village bus available to take residents out and other public transport is close by.
After her birthday morning tea, the 90th birthday celebrations continued into the weekend with her children and grandchildren coming from around Australia as a surprise.
"I don't know where the time has gone; I don't feel more than 60," Catherine says.
"I'm very lucky, I'm in very good health - I wouldn't be anywhere else!"
For more information, phone Sarah on 0402462071 or go to: libertyseniorliving.com.au.