Archie was talking about the dream he always had to have a lawn tennis court on our property. It got me thinking...We need someone to come and play on it to make it worthwhile. He's previously thought of offering accomodation here, but I think the problem would be...what on earth to do. We're a bit of a drive from the beautiful Eungella, but on the way, nonetheless.
I thought this place would make a great retirement village. It's got beautiful views and while I'm not romanticising how much fun a retirement village is, it could be a great place for single older folk to live. We'd have to offer...
A communal dining room and kitchen for shared meals.
Long table dinners outdoors under the stars
Tennis court that doubles as a croquet area or even volleyball, badminton, boules, beach cricket pitch-anything outdoorsy
We'd also need an indoor communal area for noisy stuff - movies, ping pong, pool table, piano for a singalong, with a quieter section for crafting and a library.
The dining room/kitchen/indoor activities area also doubles as a meeting hall once or twice a week, so we all get to see fresh faces regularly.
As an outreach, we could even have a coffee shop like Country Charm open just for morning teas. We'd just need someone to bake something fresh like bikkies or scones every day. Funds go to a charity. Leftover sweet treats get eaten after church meetings. Items for sale could include preserves and grown produce and anything you've crafted.
Everyone needs some privacy, their own apartment (or donger!) with hotel room type facilities for brekky and lunch. Come to the coffee shop if you need more company or invite someone over. Room available for visitors who don't live here but come from out of town and want to catch up (but book ahead!)
Community gardens provide outdoorsy work and fresh produce.
One shared meal a day is very " fine dining" as we're only giving you a tiny portion but we present it nicely as 2 or 3 courses.
Little bus takes you on outing twice a week. Once for fun, once for shopping. Those who still drive can offer a taxi service and be paid or paid in kind with bartered items, should folk need to visit doctors, other appointments etc.
No whining about sicknesses, but a prayer meeting held every morning to pray for those who need it.
Mainly I see the village as a place to continue fellowshipping into your old age and not be isolated if you are widowed and alone and at the mercy of people remembering to come visit you. Folk need to have the mindset of being helpful and useful to each other and the broader community.
That's where I'd like to live when I grow old... Our mission: to grow older gracefully serving God and others all the days of our lives.