Judy and Eileen move in.
The very first residents to move into Ryman’s new Devonport retirement village have arrived and are delighted to be in their new homes.
Judy and Eileen, who discovered they have a mutual friend, are now neighbours across the hallway from each other.
Judy’s move was scheduled for the morning and as she had organised for moving company Elderly Assist to do all the work she arrived at midday to see all the unpacking well under way.
“I woke up this morning and realised I had tai chi so I went off to my tai chi class!” she said as she headed into the lift on her way up to the apartment for the first time.
“I am now in a zen-like space!” she laughed.
Armed with just two shopping bags containing essentials such as milk and a brand new toilet brush, Judy only had to make a few decisions on furniture placement and whether to eat food from the platter that Ryman had provided or the packed lunch that her son Pat had thoughtfully provided.
She was also delighted to receive beautiful flowers from both Ryman and Elderly Assist but was even more impressed by the view from the balcony.
“I’m pleased I’ve got the view of Auckland city, and I’m going to enjoy watching the village being built from my window, it’s fascinating to watch!”
Soon afterwards, Eileen arrived with her daughter, son-in-law and niece in tow to lend a hand.
Eileen has lived in Takapuna for the last five years but had spent 50 years in Bayswater before that.
As soon as she opened the door to her apartment she ran straight to the balcony to check out the view from her new living room.
Rangitoto Island is on the left and Mt Victoria is to the right and in the middle is a view across the Ngataringa wetlands across to the golf course on Lake Road.
“Ohh this is what I’m most excited about seeing,” she said. “It’s lovely!”
Eileen was delighted to meet her new neighbour Judy and said she was feeling slightly envious of Judy’s almost-unpacked state!
“I’ve got way too much stuff. I didn’t manage to do as much downsizing as I intended to do!”
Both residents met Village Manager Murray Bain and Regional Operations Manager Lynn Charlton who went over all the new information they would need to know before wishing them a very pleasant first evening in their new homes.