Carol Peel with Registered Nurse, Trescha Knowles.

Carol Peel usually spends much of her time organising social events and assisting with sales open days at Living Choice Alloura Waters. Despite not being able to enjoy the village’s usual activities, she is grateful she is living in the village.

Just been sitting quietly and reflecting on the events of the last six weeks. I really have missed so many things - no lovely long lunches, no evening dinners with family and friends, no Easter celebrations or ANZAC Day parades. Then I realised that all these activities will be available again soon at my lovely Alloura Waters.

We have such an active Social Committee hosting Tuesday Night Dinners, Supper Club nights with entertainment and what a lovely lot of talent we have from our residents, including our own band called the Gunner Doers. We celebrate Australia Day, observe ANZAC Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Soup Days in June, Spring Dinners in September and the list goes on, including monthly Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Every Friday and Saturday night we have Happy hour and boy, do we get happy! There’s also Sunday afternoon movies, Saturday afternoon concerts, card nights, snooker on Monday afternoons, Zumba, Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, Craft, Quilting, Art and our own Workshop.

I’ve realised that I don’t miss outside activities - I miss my family and friends in my very own village. Alloura Waters is a wonderful place to reside. The residents are kind and helpful and we have the most amazing staff. How lucky Wayne and I are to live in such a great environment.

During the lockdown I have never felt lonely because we have lovely neighbours and we all have each other’s backs. I feel safe knowing that if I need medical help it’s there in an instant. If this is the next step to heaven this is where I want to leave from. Thank you to all my mates who live here for making this my Happy Place.

Carol pictured with fellow Resident Ambassadors and at one of the village’s social events.