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A Move That Wasn't Part Of The Plan

Christine and Greig Pannier were quite happy where they were. Moving into a retirement village wasn’t ever really part of their plan.

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A Move That Wasnt Part Of The Plan

13 May 2019

Stories | Retirement Living

Christine and Greig Pannier were quite happy where they were. Moving into a retirement village wasn’t ever really part of their plan.

“The move into BaptistCare Watermark happened quite suddenly. It wasn’t really part of our plan. To be honest, we were quite happy where we were,” said Christine.

“I had a look through the village with my daughter about 18 months before we moved in. I told my husband I liked them and much later, he came and had a look. He liked them as well.”

“We decided to put our house on the market and move in. It was as simple as that and we never regretted it. We both love it here. It’s just a great place to be. We were both sixty and still working when we moved in. We actually both retired about five years ago. It was something that just happened and we are both glad it did.”

“We love keeping active. Greig plays a lot of golf. I do exercises and tap dancing. We’re involved a lot with what goes on around here. It’s easy to stay active with exercises of a Wednesday morning over in the old Monastery. That goes for an hour. Craft is on a Tuesday afternoon, and that’s great. Quite a few people do it,” said Christine.

“We’ve made lots of friends here. We have a happy hour of a Friday night and everyone gets together. It’s a really friendly community and we all enjoy it.”

It was important for Christine and Greig to make the decision toward their retirement and aging in place for themselves. “We made the decision for ourselves. I think our children are very happy that we are happy. They’ve got their lives and we’ve got ours. They know we have our friends here now, and that we’re very happy with our choice.”

“We have three daughters and six grandchildren. They are great fun and keep us busy. We just got home from babysitting two of the grandkids in Canberra. It’s wonderful.”