Meanwhile, we've been back in South Africa for three weeks and already so much has taken place. Apart from the two birthdays recently, Rina and I attended a friend's mom's 83rd birthday party on our first Saturday home.
My beautiful friend, Carin and her lovely 83 year-old mum, Anna
Riaan, Hestel, Moi and Grant pose in front of Riaan's bike
Some readers of my blog may remember that we'd brought my mother-in-law to Marquard in August last year. She's been staying in a rented flat while our unit was being built. The unit is part of the building which houses three other elderly ladies, also living in units. Our unit is No 4 and a fifth one is in the same WIP stage as ours.
The entrance to Marquard Community Center
Grant and his mum on the veranda of the flat she presently lives in. If you look to the left of the photo, you can see the windows of the unit which MIL will move to
The view over the garden from MIL's flat. She will have a similar view from her unit
We feel relieved that we're actually here in Marquard at present; the unit will be habitable within the next two weeks and it would have been a challenge for Rina to move MIL from the flat to the unit (about 800m down the passage) on her own.
Meanwhile we've visited the unit in its finishing stages...
The large picture window which gives lightness and airiness to the room. MIL's 3/4 headboard will stand against the wall tothe left of the plug point visible in the photo
The built-in cupboard/closets on the opposite wall from the window
Rina and Pam discussing the unit
MIL was thrilled to see more hanging space in her cupboard.
She has more clothes than a model!
The image above doesn't do credit to the actual size of the shower. It can accommodate a wheelchair and carer should the occupant be too frail to wash herself
The toilets in these units are the bane of the inmates. The bowl set is too far from either wall, making it very uncomfortable for an oldie to reach the loo roll!
We popped into the unit next door (No 5) which is a mirror-image of Grant's unit. Here you can see how well Rina takes care of Grant's mum who hooks into her arm before moving anywhere!
Happy Saturday to you all!