The new garden space has transformed the back garden of the north Brisbane aged care community, providing an additional place where residents can take time to reflect, walk their dogs, have a barbecue with friends or family, or simply enjoy the new area to read a book, make a garden or watch the birds.
The opening ceremony, held on March 2, 2018 was well attended by residents and Seasons staff. Seasons Kallangur’s first resident, Eileen Marsden cut the ribbon which was followed by a reading from resident poet, Arthur Rosbrook.
Arthur made a speech telling the crowd what the tranquillity trail meant to him and his fellow residents. He mentioned that the space had always been special to him and now with the restoration complete, he looks forward to using it once again.
“The space we once called ‘the chook yard’ has been very dear to me for a long time. I’ve come down here on many occasions to find peace, solitude, companionship and to watch the joy of other people bringing their dogs and grandchildren down here,” said Arthur.
“For more than two years I have enjoyed many times alone or with friends and family, the wonderful benefits of what has become Tranquility Trail. I used to refer to it then as my oasis. A place of rest, to stimulate ones very soul, to read, to meditate, to make new friends, to behold the beautiful roses and all the other glories of nature. Now all this has been magnified within this beautiful new complex.”
“We the residents are very, very grateful for all that has been done for us. We will make great use of this, that is for certain.”
He then shared a special poem he wrote for the occasion:
There’s a new look around the old fowl yard;
There are gardens, their beauty displaying,
Where residents take their grandchildren
To run around, happily playing.
There are rare treasures there to be found;
Feel the magic of birds serenading on high –
Nature’s beauty on show all around,
With the peace of God ever nearby.
May the hand of God be upon it.
Forever more to bless,
This tranquil trail, this fairy tale,
This garden of happiness.
Our Kallangur aged care community is one of Seasons’ garden communities, with the ground-level one-bedroom apartments all connected to the Tranquility trail and other community spaces by a covered walkway.
We hope the residents of Seasons Kallangur enjoy using their new space as a meeting spot or a place where they can relax in the sunshine.