A life well travelled
With a love of travel both in her working life and in retirement, Robin has many a story to tell.
Robin Seager has been a resident of Lutanda Manor for the last nine years, and prior to retiring she worked in the administrative office at Pennant Hills State High School and then Pennant Hills Primary School.
She worked so she could travel – regularly planning her next adventure the moment she returned from one. And this has continued well into her retirement.
“I kept on travelling when I came here [Lutanda]. I went annually to Ireland where I have a son and a granddaughter, and a large Catholic Irish family,” she said.
But, now in her 88th year, Robin feels as though she may have reached her limit when it comes to travelling, but she hopes to travel back to Ireland again soon.
Robin’s son, who lives and works in Ireland with his wife and daughter, is working on setting up some business here in Australia, which means Robin will get to spend more time with him.
“He promises me that if all goes to plan, he’ll be here more often,” she said with a chuckle. This would be a dream come true for Robin, who has three children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
As soon as Robin retired, she wanted to go to Tanzania to work with the missionaries. But instead, she volunteered for the Church Missionary Society of Australia in Kingsgrove, where she packed care packages bound for Tanzania.
“I was there for 20 years as a volunteer, and we packed for Tanzanian hospitals, schools, you name it. We would pack about four containers per year to send over there”, she said.
But because Tanzania is a Muslim country, eventually the wonderful work Robin and the other volunteers were doing came to a grinding halt.
“They weren’t too keen on having missionaries there to be honest, and everything became too costly, so we unfortunately don’t do that anymore,” she said.
“And, of course, we’re all old now,” she said with a laugh.
When Robin relocated to Lutanda with her husband, they moved into two Serviced Apartments side by side.
“Because of the way my husband was, I knew he needed the care the Serviced Apartments provided. And even though I probably moved in long before I needed to, in hindsight I’m glad I made the move when I did,” she said.
“There’s so much trauma in moving. And when a loved one dies, the last thing you want to be thinking about is moving again. So when we moved to Lutanda I made sure that neither one of us would have to go through any more moving,” she said.
Living in a Lendlease Serviced Apartment provides Robin with the peace of mind that if an emergency was to occur, help is always nearby.