A real life story from: Newton Dee
Archie and Juliet live semi-independently with two others in Newton Dee. They live next door to Akiko, who helps them to prepare meals and supports them in other ways, but in the evenings they live alone and at weekends they make their own meals. They have both lived in Newton Dee for more than 40 years. Juliet
I’m very happy here. I work in a proper job, and I’ve found my niche working in the bakery, confectionery and craft workshop. We are busy working during the week, but I also have the freedom here to relax. I love to go for walks, and often go to visit the animals on the farm. I love animals, and my cat Rory lives with me. I enjoy visiting my friends and can do that quite easily as they live in the village too; my friend and I play snakes and ladders while listening to music, or I help her with her sewing. Sometimes I go into Aberdeen on the bus to go to the cinema by myself.
I like living in Newton Dee very much. I’ve retired now, but I still keep busy and help others in the community by repairing bicycles or running errands for people: this afternoon I am going into Aberdeen to do some shopping for one of my neighbours. I like living in a community where we all help each other. I don’t like competition, so I like the way we are all equal here and all look out for each other.
– Archie & Juliet