Rhoda Gordon

New resident finds a new hobby in caring for our hothouse.

After a decision was made to move to Highlands House, our daughter wanted to see where we would be making our new home and came from Israel to visit. We showed her around the home and took her to the room into which we would be moving. She was most impressed with the surroundings and she returned to Israel very happy knowing that her parents would be well looked after.

Shortly after moving in I suddenly found myself looking after the hothouse. We grow a few types of vegetables and herbs. We are not able to produce these in large quantities as we encountered difficulties in growing certain plants in window boxes simply because they are not deep enough for some vegetables to grow well. We have now acquired a few tyres which will be filled with compost and potting soil and this will enable us to grow vegetables such as carrots which need a deeper soil. On a few occasions we have handed over herbs such as basil, origanum, parsley, fennel and vegetables such as chard, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes to the kitchen for their use. We have grown a few flowers just for fun.

 Since the opening of The Susman Lifestyle Centre we have had large gatherings for example the AGM's of the seven organisations of which Highlands House is a member, a luncheon for all volunteers and many more attractions. The choice for the residents has been enormous. I would suggest that a good reason why the residents attend the talks and various activities is to show the volunteers that we appreciate their efforts and their time given to these presentations for all our benefit.


Revamp of our Coffee Shop
R600 000
R50 000

We are entering a new era and its time for our coffee shop to be upgraded. We're making good progress to making funds available but we're not quite there yet. Help us get there!