Let’s Retire to Tarkastatd
I refer to a recent article Triple Stepping in Tarkastad by Chris Marias (May 2018).
What a wonderful article of the life, culture and people of this small Eastern Cape town. Having practically been brought up in Tarkastad, after spending many school holidays on the farm Kleinfontein, and later introducing my family to the town, its outdoor life and the people, we have become increasingly fond of the area and spend as much time there as we can.
All the people and places mentioned are well known but I believe there is one institution that deserved pride of place in the article the Huis Tarkastad for the retired.
This wonderful establishment, wellmaintained and well-supported by the community and others, is the pride of the town. The beautiful building was built by members of the farming community for them to retire to and has been loving looked after ever since. It has single rooms, flats and cottages, as well as a well-kept and frail care section plus beautiful gardens.
Although occupancy is not at the levels it could be, much work is being done by various organisations and fundraising events to entice residents, to ensure its survival.
In my opinion, there’s no better place to retire to, what with the wonderful mountains as a backdrop, wonderful climate and peaceful country living. (edited)