NOMAD: Therese Willey from Bolton Clarke's Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands is a self-confessed nomad who loves the open road but has swapped caravanning for catering during the health crisis.
NOMAD: Therese Willey from Bolton Clarke's Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands is a self-confessed nomad who loves the open road but has swapped caravanning for catering during the health crisis.

Village residents travel the world through takeaway

WITH travel restrictions putting a temporary hold on physical travel, Alexandra Headland retired residents are giving their tastebuds a weekly trip exploring world cuisine.

Self-confessed nomad Therese Willey usually splits her time between her two homes.

The first is Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headland and the second – the open road.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” Ms Willey said.

“The freedom of life on the road and my home with Bolton Clarke.”

Although social distancing measures and travel restrictions have put a temporary halt on her life as a wanderer, she hasn’t let that dampen her spirits – and has swapped caravanning for catering, arranging weekly takeaway meals for herself and other residents in the village.

“We used to go out to lunch together once a month. A group of us decided ‘why not try takeaway’ – and I offered to pick it up for everyone,” she said.

Therese Willey delivers takeaway to fellow Bolton Clarke Alexandra Headlands resident John Gardner.
Therese Willey delivers takeaway to fellow Bolton Clarke Alexandra Headlands resident John Gardner.

The Wednesday night takeaway dinner has become a weekly highlight, with the food adventure a bit outside the norm for several of the residents – many of whom are from the “meat and three veg” generation.

On the rotational menu are Thai, seafood, Chinese and Italian.

“We’ve tried five local restaurants and we’ve just started repeating them,” Ms Willey said. “It’s not expensive and everyone’s enjoying the variety.

“It brings everyone out to pick from the menu, exchange thoughts on our last meal and debate which restaurant we might try next.”

As restrictions ease, the group has begun to plan what the next iteration of the takeaway ‘family’ meal might be.

“It’s been so popular we’re talking about keeping it going after all of this is over – perhaps we will turn it into a communal Friday night dinner.”

And as for Therese? She’s keen to get moving again and has plans to head to Tara, west of Dalby, once restrictions have eased enough.

“I’m itching to get out on the road,” she said.

“I’ll be visiting the property where my husband’s ashes are scattered. It’s very special.”