Life begins at Halcyon

Halcyon life is 'sweet as' for Lakeside BeeKeepers

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Home owners Kerrin Cook and Helen Jillett are creating quite the buzz in the Halcyon Lakeside community.

Their industrious and successful beekeeping has brought homemade honey to their neighbours’ doorsteps, much to the delight of Lakeside sweet tooths.

Every few months, the community’s home owners can get their hands on the pure raw bush honey produced by the thousands of bees in Kerrin and Helen’s hives.

Lakeside’s honey ‘industry’ started earlier in the year when the couple conducted their first ‘raid’ on the hives that they set up just after moving into the community last year.

That late summer harvest yielded 75kg of sweet ...

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Hollywood comes to Halcyon

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

It’s lights, camera, action at Halcyon Waters this summer after the Hope Island community won a role in an upcoming Foxtel drama series.

Halcyon Waters is one of a handful of Gold Coast locations to be chosen as the backdrop for the 10-episode series being produced for Foxtel and Sky UK by Academy Award-winning See-Saw Films. Best known for their work on six-time Academy Award nominated ‘Lion’, The King’s speech and multi- award wining ‘Top of the lake’.

Filming began in November and involves several shoots inside two homes, the pool and Leisure Club, the library, Lakehouse, Celebration Park and the Secret ...

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Daphnee taking Home Owners' health to new heights

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Personal trainer Daphnee Bernard loves witnessing the life-changing impact of fitness on the home owners she works with each week at Halcyon Parks.

The former dancer and cross-country runner gave up event planning to become a personal trainer several years ago.  She ran boot camps and high intensity interval training sessions before her parents inspired her to change her focus.

“I started training them – Dad is 74 and Mum is 65 - and it was great seeing the improvement in their lifestyle with exercise, and how much more confident and independent they felt,” she said.

“I made the decision to work with ...

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Music maestro joins the Halcyon band

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

After an international music and entertainment career spanning decades and continents, Keith van Geyzel is happy to be playing to a more laidback beat on the Gold Coast.

The musician and prolific composer’s decision to retire and move to Vision by Halcyon with wife Karin 18 months ago has changed their lives “exceptionally”.

It allowed Keith to turn the page on the relentless pressure of his long and varied music career and to finally have the time to engage more personally with his lifelong passion: the piano.

A globetrotting musical career meant he and Karin lived for years in the United Kingdom, Europe, ...

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Glades green thumbs sowing the seeds of blooming orchids

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Groups that feed the passions and interests of our home owners are always popping up at Halcyon.

From cooking and veggie growing to pickleball and cycling, home owners are discovering fun, friendship, fitness and fulfilment in a wide range of interest groups.

One of the latest to evolve at Halcyon Glades is blooming – literally - after three orchid-loving home owners planted the seed of the idea.

Tony Kellerman, Andre De Bats and Clive Stephan started the Halcyon Glades Orchid Group a few months ago and were overwhelmed by the response.

Interested home owners - aka ‘orchid-teers’ - are flocking to the group’s friendly ...

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Cooking up a comfy home away from home

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon home owners love putting their heart and soul into a good cause and their huge support for Ronald McDonald House (RMH) at Herston is a testament to this.

The three-level complex right next to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital provides comfortable accommodation and support services for seriously ill or injured children and their families.

It is one of three such facilities run by Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland (RMHC SEQ) with two others at South Brisbane, where one is within the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) and the other located opposite the QCH and Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

The organisation also ...

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Cooking on the menu for Greens’ Spice Boys

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Male home owners at Halcyon Greens are discovering their inner MasterChef after project director Scott Ng put cooking lessons on the community’s menu.

Scott, renowned throughout Halcyon for his cooking prowess, sparked a culinary uprising when he presented his first ‘Spice Boys’ cookery class.

He dished up the lesson with the aim of arming the community’s blokes with some kitchen skills to surprise - and impress - their better halves.

“It came about after I had been chatting with some of the home owner ladies who were saying how lopsided the cooking duties were at home,” he said.

“I suggested to the guys that ...

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Spotlight on Bli Bli

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

For decades Bli Bli was the Sunshine Coast’s salad bowl – a patchwork of family farms growing everything from sugar cane to lettuce and strawberries in the rich, fertile soil surrounding the Maroochy River.

Today, the area’s enduring rural charm and location at the geographic centre of the Coast are driving growth of a different kind.

Bli Bli is now home to more than 7,000 residents and a spectacular new town centre thanks to its successful blend of thoughtful planning, unmatched connectivity, and lush river catchment.

Residents of this evolving and increasingly popular coastal village have easy access to magnificent beaches to the ...

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Keith and Kathy tap into an easier life

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon Glades’ newcomers Keith and Kathy Elliott are making the digital revolution work for them.

Like a growing proportion of older Australians (1), they are finding that the online world is a user-friendly place that can make their life easier, simpler and better.

Just by tapping on their smartphones and laptops, Keith and Kathy are accessing library books, music, movies, YouTube, news, online banking, and are keeping in closer touch with their family in France.

They reflect the trend across Halcyon communities, where tablet and smartphone usage amongst home owners has risen almost 10 per cent over the past year.

“I’ve made an effort ...

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The pets that live at Halcyon

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Shadow at Halcyon Glades

Taking a cat on a daily bike ride sounds impossible. But not for Halcyon Glades home owner Larraine Olzard and her fabulous feline, Shadow.

Every afternoon, Larraine sets off on her trike for a leisurely ride around the community with Shadow calmly - and comfortably - sitting right in front of her in his quilt-lined cage.

“I think I’ve created a stir,” she said of the surprised looks she gets as she rides around.

“People do a lot of double takes. They are fascinated by it and they say, ...

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Halcyon Waters hosts athletes with a new lease on life

23 November 2018 | by Halcyon

Halcyon Waters celebrated the life-changing gift of organ donation when the community made its debut as a host sporting venue for the Australian Transplant Games in October.

The Hope Island-based community was chosen as the location for the Games’ triathlon event thanks to its welcoming home owners, beautiful swimming pool, and wide, quiet and safe streets.

Close to 70 home owners put their hands up to help organise the day. Their hard work and support helped make this inspiring event an outstanding success, and one that the athletes branded the best they had competed in.

Rainy weather did not deter the athletes but ...

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