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My Halcyon Parks life with homeowner Dale Davis

Neighbourhood
August 17, 2018

After 13 years as a citrus farmer with very little leisure time, former high school teacher Dale Davis is delighted to be busy in a different way at Halcyon Parks in Caloundra.

“This place is just amazing,” Dale said. “There are so many things to do if you want to do them.

“The people here are so friendly, helpful and welcoming.”

With plenty of physical activity, cultural pursuits, social get-togethers and family time in her schedule, Dale is making the most of her Halcyon Days.

We tag along as she blends fitness, fun and friendship during a typical week in her busy life at Halcyon Parks.

Monday:

Morning – Rise and shine with one-hour fitness session in the Rec Club involving strength and conditioning, balance and cardio to a soundtrack of music from the 1960s and 70s

Afternoon - Ukulele practice with the Halcyon Parks ukulele group in the Rec Club.

Tuesday:

Morning – Moving, shaking and dancing in a Zumba Gold fitness session at the Bellvista Meeting Place.

Afternoon – Social lawn bowls with other home owners at the Halcyon Parks bowling green.

Wednesday:

Morning – Jump on the community bus (driven by my husband Rob) and head to yoga session organised by University of the Third Age at a hall in Caloundra.

Afternoon – Three-hour rehearsal with the Treble Clefts – a singing group of about 14 ladies who love to sing. We’re preparing for an upcoming performance for home owners at Halcyon Parks. Before I came here I never sang a note. I just jumped in and picked it up.

Thursday:

Morning – Start the day on the right foot with a one-hour fitness class in the Rec Club.

Afterwards, grab the ukulele and head off with the other Halcyon Parks players to rehearse with a larger seniors’ ukulele group at Tanawha. The combined group sometimes plays at community events. 

Afternoon – Time to hit the greens for some social lawn bowls.

Friday:

Morning – Up at 6am for The Pacers – Halcyon Park’s walking group, which typically walks about 5km “each at our own pace” finishing with breakfast at one of our favourite cafes.

(In the summer months) 10am – Staying cool while keeping fit with aqua aerobics in the Rec Club pool. It’s amazing how many muscles you find you have.

5pm: Time for a social catch-up during Happy Hour in the Rec Club, and a dinner prepared by home owners who volunteer their culinary skills each Friday. If it’s not my week to volunteer in the kitchen, I’m enjoying having someone else do the cooking.

Saturday:

Family time!

Visit my mother at Woombye and my son and his family at Buderim

Sunday:

Morning: Social lawn bowls. I really enjoy the bowls!

Afternoon: Head to the Rec Club to watch opera on the big screen, otherwise some well-earned chillout time, a PSA concert, a BBQ at the Secret Garden, or Music on the Deck at the Rec Club.