Life begins at Halcyon

Jim and Eleanor begin life again at Halcyon Parks

20 February 2019 | by Halcyon Parks

LIFE at Halcyon Parks in Caloundra is just as good the second time around for British expats Jim and Eleanor McCann. The McCanns are settling back into the community after living in Scotland for the past seven years.

Prior to that, they had lived at Halcyon Parks for five years until personal circumstances took them back to the United Kingdom in 2011. “We never really wanted to leave here and it was always in our minds to come back to Australia,” Jim said.

The warmth of the welcome the McCanns received when they visited the community just after returning to Australia in September last year was enough to sell them on the idea of moving back in.
“It just felt like home when we came through that gate,” Eleanor recalls.

“I just looked at Jim and said ‘oh, I’m home, it’s so good’.” Jim said they had researched and looked at what else was around, however, nothing could beat how they felt when they saw Halcyon Parks and their old friends again.

“We came in to catch up with a few of our friends from the past and that had quite an impact,” he said. “One of our friends arranged a morning tea and there were over 30 people who turned up just to say hello, which was brilliant.

“It was an accumulation of all those friends, the community spirit still here, and the pricing compared to some of the other available options was competitive. “So it was an easy decision to come back here.”

Jim said that aside from more mature gardens and parklands, Halcyon Parks was pretty much like they remembered, and possibly better with the promise of new friendships. “It’s amazing really, it’s just like coming home,” he said.

“Everybody’s so welcoming, all the people we already knew and all the new faces as well. “There are so many new people to make friends with, so that’s something for the future. “And there’s still plenty going on and plenty to get involved with.

“The site’s matured quite nicely, especially the lake area, and there are some new additions like the secret garden and the horticultural side that’s producing vegetables for the community.” Jim and Eleanor are also pleased that Caloundra’s growth over the past seven years has brought many amenities and services closer to Halcyon Parks’ doorstep.

“Now most things you need are up the road and that’s a big plus,” Jim said. “Doctors and shops are much closer now and we could even walk to those if we needed to.” While Jim is getting back into lawn bowls, golf and table tennis, Eleanor is picking up where she left off in Halcyon Parks’ arts and crafts groups, and also finding time for bowls.

“Last time I was here I was never in the house,” she said. “I think it’s going to get like that again because there’s so much going on. “It’s as if we’ve never been away.”

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