Living Gems Caboolture

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Last chance to secure Caboolture Riverfront home Only one brand-new home remains at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront and it can be yours today. The last remaining home is a premium three-bedroom Snowy design and is ready to move into straight away, said Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront Sales Manager Glenys Lowry who invited interested buyers to call in advance for a tour. “Our freestanding, three-bedroom designs have been very popular, and this home has two bedrooms at the front of the house separated by the main bathroom,” she said. “The master bedroom is at the rear of the home, with a separate ensuite and fabulous walk-in robe which means you have your own private retreat even when you have houseguests. “The master bedroom and main open plan living space open onto a large tiled alfresco area, which has uninterrupted riverbank views with no neighbour at the rear which is ideal for outdoor entertaining. “There are also beautiful, large established trees along the top of the riverbank...
Promise her the moon
Living Gems Caboolture

Promise her the moon

Valentine’s Day is not the only significant event to happen in February. For millions around the world, the month also marks the Lunar New Year. The day is celebrated all around the world – particularly in China, South Korea and Vietnam. This year Caboolture is marking the year of the dragon on Saturday, 17 February. Make a note in your diary and plan a date night with a difference. Taking place between 3pm and 8pm at the Caboolture Town Square on Hasking Street, the Moreton Bay Lunar New Year will feature plenty of Asian street food as well as lots of entertainment, including the Red Dragon Traditional Lion Dance, soulful Chinese orchestra performances, a magic show, a drumming spectacular and more. The evening will be capped off with an impressive pyrotechnic firecracker display. Are you a dragon? Unlike the zodiac calendar, which assigns birth signs based on month, the Chinese horoscope divides its signs by year. 2024 is the year of the dragon, so if you...
Love song
Living Gems Caboolture

Love song

Office romance blossoms for Luke and Karen For Karen Plath it was the sound of her future husband’s voice that first brought him to her attention. Luke and Karen, who live at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last year. “I’d not long started a new job in the insurance company that Luke worked in,” said Karen. “In fact, he was in the cubicle next to mine and occasionally he would sing. Luke sings really well. “One day I told him that he had a lovely voice. We started chatting and then the next thing you know we were on our first date – a cruise on the Brisbane River by riverboat.” And it wasn’t too long before Luke, who has one daughter, and Karen who has three sons, had become inseparable. “He is such a kind and caring man, very chivalrous,” said Karen. “He’ll always open the car door for me.” Luke proposed following a romantic meal at Birches at Mount Mee, a...
Embracing community
Living Gems Caboolture

Embracing community

A lifestyle that ticks all the boxes When Lynda and John Klavins came up from Sydney for their regular visit to family and friends in Queensland this year, little did they suspect that they’d be returning with a new home. The couple, who lived for 31 years in Lane Cove, now call Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront home, thanks to their son-in-law. “Our family live in Caboolture and we have friends who live in another over-50s community in Cooroy,” said Lynda. “We could see how much they were enjoying the lifestyle and I said to John that it would be nice if we could find somewhere like that for ourselves.” As it happened, the Klavins' son-in-law was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a regular visitor to Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront. He made an appointment with sales manager Glenys Lowry. For Lynda, it was love at first sight. “Living Gems ticked all the boxes,” she said. “Glenys showed us the home that we ended up buying and...
Caboolture’s creative school holiday fun
Living Gems Caboolture

Caboolture’s creative school holiday fun

There's never an excuse to be bored on the school holidays - not with nana and grandad to the rescue! Moreton Regional Council hosts plenty of activities around Caboolture in January - check out their website here for the full listing - bit.ly/3GfZ0m2 We've picked some ideas to get the grandkids excited. The activities take place at either the Caboolture Library or at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, both at 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture. Fun factory Hosted by Caboolture Library staff, there will be games, craft, reading and more for kids of all ages at the fun factory. Drop in on 13 January between 10am and 1pm. No bookings are required, and the activities are free. For more information: moretonbay.qld.gov.au/libraries/Events/Fun-Factory/Caboolture-1 Marvellous metalwork Older grandkids aged between 12 and 17 years will enjoy making their own keyring or jewellery piece at this metalwork class at the Caboolture Library on 14 January between noon and 2pm. This event is free, but bookings must be made for the participating child. For...
Rightsizing delight - Couple find their perfect home at Living Gems
Living Gems Caboolture

Rightsizing delight – Couple find their perfect home at Living Gems

Moving day is always exciting – especially when it is into a lovely brand-new home at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront. For Kerry and Ruth Dean, who moved into the active over-50s lifestyle resort in late October, the first week was spent putting together the homely touches that makes their place just right. “We got the keys last Wednesday,” said Ruth. “We timed it because Kerry is a FIFO worker and arranged to be home this week for the move. He’ll be flying out next Wednesday, so today we’ve spent a lot of time at Bunnings shopping for things like pots for the back garden.” A new three-bedroom home is not the only major milestone the Deans will enjoy this year. “We’ll be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in December,” said Ruth. “Kerry and I met in high school – he was two years ahead of me, but we moved in the same social circles and were friends for many years.” After growing up in the Northern...
Happy holidays! Cruise into the New Year
Living Gems Caboolture

Happy holidays! Cruise into the New Year

It’s the end of the year – the perfect time to think about adventures for 2024! Experienced travel agent Norman Pressey from Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront shares great tips and special offers available to all Living Gems homeowners. “We’ve had a great response to the group holidays featured in Thrive magazine this year,” he said. In response to demand, Norman has created a website - integritytravel.com.au - for those who want to check out a curated list of holidays, many of which he and his wife Carol will join as guides. “I also appreciate that people may not want to commit to a holiday in advance or may wish to choose their own adventure, so I’ve also included some helpful tools that will make booking that dream holiday much easier,” he said. Important insurance Did you know that 11 countries have reciprocal health care agreements for Australian Medicare card holders? While that can give you a little peace of mind, it is no substitute for...
Nibblies that delight - Nuts and Bolts a family favourite at Christmas
Living Gems Caboolture

Nibblies that delight – Nuts and Bolts a family favourite at Christmas

If you are looking for nuts and bolts at Christmas, Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront homeowner Gail Hartigan has jars filled with them. Of course, it's Christmas and we are not talking about the metal variety of nuts and bolts but the more delicious crunchy, tasty, sweet and savoury snack that is great to nibble on all day long. Gail has already started to make the popular treat for the festive season using a traditional family recipe handed down to her by her mother. "I've had it for over 40 years and can remember mum making it when we were kids. It's a little different to the normal recipes making it something you just can't buy," said the enthusiastic home cook, who has built up quite an impressive following from residents who like to buy her jars of Nuts and Bolts to give away at Christmas. "They make delicious nibblies that can be enjoyed throughout the festive season or on Christmas Day itself." Gail and her...
Cookies for Christmas - A tasty reminder of home
Living Gems Caboolture

Cookies for Christmas – A tasty reminder of home

Cookie recipes from a book written in German are a popular Christmas treat for Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront homeowners, Ingrid and Bill Weber, their family and friends. As a young married couple, Ingrid and Bill moved from Germany to Australia in 1971 where they had two sons and a daughter. Despite the couple's German heritage, they were quick to adapt to the festive traditions of their adopted country with one exception. "We still celebrate on Christmas Eve, like we did back home," said Ingrid. "We put the tree up on the morning of Christmas Eve, then we would have Christmas lunch and afterwards, Santa would put the presents under the tree. At night we would have open sandwiches and a meat platter." The tradition for biscuits began around 1986 after the family returned to Germany for a visit. "It was around Christmas, and we visited a sugar factory. The children were given German recipe books which contained lots of old and popular traditional recipes ranging...
All the trimmings - Rum balls a favourite festive treat
Living Gems Caboolture

All the trimmings – Rum balls a favourite festive treat

When it comes to preparing festive fare for Christmas, Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront resident Judy Hilton is most certainly ahead of the rest especially when it comes to her delicious rum balls which are a huge family favourite. "I only make them once a year and cure the cherries for 12 months to ensure they are mouth-watering and have a nice punch when devoured. They are rather decadent, and you wouldn't want to drive after eating a few but the kids and my husband, Stephen, love them," said Judy, with a big smile. She said the rum balls are sweet because they are made with chocolate, and they freeze well. They go perfectly with her other traditional Christmas recipes which include Daffy's Christmas Plum Pudding, Aunty Norma's Prawn Christmas Entree, and Daffy's Christmas Punch. "Daffy was a dear friend of my mother's who passed on her mum's recipes for us to enjoy." Married 50 years with three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild,...
Christmas cheer in Caboolture
Living Gems Caboolture

Christmas cheer in Caboolture

December is a time for thrills and spills in Caboolture, so grab a group of friends together and enjoy the many activities you’ll find at the Caboolture Showgrounds this season. Caboolture Rodeo Finals Saturday, 2 December Find that little bit of country that lives in all of us and enjoy a day of entertainment and skilful riding at the Caboolture rodeo finals. The junior events begin at 7am with the senior events starting at 5pm followed by an after party with Dee Jaye Bux live on stage. Address: Caboolture Showgrounds, 140 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture For bookings: bit.ly/3QVCO6G Caboolture Christmas Twilight Markets Saturday, 16 December Get that last-minute Christmas shopping done at the Caboolture Christmas twilight markets. Browse through fascinating market stalls, enjoy delicious street food and keep an eye out for Santa who will have a treat for all the good children this year. The markets run between 4pm and 9pm. Address: Caboolture Showgrounds, 140 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture For more information: caboolturecountrymarkets.com.au/#information Monster Thrillmasters Friday, 29 December Cap off 2023 with an event...