Queensland farming history adds charm in McDowall

first_imgThe back deck is one of several outdoor entertaining areas.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The house itself has 373sq m of internal living space.If that isn’t enough there are three decks, a porch and an alfresco area to enjoy. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN MCDOWALL A spectacular retreat. With a master bedroom like this, any excuse for bed will do. Downstairs has a guest bedroom with ensuite and private alfresco area, allowing for dual living options or a teenage retreat.“It’s very private with lots of different entertaining areas,” she said.“You can have adult children staying and hardly ever see them.”The three other upstairs bedrooms each have built-in wardrobes and are serviced by two bathrooms. The tiled communal living areas include a combined kitchen, lounge and dining area, a separate formal dining room or media room and separate family room adjacent to two single bedrooms. “We’ve lived in Toowoomba, Warwick and the Gold Coast,” Denise Duncan said.“We came from Wilston before this and we bought a farm at Gatton. We rented this place out for a few years before moving in.”Built into a sloping block, the house has a two-storey frontage but from the back the second level flows out to the back garden. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< Plenty of room to entertain with tiled flooring for easy maintenance.“I love my back deck. It’s private and it faces north so you don’t get the sun in the afternoon.”The house has been repainted inside and out, and new carpets have been laid. Here’s another. And guests can enjoy their own ensuite and private alfresco area too.An upstairs parents’ retreat has an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and room for a lounge in the master bedroom that opens on to a deck. The historic mailbox at 27 Laurina Crescent.It is this blend of old world charm and modern design that underpins 27 Laurina Crescent, McDowall, and reflects the Duncan family’s ties with country Queensland. This five-bedroom house on 807sq m has incorporated a piece of Queensland’s dairy history.THE house is 12 years old but the mailbox is made from a 120-year-old post and a milk can the Duncan family found at an old dairy near Dalby.last_img read more

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FH : Despite crushing loss, Syracuse proud of accomplishments

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The fate of Syracuse’s season was out of its hands as Maryland lined up for a penalty corner late in overtime.Only allotted three defenders per overtime rules, the Orange was outnumbered. The Terrapins just had to execute on the play to score and advance to the final four.After Katie Gerzabek swung the ball into Harriet Tibble atop the shooting circle, the junior back launched it past the undermanned SU defense and into the net.‘There’s just more spaces open,’ junior back Iona Holloway said. ‘Maryland had a very strong, straight strike in regular time, and so in overtime they have more spaces, and the girl just rocketed it into the corner. And a well-executed, straight strike is always going to go in.’The score brought No. 3 Syracuse’s (19-4, 5-1 Big East) season to an abrupt end, falling in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year. But for a team that dominated its regular-season schedule and won the Big East tournament by defeating rival No. 5 Connecticut, the season was still a successful one.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a pair of early-season losses to No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Old Dominion, the Orange reeled off 11 straight wins, including five over ranked opponents by a total margin of 57-9.For Holloway, there was never any doubt that the team was a national contender.‘I think that to say that we didn’t have success would be really putting our team down of what we did achieve,’ Holloway said. ‘We had a really good regular season. We competed very well with top teams in the country.’One of those teams was Connecticut.The Huskies defeated SU 3-2 in overtime Oct. 23 to hand the Orange its first loss in a month and a half. But just two weeks later, in the Big East tournament championship game, Syracuse seized its vengeance.The Orange scored three times in the first 18:59 of the game to build an early lead. And Holloway and fellow back Amy Kee shut down UConn’s star forward Anne Jeute to preserve a 3-2 victory in the second half.‘We beat UConn on our field to win the Big East championship, and we played a brilliant game that day,’ Holloway said.The Orange followed up with another impressive performance in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.Against Richmond, senior forward Heather Susek tallied the only two goals of the game, raising the Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year’s season total to 19. She and junior forward Kelsey Millman tied for the team lead in scoring, dramatically improving from last season when the pair combined for 11 goals.‘I think performance-wise, individually looking back it was a successful year,’ assistant coach Natalie Barrett said. ‘I think a lot of people made great strides. Players who didn’t have a lot of experience in the past stepped up, got some good experience.’Freshmen Jordan Page and Lauren Brooks were two of the young players who contributed for the Orange. They combined for nine goals and shined in crucial victories.Brooks knocked home the initial goal in both of SU’s Big East tournament victories and earned Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. Page assisted on Susek’s second goal against the Spiders to seal the NCAA tournament opening-round victory for SU.But Syracuse fell short against the Terrapins.Millman scored in the 63rd minute to tie the game 1-1, but SU was unable to score in the remainder of regulation and overtime, falling when Tibble scored in the 84th minute.‘It was heartbreaking, honestly. It was a heartbreaking loss,’ Barrett said. ‘To see the seniors collapse, upset about ending their career, and to see the rest of the girls walk off the field, it’s just one of the hardest things as a coach to watch, knowing that their season’s ended and for some of them their career’s over.’Holloway said the team fought valiantly for all 83-plus minutes and that it was an improvement from when the Orange competed ‘horribly’ last year, when it was eliminated by Ohio State. When Tibble blasted that shot, there was just nothing SU could do to stop it.‘We played a really good game, and unfortunately, they scored before we did in overtime,’ Bradley said. ‘We were two even teams.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

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Pacquiao to fellow boxers, athletes: ‘Humble yourself’

first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThe gloves were off and the suits were on as past, present and future stars of Philippine boxing aligned Sunday night in the 18th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards and Banquet of Champions at Okada Manila.Eight-division champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao was the guest of honor and speaker during the event that feted fast-rising star Jerwin Ancajas, Marlon Tapales and Milan Melindo as Boxers of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ “As boxers, we encounter adversities but we’re not afraid to go through those trials. Our goals and dreams are greater than obstacles and problems in life,” he said.Pacquiao and Bernabe Villacampo, a former world flyweight champion in the ’60s, became the latest Filipino boxing greats to have their fists casted.The casts will be finished in gold and enshrined in the Gabriel “Flash” Elorde museum.RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “I’m very happy to be choses as one of the Boxers of the Year. It gives me more motivation to fight seeing other world champions especially sir Manny, who I really look up to,” Ancajas told INQUIRER.net in Filipino.In his speech, Pacquiao, one of the most decorated boxers of all time, reminded his fellow boxers and athletes to keep their feet on the ground amid fame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Most of the time, when a person becomes more and more popular they develop arrogance, pride and ego and become full of themselves which is wrong,” Pacquiao said in Filipino.“The secret of Manny Pacquiao is the more you become successful, the more you humble yourself. Understand what is success, understand what is responsibility,” he added. “With great power comes great responsibility. Don’t be arrogant. That’s the problem with athletes. The most important thing is to humble yourself before God and others.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The 39-year-old Pacquiao stressed the importance of having a positive outlook.“We don’t give up because we’re positive thinkers. I never think negative, I always think positive. Whatever your dream is, never think that you cannot do it,” said Pacquiao, who also didn’t forget to honor Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.Elorde was one of the greatest champions during his time in the 1960s.“Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde is our inspiration. He’s the example to remind us to keep rising our personal standards.”The former WBO welterweight titleholder also likened athletes to eagles with their laser sharp focus and unwavering determination to achieve their goals.ADVERTISEMENT TNT acquires Don Trollano for Norbert Torres in trade with Rain or Shine View commentslast_img read more

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SISTER SARAS NEW YEAR’S EVE PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgSISTER SARAS NEW YEAR’S EVE PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: January 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpicture specialSister Sara’slast_img

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For those looking to make the most wonderful time

first_imgFor those looking to make “the most wonderful time of the year” even more special, the Caribbean and Mexico hotels and resorts of The Ritz-Carlton offer an array of invitingly festive experiences. With brand-new offerings such as a frankincense and myrrh manicure/pedicure, story time and s’mores by a beachside fire pit, and a romantic holiday hike for two – as well as tried-and-true traditions – travellers have many enticing options for enjoying the season with The Ritz-Carlton luxury hotels and resorts in Aruba, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.The Ritz-Carlton, ArubaThere may not be snow in Aruba, but there is plenty of sand along the stunning, divi-divi-tree-dotted beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. The beach resort has alluring, holiday-themed treatments at The Ritz-Carlton spa, including a Cranberry Pomegranate Body Treatment or Pumpkin Spice Hydrating Facial, as well as an Organic Cinnamon Manicure or Organic Peppermint Pedicure. For guests looking for the ultimate mashup of relaxation, poolside spa treatments include foot massages, cold-stone back massages and foot scrubs with Moroccan oil. Families that escape to the resort for the holidays can experience an island-style winter with a “sandman” competition on the beach for kids on 24 December, or can explore their creativity with a cookie-decorating competition. On 25 December, holiday art studio or gingerbread house decorating experiences offer guests a way to express their seasonal spirit.The Ritz-Carlton, CancunIn the truest spirit of the Christmas holiday, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, welcome and witness Santa arriving in the hotel’s atrium – including snow falling gently from the ninth floor to the fourth floor. Festive music and holiday treats will be on hand as Santa mixes and mingles with all the girls and boys who come to see him. Younger guests can also tap into their inner pastry-chef-to-be with gingerbread baking and decorating, and enjoy the fruits of their labours with iced cookies when the event is finished. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanArea residents and hotel guests are warmly invited to celebrate Festive Season at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, enjoying treasured events which include Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, the delightful traditions of Gingerbread Man Tea and Yule Log Making, and a fabulous New Year’s Eve Ball capped by fireworks. As an added highlight of the season — and especially for local residents and their seasonal visitors — the luxury resort will offer Turkey to Go, with full Thanksgiving Dinners able to be delivered to addresses within the Seven Mile Beach vicinity.The Ritz-Carlton, San JuanIn Puerto Rico, where the holiday spirit sizzles like the island’s famed enchanted rhythms and flavors, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan features a beautiful and large Christmas tree decorated with handpainted masterpieces from the youngest guests. On 28 December, a family barbecue on the beach offer ladies and gentlemen an evening that pairs al fresco island culinary delights with ultra-relaxing, warm ocean breezes and a starry sky. Culminating the festive spirit of the season is the “Cirque del Caribe” experience on 31 December, where guests can ring in the New Year in Caribbean style, with live entertainment, high-energy carnival performances, a sumptuous buffet and fine cocktails – while younger guests can explore a playful corner with fun activities and a magician.The Ritz-Carlton, St. ThomasChristmas day adventuring is available for the guests who like to celebrate with immersive and engaging activities while staying with The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. Named for Christopher Columbus, who spent Christmas there 500 years ago, Christmas Cove offers spectacular snorkelling amid crystal-clear waters and can be reached by the hotel’s private 16-metre yacht Lady Lynsee. With Santa on the boat, plus festive treats and music, being on the water for Christmas day will prove to be the most memorable holiday to date. For those seeking a more intimate outdoor experience this holiday season, the resort’s newly introduced picnic experience for two makes for a deliciously luxurious trip to Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 60 percent of St. John and is famous for its diving, snorkelling and hiking trails.Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton ReserveDorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s line-up of intimate, thoughtful holiday experiences is a natural extension of the way its ambience invites travellers to embark on a voyage of discovery with each visit. This year, guests can choose to personalise their haven with a variety of holiday decorations to incorporate meaningful traditions into their stay. Each evening throughout Hannukah, a local rabbi will conduct the lighting of a menorah at Livingston Library. The entire family can enjoy “Storytime with S’mores” at Encanto Beach, with gooey treats melted over the fire pit. Santa is available to call the smallest guests to discuss their holiday experience, and whether they’ve been naughty or nice. Ladies and gentlemen of all ages can gather to watch for the resort’s ever-popular water arrival of Santa – wearing swim trunks but in full Santa style from the waist up – as he arrives via kayak, paddleboard, or kiteboard, before paddling to the beach to chat with his welcoming committee. The relaxing “Painting Party & Wine” event with resident artist Sofia Arsuaga at Mi Casa Bar helps guests give way to their creativity, or to simply let the holiday spirit inform their artistic expression as they sip on fine wines with like-minded travellers. On New Year’s Eve, relaxed, elegant and exciting experience features fireworks, champagne and music. La Cocina Culinary Center will offer a gingerbread house decorating experience for guests of all ages.Palm trees decorated with Christmas garland nightlast_img read more

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