Ivan and Val Rose spent years travelling the world by house swapping with people in Dublin, Canada, the United Kingdom and more, before finding the perfect place to call home, GemLife Maroochy Quays.
The Roses moved to the resort three months ago and have quickly become known for their impressive collection of Bonsai trees.
Bonsai is a centuries-old Japanese art form that uses special techniques to cultivate ornamental, artificially dwarfed varieties of trees and shrubs in pots. Bonsai trees are said to symbolise harmony, peace and balance.
“People always ask for advice on how to get started but I’m entirely self-taught,” said Ivan.
“Our patio is full of Bonsais, I’ve got 15, it’s a very relaxing hobby.”
According to Val, her role in the activity is purely supportive.
“I supervise – I just sit in my chair and say ‘Oh yes, that looks nice’ while Ivan does all the work,” she said.
Ivan and Val, who previously called Mackay home, decided to move to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to one of their sons.
“We looked at a couple of other over-50s’ resorts in the region but picked GemLife because it has everything that we like and it’s in a great location,” said Val.
“We are looking forward to the facilities to come, especially the pool, Mahjong room, lawn bowls, movie theatre and the beautiful boardwalk leading to Eudlo Creek.”
The resort’s low-maintenance homes and ability to lock-up and travel at a moment’s notice were another major drawcard.
“Our daughter lives in Canada and she’s a cyclist and mountain biker, and our other son lives in the UK and is an associate English professor at Oxford University. We love to visit them so it’s wonderful to know we won’t have to worry about our house when we leave,” said Val.
The Roses have travelled everywhere from Spain to New Zealand but couldn’t be happier to have settled down on the Sunshine Coast.
“We are absolutely loving it. We are very happy that we moved here.”