“The Beachmere Project” is a spectacular display home developed by Sovereign Homes in partnership with leading product providers for the luxury residential market. Located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Queensland just south of Noosa, this home is set to showcase some of the most innovative and advanced products currently available in home design. This project is poised to change attitudes towards “sustainability” in the luxury residential market.
Driven by our clients challenging priorities to achieve a more cost efficient and sustainable lifestyle, our showcase waterfront home goes far beyond meeting minimal industry requirements in design, energy efficiency, performance and liveability.
In the search for products that would meet our client’s requirements, we partnered with like-minded companies who shared our commitment to technically advanced, environmentally sympathetic and sustainable product development. We demand from our supplier’s absolute quality, without sacrificing on design, performance or long term cost efficiency. With eco-smart product development and proven energy efficiency, Liebherr ticked all the boxes. Equipped with unique design features that out-perform others when it comes to food freshness and simply undeniable style, the Liebherr product is a superior choice.
Sunday night is generally ‘grocery shopping night’ in our household. My husband and I (yes we go together because we both don’t enjoy it so figure we should both suffer together) head to the local supermarket to buy for the week ahead. Sometimes it is big shop for the staples, cleaning products and toiletries but in general it is about buying the weekly fresh food, bread and meat for our lunches and dinners. Of course sometimes we overestimate what we need or our plans change for the week and much to my disgust, we have to throw out some fresh groceries that have expired. Then of course you dig around in the pantry and find out half of that has past its use by date as well. Nothing like throwing good money down the drain! Well at least I know I am not alone in the world when it comes to wasting food – although it certainly doesn’t excuse my behaviour!
I recently stumbled across a fantastic website www.foodwise.com.au/foodwaste. Did you know that Australians throw away up to 20% of the food they purchase every year? According to the research we throw it away for a number of reasons including last minute takeaway, cooking too much, not using leftovers or shopping without a list meaning we end up buying stuff we already have in the fridge or pantry. This equates to an estimated $1,036 per average Australian household each year being discarded. Now personally I know I wouldn’t throw dollar bills and coins to that value in the bin (come to think of it I wouldn’t throw $10 in the bin!), so why I continue to buy too much or not plan ahead appropriately I will never know.
In less than 30 days Leigh Mayne from Brisbane Appliance Sales, one of our fantastic retailers in Queensland, will embark on the walk of a lifetime! Leigh will be trekking over 300kms on foot across the Simpson Desert – a feet (pardon the pun) I think many of us can say we will never attempt or even contemplate undertaking in our own lifetime.
So what would possess Leigh to walk such a distance when he is sure to experience countless blisters, sore, tired and aching muscles not to mention potential sunburn and heatstroke over the estimated 8 day duration walk?
Usually around this time each year we are asked for our Vintage Report for the Yarra Valley. We are still harvesting grapes but journalists and industry professionals usually want the inside goss….so here it is for you.
In a nutshell, the Yarra had good winter rainfall followed by a very dry and warm growing season leading into an early harvest that nearly caught our winemakers unawares. One minute we were coasting along, suddenly it was “Oh bugger, everything is ripening…quick, start picking now!”
The date was the 18th February. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay came pouring into the winery; hand-picked and machine harvested. A very hectic time of year with someone usually yelling out at some stage “It’s a … circus!”.
The 2013 Chardonnay is medium weight with good flavours whilst Pinot Noir that is off their skins is quite plump, densely coloured and showing early perfume. Much needed rain arrived in late February to cool the tempers, cool the vines and bring everything back to a state of calmness. Calm winemakers make calm wine (so they say).