It?s terrific ? a real surprise

MEET Chris and Rosemary Cook, formerly of the Gold Coast and before that Dandenong and Sale in Victoria.

The couple, along with their son Joshua, 15, have settled and developed a 10.5 hectare property, designed for agistment, pre-training and the training of racehorses.

They have named their little patch Nankin Lodge.

There is no guessing its whereabouts ? a few kilometres as the crow flies east from Rockhampton on the Emu Park road.

Chris and Rosemary are smitten with their little piece of paradise which they describe as nice and quiet.

"It is certainly far removed from the Gold Coast. We lived there for years but tired of the rat race. The traffic congestion and just trying to get a park to shop anywhere down there is a hassle now,'' Rosemary said . "You know, it is the small things like not having to queue to get a car park at a shopping centre in Rocky that makes you appreciate being up here. It is a much more relaxed lifestyle in Rocky.''

Former jockey-cum-barman, trackwork rider and jack-of-alltrades Chris nods in agreement.

Considering neither had been to Rockhampton before heading north in January 2004 for a plain old "look-see'', I was curious as to how this came about in the first place.

"We liked what we saw and heard about Rockhampton. It is ideal.

"Close to the Capricorn Coast while the educational and sporting facilities in Rockhampton are excellent for Joshua.

"He is getting beaut opportunities at soccer with Bluebirds, I ride trackwork at Callaghan Park racecourse and Rosemary trained her first Rocky winner the other day in Sierra Slammer.

"Truly, we think it is terrific up here.



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