Sam Squiers with her husband, Ben, and daughter, Immi, at the Bardon home they are selling. Picture: Mark Cranitch.POPULAR sports presenter Sam Squiers and her husband, Ben, have put their Brisbane home on the market as they prepare to return to New South Wales.After a five-year bid to try and have her firefighter husband transferred without losing rank failed, the star has made the “agonising” decision to leave Channel 9 Queensland. Sam Squiers’ dog Broby makes a special appearance in the marketing photos for their home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIt means they have decided to sell their two-bedroom house in the sought-after suburb of Bardon, bordering Jubilee Park.The post-war home on an elevated block has a front deck to enjoy the views over the park. The living room in the Bardon house Sam Squiers is selling.The house is on an average 407 sqm block and there is scope to extend/raise subject to council approval. Records show the couple paid $704,000 for the property at auction in 2015.It has been listed without a price guide through Jacob Pirrone of Pirrone Property. The master bedroom in the house in Bardon. This Bardon home is for sale.Ben, a senior firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, had been commuting between Brisbane and Sydney for work since the pair made the move north for Sam’s career.But the situation became “impossible” after the dramatic premature birth of their now one-year-old daughter Imogen, who spent 44 days in hospital care. The kitchen in the house Sam Squiers is selling in Bardon.The couple’s dog, Broby, also makes a special guest appearance in the marketing photos for the home.Sam will continue her work with Sportette and Surfing Australia TV, as well as some hosting on Wide World of Sports in NSW. The deck on the Bardon house Sam Squiers has listed for sale.It has been renovated to a high-standard, featuring polished hardwood floors, a kitchen with stone benchtops and quality appliances, and the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.There is a courtyard at the back and a laundry room with separate toilet. read more

first_imgWriting became a lifeline for Victoria Lindstrom after an injury ended her career as dental hygienist. “It is one of those proverbial things, when the door closes a window opens,” she said. Now, more than six years later, Lindstrom’s children’s book “The Scandinavian Santa” arrives just in time for the holiday season. “This story was inspired by my great-grandfather from Norway,” she said. The Christmas tale follows Peter Swanson, the nephew of the Nordic Santa, who has his own Christmas Eve delivery to Viking Valley. He’s aided by flying polar bears, named Gunnar and Ludvig, along with a golden eagle name Lars and other forest creatures. The book’s main theme focuses on “the magic of generosity” and a respect for nature. “It’s a subtle, different slant on what Christmas can mean,” said Lindstrom. Lindstrom wanted to combine elements and traditions from all the countries that fall under the Scandinavian region: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, along with Iceland and Greenland. “I used the word Scandinavia like how ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author would use the Shire,” she said, viewing her world as a more “fairy tale setting.” “Everyone would send me very nice, rave rejection letters,” said Lindstrom. At the time, book publishing was focused on children’s picture books, driven by their images over narratives. “A couple people told me, ‘Stick to your guns that storybooks will come back,’ ” she said. Lindstrom ended up collaborating with a small press in Georgia, Deeds Publishing.“The Scandinavian Santa” is also filled with illustrated paintings by her husband, Michael Lindstrom. “My husband is an impressionist-style painter, which is not common for children’s books, but I thought (his paintings) would lend itself to the story, since it’s styled as an old world tale.” Many of Michael’s oil paintings featuring landscapes or still life can be seen at Art on the Boulevard in downtown Vancouver.last_img read more