Well we will have here 1 year to the day at 8am 16-11-09 and still love it.
We stepped off the plane at 8am on the 16-11-08 after a flight from hell from being delayed at Singapore for 8 hrs.
Walked straight across the airport car park to Thrifty and picked up the hire care and headed off to the hotel (Adelaide Meridian) on Melbourne Street where we were staying for the next few weeks. As soon as we dropped our bags off at the hotel we got a copy of the advertiser and started house hunting.
Next morning was spent going round real-estate agents and going to viewings and hell we saw some dodgy viewing. We eventually found a great house in Christies Beach that would allow both our dogs inside and got a $20 pw reduction in the rent as well so we put in the paperwork and secured it the same day so the next few days was being spent shopping for the rental until our furniture arrived in March.
Mandy had to go back to the UK on the 28-11-09 to Compleat on the house sale and get the dogs and furniture shipped out but couldn’t return till march 09 so spent Xmas fishing on the beach.
There was time’s when it got a bit lonely but we talked everyday via web cam, phone or yahoo messenger so it wasn’t that bad.
I started work in Jan for Torrens transit and found out that bus drivers here earn a shed load more money than what you get paid in the uk with shorter hrs. I wanted to get back into computers again (programming and web-design) but the money here is crap for IT.
Mandy arrived in March 09 took a couple of months holiday before she started work in theatres for the Calvary Wakefield. She used to say “great people to work with but what a crap place to work” so she now works in Flinders and loving it.
In august we brought our house, we could only dream before of having a house like this and sometimes we still got to pinch ourselves that it is really ours.
We had set a budget of $350K but couldn’t find the right house so upped the budget to 400K and found the right house but in the wrong area. We upped the budget to 500K and found the right house in the right area for $450K.
Money wise we are so much better off even with the mortgage and running 2 large cars plus motorbike. We actually now get to spend lots of time together and its brilliant.
The dogs love Christies beach so we get there as often as we can or go the dog walking and training area off Doctors Rd in Morphett vale, Moana beach is good and closer to us but the pups still prefer Christies.
We've made some great friends and neighbours here as everyone one we’ve met has been really friendly, yes there’s Ozzies that won’t like pomes but what the hell, it’s exactly the same as the uk with immigrants.
There’s a lot of banter in work between brits and ozzys but its all meant and taken as fun.
We are so glad we made the move and have no intention of ever returning to the uk as I think the dogs might have something to say about it as well.