My dream started whilst watching wanted down under on the tv, the OH was not too keen but said if the kids wanted to go we would look into it, both kids said yes, so the dream had begun. OH had enough points with her being a nurse, so she sorted out a job through a nursing agency, I sorted out a possible job by surfing the net. We managed to sell our house within a few months, got a case worker and temp visa granted, but we had to stay with in laws for a few months until flights were due, which may have not been such a good idea, OH mother kept on getting upset and made it feel uncomfortable and then the going away party 2 days before we due to leave was very teary night to say the least. Then while waiting for our flight from heathrow came the big bombshell when my eldest told me he did not want to go anymore, all the planning was slowly going up in smoke, now it was 2 against 2. We arrived in SA and was met at the airport and taken to our home for the first 4 weeks, what a dive it was ( midway apartments, nothing like the internet pictures), the OH cried and wanted to go back on the next flight, it was worse place I had ever seen and I've seen some bad one, but we decided things could only get better. We then did the setting up banks, medicare, taxfile number, car and exploring. During the first 4 weeks we made good friends with Cara n Daz, Heidi n Hamish and Emma and spent many a good day down at the beach and a few beers on a night, but then we would get the odd phone call from a teary MIL saying how much she was missing us and my lad kept on asking when was we going back. We started the roller coaster of looking for a rental (which at times seemed as the whole of SA was looking at the same time) within our budget and after looking round a few places decided we would just concentrate on Hallett Cove which to us was a lovely place, we fell in love with 1 house which we was told by the estate agent was going to be ours except for the owner who decided to give it to someone else ( another nail in the coffin) in the end we found a rental which was ok but not what we hoped for and it was not going to be ready for another 4 weeks, so we had to rent another short term rental at over the odds rent ( another nail in the coffin) and also spend a few days with Heidi and Hamish (Thank You so much for that). The OH started work, got kids into schools and I went to see about the job I'd found only to find it was a dump, all the promises he had told me had disappeared so I decided not to take it ( another nail in the coffin). The kids settled into school well, Sam played football and rugby league and got picked to play state rugby league for SA in the junior tournament but he still kept on asking to go back to the UK, Georgia loved it at school and got herself into a netball team, but Lisa did not like it at work (another nail in the coffin) to her she was getting all the **** shifts so she lied to get her hours reduced and on a set pattern saying I had got a weekend job, which worked but the truth was I only managed casual work and it was peanuts. The hot weather went and bring on the rain,rain rain and more rain and the freezing cold nights ( another nail in the coffin) this made my family thing they might as well had been back in the UK. We met new friends mainly Steve n Kelly and had a laugh which sometimes took our minds off life back in the UK even though we still got the odd phonecall. We decided to apply for PR to give me more options with work so Lisa could go part time, then the biggest bombshell, Lisa was pregnant (was this the last nail in the coffin), she kept on working but started to get tired but the hospital would not reduce her hours and due to not getting any benefits the big question was do we stay and hope PR comes through in time or go back to the UK whilst Lisa was still able to fly, the voting went 3 to 1 to go back, they had decided that the sunshine and beach lifestyle was not as good has been back in the UK with family and friends. Well the last of our savings went on flights,container and rental costs and after been in SA just short of 10 months we returned back to the UK, to the joy of all our families and friends. We have now been back in the UK for just over 3 weeks and it feels as if I've never been away, nothings changed all mates still go to the local, if it was not for the photos and memories I'd think it was all a dream when I wake up on a morning, well we are all looking forward to Xmas and the birth of our new son in March and you never know now we have a case officeer for our PR visa that we may return one day. To all our friends in Adelaide, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, all the best and I hope it works out for all you lot out there.