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Just wanted to say 'good luck' with everything. We are also on our way back to the Uk after arriving here in September 2007. We fly next week. Like yourselves we have our reasons but my main is also family. We have two young children under the age of four and for me the family ties are too important. I never realised I would feel this way until we had a visit home and its just where my heart is.
We have enjoyed Adelaide and are very sad to be leaving all the good friends we have made. Adelaide is a lovely city, some love it and settle easily others don't. We don't regret our time here and will leave with some lovely memories.
Hope all goes well for you all and enjoy being back with your family. I know I can't wait for my family to get to know our little ones.
The only thing I would do in your position was to get citizenship. Not just in case a few years down the line you change your mind. It would be more for Hattie or Rory, who in years to come, may want to move here and it would mean they wouldn't have to go through the whole stressful process.
Good luck on your return and I hope you find happiness there. All the very best for the future.
I was so sad to read your post but well done for being brave enough to make such a hard decision, and good luck with your journey home. It can't have been an easy descision for you. We are still in the UK and have just started the long Visa application process in the hope if settling in Adelaide with our much missed family.
Many of you who come back do so mainly for 'family' reasons and having my family on the other side of the world is heartwrenching for us too.
I am writing from another viewpoint - we are the 'aged parents' my daughter misses and, as they are happily settled with no thoughts of returning, we are hoping to join them for however many years we have left. I am so looking forward to seeing my grandchildren grow up and sharing in their lives.
It is a huge adventure for us and embarking on it is scary, especially as we are in our 60s and have been in our house for 40 years! Packing up and starting again is a massive undertaking but the rewards, I trust, will be worth it.
Thank you again everybody for all the kind words, it really does mean a lot.
The reality of it all is really beginning to sink in now, the house is on the market and we had our first open at the weekend. My house has never been so clean, Richie walks through the door when he comes home from work and thinks he's come to the wrong house! Just have to wait now for that elusive buyer and we can start making definite plans.
How's Trev's collection fund going? We may need to rattle those tins a bit harder guys, he's got to go to the vet tomorrow with a poorly paw. There goes any potential profit from the house sale then.
Liz, Rich, Hattie, Rory and Trev the dog.
My sister and I are also pingpongers. We were born in Oz and brought up in Uk. I returned to Oz to study and have spent the rest of my life wondering where I shld live! My sister has a similar experience. Now I'm based in UK with my family and have given myself permission to spend time in Oz, whether it be 6 months or 2 years. I hope to return to Oz in July for 1-2 years as there is a course I want to do at Unisa and it feels like I need the right time. Monaghans, you are doing the right thing but be prepared to pine for Adelaide for a very long time. Life is for living and you've had a fantastic family experience. Good luck with the move. I'd very much like to talk to you about your move, can you e.mail me on (please PM for email). Best wishes Linda
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Oh I wish you could speak to my husband, he blames me for our return even though I didn't make him come back. We have been back 8 months and he has made mine and the children's life hell. He is probably going to return on his own as I think he has secured a job, not giving a thought for anyone but himself!
Hi Liz ,Rich and Family
Great post all the best for the future,enjoy your time with family and friends back in the u.k. What an experience you all have had,and something you all can look back on with pride. Best of luck from us all,Steve,Tracy,Amy, Emily and Katie.