Haven't been on this site for ages, I suppose as time goes by I needed less support from this wonderful site. It was a great help to me before we came, and when we first arrived in Dec 2006.
Since the age of about 18 I always wanted to come to Adelaide, and to follow my 2 sets of Aunts and Uncle's who arrived here in 1964 and 1966. That dream became a reality for me at the tender age of 49 in April 2006 when our RSMS visa's were granted. My wife and daughter arriving in May followed by my son and me in the December. The biggest challenge for us was to leave our 2 eldest daughters behind in Kent. I did, and still have this horrible feeling of guilt in splitting up my family.
The 2 children that came with us were 17 (boy) and 4 (girl) at that time. we had major problems with my son who at that age had to give up being with his mates and taken 1200 miles to a place he didnt want to be. My daughter knew no better and adapted really well, gaining an Aussie "twang" in her speech after a couple of months !!.
We came with little money, and could only dream about those big houses everyone looks at in realestate.com. We rented for the first year, which burnt a hole in our savings and put both children into nearby schools to test the water on wether we liked the suburb (Wynn Vale), and they liked the school. After that first year we bought a little house in a nice street in Wynn Vale.
Coming to Australia hasnt made us any better financially, but our everyday lives are much better. Adelaide is a wonderful place and has so much to offer on our doorstep.
Nearly 4 years on.........I am still feeling guilty about leaving my 2 daughters, who have both since had children of thier own. We had a brief 5 weeks back in the UK to be with our families, but it was real upsetting to go through the leaving process again.
My son is now nearly 21 and is enjoying life in the Australian Airforce, something me and my wife are very proud of. we dont see too much of him as he is stationed in Sale (Victoria). He's doing some training in Edinburgh soon, so his bed will always be here for him. Our daughter is doing real well at school, and loves the little athletics club that she joined a couple of years back.
We called Adelaide "home" after the first year here, and we still feel that now. We love our life here, but still wait for those 6 numbers each week !!!. Then we could look at realestate.com again, and spend 6 months a year in the UK ..............dream on !!
It is better to live life with failure than regret