I have already put up our weekly update, now it's our ten week update. Jane the Mrs is still working really hard at the North Calvary Hospital on the Cancer Ward. She is really enjoying it and staff are great with her and management constantly provide her with compliments, which we are really pleased with. I have just completed my first week at De Poi Consulting, as a Transitional Rehabilitation Consultant in Workcover. very demanding and target driven but thats the way I like it anyway. I had to wait 7 weeks to start, with the waiting for the police clearance and skills being assessed and registering with Workcover SA governing body. Great to do just 9 - 5pm job, no weekends, no shifts. Happy ! In my spare time I have now took up golf, so Nathan and I play that when we can. A 2 mins walk to the Regency golf course - sorted!
Nathan my Son (21) has been waiting for FA clearance so he can play Professional Soccer for Adelaide City, when it did happen, he missed the signing date, so we put an appeal in and he won this week, so he can sign as a professional player. Only today (Sat 24th April 2010) he played is second game for Adelaide City and scored 4 goals. In addition Nathan is working for the owner and director of Adelaide City at Best Bricks and Pavers. Also he has gained some good friends around his age, so he has his drinking mates too, all of the friends he has gained are from this excellent website. Problem they all live down South (Little Britain regions lol).
My daughter Shannon (17) has been having some hairdressing trials, hopefully the latest one at the Underground Haircutters on Rundal Mall will offer her a position. Shannon is still contacting her boyfriend in England and costing a bomb on phone bills and she is still determined to go back to him when she hits 18 years old. One year to go though. She has gained two nice girl mates but they also live down South so it is difficult to meet up with them. Shannon is lot better than what I anticpated before we left the UK. Underneath I think she actually likes Adelaide!
My daughter Charlotte (11) is totally sorted, she has a boyfriend of 6 weeks, loving school has gained a lots of mates from school to hang around with.
They are the good bits...............
The only thing what is bad is the problems I have been having back in the UK regarding my property. I rented it out to a 58 year old lady who had custody of her two small grandchildren. To cut story short, she did a runner, did not pay any rent for two months, took all my wood flooring, furniture, boiler, light fittings and blinds and even my massive shed from the garden, someone has smashed in the back patio doors in and also tried to get in the front door and damaged that. Someone has dumped loads of rubbish in my garden, i.e. doors, mattresses, carpets and lots more stuff. I got an estate agent round to view my home and they stated that I have lost about £30,000 in the value of the house. Basically it would cost about £10,000 to get back up to standard for it to sell on top of that.
It has been a really hard decision because I am extremely fond of my home back in Newcastle upon Tyne, but I have decided to hand it back to the Halifax bank who I have the mortgage with, and cut my losses. Yes I will lose money, but really think about it, maybe it is for the best. My life is fantastic now, since we have been in Adelaide. We are all settled and working, new hobbies and friends. I need to think of my future in Adelaide and I dont want to be at the other end of the world and have stress regarding my home back in the UK and the extra expense each month. It looks like people are aware that the house is now empty and we live in Australia, so people are just using my home as a dumping ground, and I think it is a matter of time before the windows start getting smashed week in week out. I really wanted the capital in my home to set us up nicely here in Adelaide, so gutted for that, but thinking about it, we have done very good since we have been here without the extra money from the sale of my home, so lets just continue.
The police got involved and found all my stuff, through the woman who rented my home. But they will not prosecute her because they stated that it is a civil matter and my tenant stated that I sold her everything to her. Yes I can get her done for breaking the lease, but a solicitor said to me - you would only get a few pounds a week off her as she is now on benefits.
Overall I am happy and really pleased that as a family we have coped and really enjoyed our time here in Adelaide. What made me give my home back to the bank was this question I asked myself. "If the Austrlaian Immigration told me when I started my visa application that you can gain your visa right now if you give your house back to the bank and move over to Adelaide". "Would you"? My answer would of been a big fat YES!