Well I can't believe it has only been 2 weeks since we arrived it feels more like 4 weeks probably because we've never stopped. Derek had a meeting the day after we arrived regarding work and was offered a job there and then so that was a huge weight off our minds and meant we were able to get on with all the other important jobs like sorting out medicare, driving licences, family assistance, tax file numbers to bigger things like buying a car, securing a rental and getting kids into school. Also since being pregnant I have had quite a few appointments with doctors and midwives which has also included a trip to the Emergency Department!!!!!!!!!!! which I could have done without having only been here a week at the time but thankfully it all turned out ok.
Have to say the weather hasn't been quite what we expected and having spoke to a few aussies they are saying its the coldest winter for years and years, but it can only get better and it hasn't stopped me going to the beach's a few times which I have to say are stunning.
I have been really surprised at how friendly and helpful the locals have been and its so refreshing to walk into a shop even and be asked 'hows it goin?' and told to 'enjoy the rest of your day', certainly something that never happened in the UK.
The rental we have secured is in Seaford Meadows and is a lovely new build. My son started School on Tuesday in Year 1 and when he came out I asked him how it went and he said 'Its the best school in the world' so cute, my daughter will start Reception in October. It will seem strange both of them being away all day but with No 3 due on 6th October its probably quite a good thing. We unfortunately can't move into our rental for a few weeks yet as our container isn't due until 17th September.
I think the hardest thing I have found is the food shopping and prices you immediately think things are so expensive (which a lot of stuff is) cause your looking at dollars and then I'm trying to work out what it would be in pounds which I know I have to try and stop doing, I am slowly getting used to shopping about rather than just getting everything in the one place.
We still haven't managed to meet up with anyone from PIA properly yet but maybe once the better weather comes in there will be more opportunity to get out and meet people.
Derek is settling in at work slowly (this is only his first week) and although its the same type of work as he was doing back home think it will take a while to get used to it. Good thing is he's got a work van so one less expense we thought we'd have.
Haven't seen much wildlife yet a few Kangaroos at a distance, some huge Pelicans flying over the Ocean and lots of big Hairy Caterpillars!! Thankfully no spiders yet!!
Everything seems to have fallen into place for us so far and after such a bad run of luck in the UK we are hopeful that it will continue. So what do we think of South Australia so far - well despite the weather we think its HEAPS GOOD!!!! ;)
Advice to those thinking of coming - just do it, we came with very little money and are managing to make it work it has been a hectic 2 weeks but we are pretty sorted now and have a good feeling all the stress and hard work will have been worth it!!
Look forward to getting to meet some of you in the coming months and thanks for all your help and advice in getting us to where we are now .