Well exactly a year ago we packed up all our belongings and headed round the world to a country we had never visited!
We arrived to a very grey, cool Adelaide and wondered had we come to the right place! Feeling very bewildered with our 7 large bags, 2 small children and headed through the airport to greet our new lives.
First impressions.... why is it so cold? looks nice? when can we stop travelling?
We were met by Tyke at our short term rental in Woodcroft and it was lovely to finally meet and be met by someone you felt you knew. Tyke was amzing to us in those first few weeks guiding us through the do's and don'ts of Adelaide live. Pointing in the right direction to buy cars and furniture but most amazing was his dedication to making us welcome and looking after us especially when my son got bitten by one of the not so friendly locals!!!
The first week is a bit of a blur of lack of sleep as it took my children some time to settle into their sleep patterns. We brought a car, looked at rentals and started buying the things we needed. Good guys supplied us with a washing machine and fridge freezer and looking through the specials (junk mail) we picked up other things we needed. We spent the next few weeks sorting out bank accounts, TFN and Centre link payments etc etc etc the list was massive and we took our time at it.
Finally we found a rental that ticked all the boxes and we moved in six weeks after arriving by now the heat wave was in full swing. We had a 40+ heat wave and everything went from green to yellow in the matter of days. We spent a lot of time at the beaches and quickly bought a sun shade to hide in.
It took a while for my husband to find a job in the run up to Christmas but we got there had a fantastic warm Christmas, new year came and the kids got settled into their daily routine and everything was great. The I got some bad news which we knew was coming but still hit me hard. My dad had terminal cancer and went for a check up and that was it he had months left to live.. It was still in shock knowing that it would happen did not make it any easier so I decided to fly back on my own leaving the kids and husband here so I could spend some time with him. It was really hard leaving the kids here but was glad to have spent 2 weeks with my Dad and family in March. He died in June after his 2 year battle with cancer..
We decided to get some kittens which are brilliant and are part of the family Rolf and Harris lol. I have been studying for my certificate IV in photography which is great doing something I love, and slowly building up a business. My husbands work has been tough although he has work it is not as well paid as we are used to and living here is expensive (you can't but a price on happiness) but all in all we are doing ok.
You may have seen a post a few weeks ok about us possibly moving to Brisbane as there is a lot more work for Phil there. At the moment we don't want to move up there we love it here despite the cost.
We made the mistake of telling our landlord that we might move in the new year and refused us an extension and withdrew the previous 12mth extension so we are in the process of house hunting again! We are not ready to buy just yet as we still have a house we need to sell so looking at rentals is not great at the moment trying to find the right place is difficult as the demand is high.
To sum up our lives here is great hence why we are trying to stay and make it work. I know many who are worse of than us, but there is something about living here that makes it all worth it, my eyes anyway.
I would say to anyone considering coming if you can try it, at least you can say you tried. This forum has been fantastic for advice about the big things and the small things so I like to give something back when I can and try and help others who have been in my situation.
A friend of mine says "the only stupid question is a question that is not asked" so if you unsure about anything ask, we all will have thought and asked it before.
I still miss my family and friends back in the UK, but the life I have here is so much better. I have a good circle of friends get out more than I ever did, life couldn't be better. (unless my family moved here you)
In a strange coincidence my in laws arrived today exactly a year after we did...
Good luck and thanks everyone. I count every single one of my Adelaide friends my extended family, could not do it with out you