Did one of these a little while ago but I always enjoy posts like this from other people so thought I would add another...its a long one I'm afraid....
We have bought a lovely house in Glen Osmond so very close to the city in the leafy suburbs. Housing was more expensive than we were expecting but have a house that we would never have been able to afford in the UK and the pool we always wanted. There are far more traditional houses than I expected and that adds a lot of characterton the area, the trees are full of parrots and other noisy creatures and everything has a great feel to it.
Richard works for a mining company based in Newcastle but they have a foundry in Kilburn so currently works there. We really underestimated the amount of interstate travel that he does, and this seems to be an accepted part of work in a senior management position in Australia so we are getting used to it. He was offered a job yesterday for a huge Adelaide based company who are also going to sponsor us after a probation period so work is going v well indeed!!!!
Ben goes to a small private Lutheran school and they have been fantastic, people are very friendly and everyone is on first name terms, takes a bit of getting used to but feel very relaxed about the whole thing-he is thriving
Fun for little ones
Josh is 3, we could go to several playgroups a day but have restricted ourselves to 4(!!!!) so his social life and playdates is very full. Everyone is so friendly and helpful when you arrive, I'm busier than I have ever been!
Food, shopping etc
More expensive than I was expecting but such a choice, I still try to shop daily if I get the chance and the quality is high-Central Markets are a must if you can get there. We try to stick to local wines but with so many vineyards in SA that's not too hard, I'm trying to taste each and every one!!!
Ben is the only English boy in the entire school so most of our friends are Australian, we have been welcomed into their homes and their social lives, socialising is more around the children than a pub but that suits us fine, there's always something to throw onto the barbie!!!.
This is a odd one, I like to hear news from the UK but most people only want to hear our news and when you ask you get told 'oh nothing has changed' or its wet or cold or something. Some people have been jealous about what we have now so we don't bother with them anymore and Mum and Dad are staying with us so no chance of missing them!!!
We love it, feel like we're on holiday every day and fingers crossed things continue this way . To all of you coming soon, its very hot so be prepared and for those still unsure, go for it, nothing ventured....
Sorry for going on, hope I haven't bored you!