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Drop me a PM :) We live not far from Bristol and I'm happy to give you info about stuff around here (Bristol airport and Filton nearby also fwiw). Its a lovely part of the world and we are very happy here. The town we live in has some great schools and the facilities for families with kids are top notch.
Honestly, we have a good life here and there is always stuff to do, places to go and so on. Just hubby (and I) want to spend a bit of time in Aus living, he is ready to go home and I'm happy to go. And our son getting to know his heritage and his family there is also important to both of us.
I think I would go back for a couple of months first before moving lock stock and barrel.
I know this would be expensive but a lot cheaper than moving back and then realising you had made a big mistake as plenty have.
We have some friends that went back for just over a month and his words where no ones progressed or moved on, its the same people stood at the same spot in the
pub moaning about the same things they moaned about 7 years ago.
Other than seeing his family he would not go back as it offers very little for him his wife and kids.
I hope you make the right decision for your selves and wish you all the best.
That's fair enough but I can't see it being rosey for quite some time and I think that Australia's vast resources will take care of the country for quite some time. I read this earlier!
“Five more years of pain are expected for much of the UK, with unemployment continuing to rise in almost every region,” Rob Harbron, a CEBR economist, said. “The outlook is tough for UK households, particularly those in places with a high dependency on public sector employment.”
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The Public Sector is being battered and another 40,000 are to be cut by next year!! The Private Sector is not taking on so the burden on Public Expenses will increase. Come back to the UK by all means but make sure you have a 'safe' job to go to. Oh! And if you earn a decent wage you'll not get working tax credit anymore - (I think it is if the household earns more than £25,000).
Here and settled
our reason for wanting to migrate are to slow down a bit, i work full time as a Nursing Home Manager, my hubby runs his own very busy business in roofing and roughcasting, we are in scotland and just cant keep up with the work demand, so we have plenty work but want a more laid back lifestyle for the kids and us.
we also met a family who had wanted to move back,,, which they did and within 3 weeks they were making plans to go back, that was over 3 years ago and they are still in oz. I think the comment about coming for a holiday is wise good luck
Hi. We moved with our 3 children to Oz about 10months ago. We had many reasons but right up there were: lifestyle,childrens school and future,our cost of living and wanting to travel. My brother in law was getting married and it was important we were there, so we went back to UK for most of April. The area we had previoesly lived (between tunbridge wells and maidstone kent) was very different! We lost count of the number of both small and even larger chain stores that had closed and were standing empty and also were in administration. Most people we spoke to were having a very hard time trying to make ends meet. Those that are self employed were saying work is very slow. For us and the area we came from this confirmed we had made the right decission to move.
If you feel the move back is right for your family, then make sure you find out all you can and try to secure work first. The above is what i found where i had lived and like an earlier poster said on their trip back things seemed ok. The UK has been hit hard but some areas are suffering more than others.
One thing that concerned me reading your post, is that you seem to be happy here apart from your relationship issues. It is very unlikely that old friends and family will heal problems between you as a couple. Maybe it would be better to try and work out the relationship problems before making a decission on this move.
I wish you all the best whatever you decide
Hi I have been back for 4 months now and I do love England. It is so beautiful and for my family having Waitrose is so much better than anything in Adelaide, the quality of food in it and variety at reasnoable price is great. I just love the food here! I love the gentle and reasnoableness of the English people and the interesting converstaions you can have here about life na dpolitics that I never had in Australia. However, I have not tried looking for a job as i am a full time carer for my mother for now and living in her home. I also can tell you it was such a relife to be in the country as I parted from my father, no hurried air flight home panicking. England is stll a very great country and the people are very kind. I have found far more kindness here but evidently I rubbed Australians up teh wrong way!