We left England 12 years ago.
If we could turn the clock back, knowing what we know now, we would never have left. The trouble is, if we had never left, we wouldn't have known what we know now.
We are quite happy and settled here, our kids all belong here, so we will stay in this part of the world for the forseeable future.
We had a comfortable life in England, and we have struggled a lot in our last 12 years. We would have been mortgage free in UK by now. In OZ, we now have a HUGE mortgage. BUT, we have a pool, 5 bed house, 3 cars, spa, snooker room etc, etc.
Do we regret emigrating?.............................NO
Would we emigrate if we had known how things would turn out?................NO
Thanks for the post very helpful !!!!l:):):)
Originally Posted by Perth Pom
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Just noticed youve sold your house soggy, Congrats!!:) Just wanted to thank everyone for their brilliant replies. I feel a lot stronger today and thats partly down to all of you! I really would be lost without a forum to air my anxieties. You are all great and if you are all in oz then it cant be that bad as a place is only as good as its people. . Look im getting sentimental now. Thanks again xxx Im sure youve helped many of us in the on here, not just me xx Yvonne
Thanks rachiegarlo for the lovely post. Really appreciate the time and effort you made to ease my concerns. You seem to look at life a lot like me and so your post knocked some sense back into me! Feel more positive about things now and know even if it doesnt work out how we intend the experience will enrich all our lives, Thanks again. Coming over in may to look around and cant wait to see the place!! Yvonne x
ok if anyone reads this before 9pm watch bbc2 at 9pm its about immigrants in barking and dagenham this is the borough i live in and you will see why i want to leave if you miss this programme i t might be on virgin cable on demand channel later
One year runs into another here so whats the big deal about trying something new (let's face it it's not as if they let anyone in is it,it's a hard enough slog getting the visa). My thoughts are if you would go to the lengths we are all going to on here to give it a go we're certainly not entirely happy in England are we and it would be totally unrealistic to think we are entering a perfect life where all our troubles are solved wouldn't it?
I think it is all down to the individual and their experiences whether they find work or don't find work are obviously a big deal but nobody knows till they try.
WE'RE STILL UP FOR IT! GOOD LUCK TO ALL
the way i look at it is,we all need info so some may not be as great as we would have hoped,but at the end of the day we are al loking to live & work in adelaide so there must be something wrong with our lives one way or the other be it work lifestyle, lack of sun etc so lets all give it ago n stop twisting no one is forcing us to move cheers all
Adelaide is GREAT as far as we are concerned
We have visited Adelaide now twice in the last two years and loved it so much the first time we started our Visa Process!
The first time we went we drove from Adelaide to Sydney with a camper van stopping of at Canberra, Melbourne and Phillip Island for a few days. At the end of it we wanted to drive back to Adelaide and do it all again.
This year we stayed in Adelaide for three weeks to make sure it is the right choice and YES it is, we cant wait to go.
Yes the houses have increased in price since our last visit, but so what, just get a smaller one than you first thought of!
Yes the petrol price has gone up, what the hell buy it or walk!
We both have good jobs in England which we will be walking away from and also leaving three grown up boys and a grandson behind will not be easy.
Believe us when we say "Go for it, if you don't you will always wonder what if"
In 1848 my GGG Uncle made the move, three months on a boat with children to look after, no recci could be done in those days and life was much harder than it is now. He did it made a go of it and so will we!!!
Good luck everyone.
Martin and Val
Sory mate, not very helpful, I know. But I think we're still as confused today as we were 12 years ago when we left UK.
Originally Posted by soggy
We are very happy and settled in OZ. But, we LOVE our trips back home to UK. And so do our kids. It just seems to unsettle us each time we do go back. We left UK, hating the place, but each time we go back now, we realise, that is is a pretty damn cool place to live.
I don't know. You can't have everyrhing eh?
But, as I said, if I could turn back the clock, personally, I would never have left the place!!
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