Just read a couple of "settling in" posts and felt a bit guilty that I hadn't contributed much on here for a while!
So here goes a quick update! We've now been here since March this year, so we could say 9 months in and still loving every minute! Hubby is loving the job we came out here for and I have just secured a Primary School teaching contract for next academic year (Feb 2013) after 6 months of relief teaching, which I'm delighted about.
We have also just signed the contract to purchase a beautiful (well, we are probably biased!) house in Flagstaff Hill and the settlement date is mid-January 2013. We are so excited to have bought our dream home after several months of searching and a degree of disappointment after a few possible homes fell-through. However, the Aussie house-buying system seems to be amazingly straight forward once you agree on a price. We had signed the contract and all inspections and finance sorted within a week. The Aussies can do some things quickly!!
Our 6 year old has settled like a dream into his new school and life down under. My sister-in-law and her family have already visited us back in August and my parents are currently here for a 2 month house swap which has worked seamlessly! They will stay with us for a month once the house swap is finished and return to the UK at the end of January. My in-laws have also booked to visit us in Feb/March next year so this keeps us busy but it has been wonderful to know they have all been planning their first visits to see us. We have very little intention of returning to the UK for the next few years!
We have also just returned from a fantastic weekend on a Murray River houseboat just a couple of hours drive from here but we had the place to ourselves - so idyllic! So much to see and explore on our door step! And, of course, the sun is now shining continuously!
Anyway, that is where we are at right now. Life. Is. Good.
Good luck to everyone making the move here...the hardest part for me was the final few months in the UK. Once we arrived, we never looked back!
Love Lyn x