Well we are back from our Recci in Adelaide and our verdict is Yes it is for us. We left a very snowy blighty Easter Sunday. We flew with Qantas via Singapore/ Melbourne then eventually to Adelaide and arrived Tuesday March 25th. Tired but in in piece. The kids were great on the plane and I took loads of colouring books etc but they sleep most of the way and they werent touched. despite different opions about Qantas we had a good experience with them plenty drinks food and fruit throughout the flight. Leg room was restrictive but we were in coach and you only get what you pay for. Poor hubby is 6 foot 2 but like I said we survived to tell he tale.
We were met at the airport by our host Keith (guzzler) and his daughter Kenya then set of to their rental in Huntfield Height. On the way Keith did a slight detour so we could pick up the keys for our property which we bought in Aldinga Beach from the agent in Christie Beach.
Dropped bags at the rental which was lovely and an excellent base for our trip. Very clean, it had everything you could need and located in a quiet new housing estate in an excellent location to all the amenties of the area. There was a handy map book in the rental which was our bible for 2 weeks. Next Keith took us to the are rental then we were released on Adelaide. We chose an automatic Xtrail to serve us for two weeks. It took a few days of adjusting not having gears and right p until the last day I would flip on the window wipers instead of the indicator.
We decided we wanted to stay up all day or try to and couldnt wait any longer so we drove down to Aldinga to see our house. And thank god it was there and was identical to the pictures we had no real suprises except maybe it was bigger then I expected. My 3 year old was duly confused because including the rental in Huntfield heights she thinks we own 3 houses. Bless. Over the course of our time in Adelaide we visited the house and area and are really pleased we have a base to go to and are really happy with our choice.
Over the 2 weeks we booked appointments at 5 schools 2 private and 3 state. We decided pretty quickly which school was for us and Max is really happy with our choice. He will be starting Maclaren Vale Primary in Jan 09 and Millie will go to Madge Sextons Kindergarten which is attached to the school. the other schools we visited were Galilee and Aldinga Primary both in Aldinga Beach. Moana Primary and All Saints in Seaford.
We visited Cleland Wildlife Park and got to cuddle a Koala and feed the kangaroos. We visited Adelaide which was a lovely city and very clean. Had a drive to Victors Harbour. Went to Port Norlunga beach and the Fort Park there which is a firm favourite. I had a day out with the ladies of PIA in West Lakes and had a lovely lunch/ shopping and chocolate munching day. Everyone was really nice and friendly so thanks to all those ladies. Kelvin had a day at the Rugby with the boys and he was missing from 9am till he sauntered in a 11.15 at night after having to walk from the bus stop slighty worse for wear. And the next day we all went to the rugby with a bunch of families and again had another really nice day of munching and chatting while the kids played.
There is just so much to say and tell and I could go on ... a couple of our funnies from the trip were.... Everything is in Kilo's and Im not good with that kind of thing so the first day I go into the supermarket and Im looking at the deli counter and and trying to hear what the other woman are asking for. Obviosly not very well cos I ask for a kilo of Turkey. The girl behind the counter obviously knew I was fresh meat cos she wraps a half a kilo and looks at me as she pops it on the counter and says slowly thats half a kilo and waits for my response. Which was oh thats a lots thanks that will do blush blush ha.
I booked into the schools to have a look around and got caught out with Moana Primary which I pronouced Moan 'a' The principle called pronoucing it totally different to me and Im like o I dont know where that school is Im not sure I called you only when she gave me the address did the penny drop. They pronouce it Mo warna.
At the Fort Park there are loads of BBQ so Kelvin decides to check out if they are working. he flicks one on amd pops the kids into the loo's he comes back a few mins later o check if it had warmed up. Warm it was to say the least and he burnt his hand. He wont do that again.
So we are back and cant wait to return despite having not the best weather while we were there we found Adelaide was the place for us a bit like England years ago with better weather. Price wise we found secondhand cars expensive and food pretty much on par you just have to shop a round prices go up and down like a tap dancers wig including Petrol. Eating out did seem cheaper and we spent during the 14 days on average $100 a day which was pretty good going for a hunrgy family of 4.
Thanks loads to Sarah and Keith for your hospitality and helping us meet some new people and ofcourse Keiths Lasagne very tasty...
Thanks to Sarah (likesshopping) who helped us with the purchase of our new house and her continued help and friendship. We had such a nice last night both you and Chris are so positive about Adelaide it really rubs off.
To anyone else I met and welcomed us thanks to you too.
Adelaide here we come Jan 09:o