Well, its been 11 months or so for us now. Life is good.
Hubby is very happy to be back 'home' and son (now turned 6) has settled so well and loves his life here. Its like we've always been here really. Not had a wobble with homesickness, nor any sense of 'what have we done?' in thinking this has not been the right move for us. We just got stuck in and gotton on with it. Life goes on wherever you are.
Hubby went back to the UK with his work in July and while he enjoyed being back, seeing his friends and my parents, being in the city we left, he said it didn't feel like 'home' anymore and he would be happy to be back here. Of course, that we were not there with him also added to his sense of it no longer being home. But it was good, he enjoyed being back there and no doubt will be making regular trips from here on out. Added advantage for me is I get to stock up on some things not available here Or stuff like kids shoes. Hubby went over with a pretty empty bag last time and came back with it filled. He didn't bother taking many clothes with him there and bought a heap in the sales to bring back. Worked out well for all of us.
For the most part Adelaide is good. Well, the parts of it we see/visit and use on a regular basis. Definately have our regular haunts now and areas/places we like and don't like. We bought a house, about 7 months after we arrived and are very happy with it. Lovely area, peaceful, in the hills a ways and can pretty much walk out our door to farmland and beyond. Going the other way we can head down toward the city or out to the coast. Best of both worlds.
We love the CBD for a night out, dinner, movie, parklands and more. Brings back good memories also of when hubby had his little place in the CBD right near the Central Market and we'd be able to walk out the door and into the city within a few minutes.
We've gone to local footy matches (SANFL team we support) and enjoyed those. We like that kids go free to these games and quite often for games in holidays and daytime they have bouncy castle and stuff for kids in the family area. We plan to start heading to the AFL games next season once son is a bit older. I'm looking forward to it and hubby can't wait to get back to seeing games live. Cricket season will soon be here so we plan to sign up son up with one of the local ones. He can't wait. Then there is the cycling, racing and all that starting up again. Plus the velodrome seems reasonable price wise so will be trying that out.
Have an Easter break planned with the extended family and will be getting stuck in again to the Tour Down Under and the Fringe when it comes round. I did think the Fringe had too many shows and could probably do with a few less to choose from. Having been to some massive Fringe festivals in my time, I do think its a case of less is more unless its Edinburgh, but thats just me. I also winced at the prices for some acts and wasn't inclined to fork out all over the place for so many unknowns so picked 3 or 4 and stuck with those.
Have seen emus, koalas, lots of roos, dolphins. roadkill possum (I only ever see them as roadkill) and a few other Aussie delights. Have a blue tongued skink living in our garden and lots of smaller skinks I've yet to identify name wise.
Things I have discovered.
* Adelaide has churros places. Ok, no little vans setting up as a stall at a market yet that I've found but there are churros places in the CBD and one at Marion. This makes me happy. Its not like I want to eat them all the time but on the odd occasion I am passing and hungry, I love them as a treat. England was sadly lacking in churros so its lovely to be in a place where they are available.
* The Entertainment book is proving value for money so long as I remain organised and remember to go through it carefully, plan ahead and all that. If I don't, its a bit of a waste.
* Heating muffins in cafes is normal here. Ergh and . Its just wrong. And muffins just seem like cake, not muffin like at all really. Bit of a shame but hey, means I can opt for churros
* Footy in winter takes over everything. Don't invite anyone to a kids party, party, BBQ or any other event when the Crows or Port (depends who you and your friends barrack for) are playing. Check ahead on the schedule to be safe. We planned stuff around it (at hubby's insistance) and I discovered so did pretty much everyone else we know.
* I embraced footy. Son plays for a local club, loves it. He collected the footy album cards, got to know all the players faces and can give me the playing stats for just about all of them I enjoy watching it live, so much better up close in the atmosphere and can really help you get a feel for how the game is played. And how physical the game is. Then watching the AFL games on TV you appreciate it all the more. Blooming tough game no mistake. And now I am getting to grips with the rules, teams and players, its proving enjoyable. To a point.
What else. Oh, this. This is more for those yet to arrive or yet to experience anywhere outside of Adelaide
We've taken some trips. Liked Mount Gambier, went somewhere in the sticks heading north a fair few hours (that was interesting to say the least) and have learnt that we now think nothing of driving 3-4 hours somewhere to then return in the same day. Other places quite a long way away. More places planned. Some things I have discovered once you leave the greater Adelaide area.
* When driving for hours and you ask your husband 'Where are we?' and you get the response 'Nowhere' you feel very small in a big country.
* Blink and you miss them 'towns'. Those ones with population sigsn saying 235, but you only see two houses and one village hall building thing and perhaps some kind of small shop, invariably closed when you pass through or experiencing a power cut for the day and unable to open. And not one single person. Ever. But they have a footy oval and club.
* The strange sense of smallness again I felt when out in the sticks somewhere passing a bus with the destination sign 'Alice Springs'. And we were many miles from Adelaide. Many miles from anywhere.
* Road trains = scary beasts bearing down the road at you. Even more so in pouring rain. But they have pretty night lights.
* Feral cats. Well, more like feral dead cats. Saw many of these as roadkill by the roads. Not much else but lots of dead cats.
* Not needing to indicate for hours on end. Not needing to turn left or right for hours on end. Not needing to change gear for hours on end.
* When driving at night, car headlights can take a looooooong time to reach you. You spot them, there, over there, and keep waiting for the road to bring them round but no, 4 songs pass on the CD (radio ain't working where we are ) before they are even close to you to require you dip your beam. And then you discover its a road train and bunk down as it passes at warp speed.
* Not all trucks appear to have speed limiters. This makes for **** scary driving when the speed limit is say 100kph and you are doing this and there they go whizzing past you or bearing down on you on the other side of the road.
* Dirt roads. I am in awe.
Few pics while the going was good (passenger was taking them on the earlier part of the road trip and some of them didn't all fit in the shot as way too long).