Well we touched down in Adelaide just 6 months ago today and it's quite a strange feeling. Part of me feels as though I have been here a lot longer, but I remember leaving Scotland as if it were only yesterday.
We arrived at the start of the heat wave, which was totally unexpected as we had just left minus 7 and snow blizzards, so were not prepared and nearly collapsed with the heat when we stepped off the plane.
We have family here, who met us at the airport and took us back to theirs to stay for a couple of weeks until we had our rental furnished and ready to move in. We had started renting the house we are in a few weeks before we came over, just to make sure we could start our new life pretty much right away.
Only draw back of arriving on 2nd March, was that it was mothers day in the UK. We had organised flowers to be delivered, with a card attached, but because of the time difference when we landed and also exhaustion taking over later on in the day, we didn't get a chance to phone our mums and to be honest we had actually forgot. I think we left quite a lot of our brain cells on the plane! So members of our family were a bit upset by this, not the mums though as they were in tears with the flowers.
Anyway, we started shopping for cars, tv's and other household items after a couple of days so that we could move into our house. We did pay a little more for some items like beds etc as we needed them right away and couldn't wait the 6+ weeks for deliveries. So spent quite a bit more than expected.
Andy got a job right away and we got the kids into school as soon as we could. I opened up my own company and then Andy went self employed too. On the work front Andy is really happy he is self employed and enjoying himself, he had worked on his own for so long that he found it quite difficult to then work for somebody else. But this has worked out well for him now. I am still plugging away at my healthy eating company but trying to get a job to get a bit more financial security and help with the bills.
The kids love their school and settled in right away. There are kids at the door every day for our two to go out and play. They joined the football teams within the school and we started coaching this too and got our coaching badges through the FFSA, so we are official. It's such a big change for the kids to be able to go out and play and not have to worry too much about being too dark and the terrible weather that went with it in Scotland. We are really proud of them for adapting so well.
It's now the start of spring and we are looking forward to the outdoor lifestyle that is Australia and doing what we came here for. More family time and enjoying the sunshine.
Andy has had a fair few wobbles since we arrived, but it was an accumulation of missing family, working for somebody else and basically being out of the comfort zone that was his life in Scotland, but I'm very pleased to say that this has now settled and we are looking forward to continuing our adventure.
So for all those who are still waiting on their visa, we wish them the very best of luck.
PIA has been a fantastic help to us with all the advice and humour it has to offer, but most of all to the amazing people we have met through this and no doubt many more to come.
The advice I would give right now is that if somebody offers you assistance or a hand of friendship......take it.....you have to, it's the only way to develop a social circle and get the answers you need. After all you too can put out the hand of friendship yourself to others who have just arrived and going through the exact same as you did at the start.