I am emailing from Bill's place of work as I have no email access at home yet. I thought I would give you an update on things as they stand right now.
For the first week - I think I almost hated it! The beautiful view, the weather, the spaciouness and the peace and quiet after a very stressful life (teaching!) in England, just didn't cut it. I missed my family SO much and felt that it was just too far away. The thought that I can't give my big, handsome sons, fab daughters and lovely mum a hug, or hold my beautiful grandson, was just too much to bear. I cried a lot, I shouted at Bill and I felt utterly miserable.
However, the second week has been an improvement. On Monday we moved into our rental home in Seacliff - just a few minutes from the lovely beach - and we have been busy buying furniture and making the house homely. I have enjoyed doing this; helping Bill knock up the Ikea furniture and generally settling in. I don't think I have shouted at Bill once this week. We did sit down and have a heart to heart last night and I was VERY honest about how I was feeling and this has also helped. Today is the one and only day I haven't cried (but there is still time!).
I have just completed a 2 day Senior First Aid certificate and have passed so I feel that I have achieved something and that feels good. I have also met up with a couple of PIA people too - Donna, thank you for your warm welcome and Lorna, for your sofa and kind words.
We don't have email access yet as there is no phone line at home, but that will be resolved within a week or so and that will ease my feelings of isolation.
Overall, I still miss my family terribly - it is HUGE thing to do, moving this far away. But,
I am doing this for my husband and feel that I can begin to look forward and take on the challenge. I have arranged (if email sorted) to webcam with my family next weekend. I am really looking forward to seeing them; I know I will cry.
I guess the whole process takes a step or two backwards at times, but I know that is normal. Libby, your description of your experience in the bank really cheered me up, thank you - it is not just me who has felt negative about being here.
Apart from that, the things I like are: the weather - blue skies every day, the beach, the friendliness of just about everyone so far, having some time to myself to read properly and driving. I love driving here! The things I don't like are: the way the Aussie's shorten words - ambo for ambulance just seems lazy to me, the food shops are not a patch on Tesco, the bureaucracy of teaching etc. But really, it is ok.
As I type, I can see Bill working away on his computer and I feel really, really happy right now.
Best wishes to anyone reading this,