Finally got the internet connected and the first thing I had to do was this post - how exciting - never actually thought I would be doing one rather than reading them from the UK.
Wea rrived 6th march after a stopover in Singapore to be taken to our OAA in Novar Gardens. Within 20 mins, I had seen a huge Huntsman on the kitchen door (which was dispatched very quickly! and I haven't seen another one since!)
The OAA was depressing, neglected and made me cry BUT after a week or 2, it felt much better, we had found our feet a little, Joshua had made a couple of freinds with the local kids, the weather was fab (washing dry in hours) and we felt like maybe it wasn't the wrong move after all.
We spent our weekends going from one open to another, dragging two small children around from suburb to suburb avoiding all of the areas that we knew to have a large UK popluation (no offence guys, but we didn't come 12.000 miles to live on your doorstep!!!) - however, we decided to take a look eventually at those areas and realised why they were so popular - they were quite lovely!
So after seeing 9 houses in one day, we offered on a house in Hallett Cove and moved in 4 weeks ago.
Nothing quite works out how you expect it to.
After 3 months, we feel quite settled strangely, it feels a bit like home.
Joshua (who I was worried about) now has friends at school, takes swimming and gym lessons and has even looked at joining in the footy. This from a boy who wouldn't get his hair wet(now swins under water with goggles) and has never joined in anything - we are so pleased.
I miss family and friends very much and have felt very lonely at times, but when you walk the kids to school and have to cross a small stream, see parrotts in the trees and can drive to a beach in minutes after school , it is all worth it. (so far)
Many things are just like 'home' and some are so different it surprises you, but at the end of the day - this will be home we think, and are looking forward to barbie season so we can meet more people and enjoy this country to its fullest.