Well, news update
Finally feeling a bit more settled now. The novelty has worn off and the shock of OAA has faded into memory. I won't say bad memories as we were sort of clear of what we could be getting - clean, basic, old, old, old, dated, not great area etc etc but it gave us somewhere to sleep without worrying too much.
We looked round all suburbs and then decided how far away from city we wanted to be. We chose an arc from Hallett Cove round Sheidow park, Morphett Vale, Happy Valley and Aberfoyle Park but also looked at Port Noarlunga. Our main conern with Port Noarlunga is that, I think, the older kids were sent by bus to a secondary school in Christie Downs and I didn't want that.
We chose to limit our spending on rent to $300 ish per week as we were pretty confident we could get something that would suffice for that. We have a 4 bed, 2 bathroom bungalow in a quiet cul de sac with a nice garden for that. The houses here are about 10-15 years old and it is a nice quiet place. We have views of the hills and can be at the beaches in 5-10 mins. Shops are handy especially in Old Reynella, which I love. The primary school is next door but one and we can watch our daughter playing at breaktime from our front drive.
We had probs with our money which was not forwarded onto our bank as we had planned. We arrived on the 20th, went to the bank on the Monday and had a fit when they had no idea why we were there! It took mroe than a week to get our money sorted which created stress on a massive scale and nearly sent me off to the travel agents in a huff to book a flight anywhere out of Oz!
A lovely lady called Karin who was on holiday here got in touch and we met her and her lovely family which really helped. Not only did we enjoy their company (I was ready to hit the OH with the first dented applicance that came to hand) but it was good to hear about the experiences of others going through similar things face to face. Methinks I made a new friend....
Australians can't drive. I warn you now. They indicate after they have changed lane, have no idea about space between vehicles, or speed. They use mobiles and generally drive you mad. Just as well they are so nice outside of their cars.
Australians also cannot make decent bread or at least not that I have found. I have found PGTips but can't remember where that was so am now reduced to cr*ppy tea which is making me irritable.
Australians can give you the time of day and will happily start a conversation up no matter where you are in order to share their enthusiasm for their country. They love Australia and want you to love it too.
They are incredibly helpful and will spend ages going through all sorts that they think you might like to visit, giving you directions.
Australians do know what it means to have a work life balance and so close up shops at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon. It drove me mad the first time I came across it but now I quite like it. It is part of the slower pace that I came here for so I am loving it.
Australians don't really give a hoot about what your house is like, or what car you drive etc. What matters is the type of person you are, not what you have and I find that refreshing. To have a value for being just me is wonderful.
They know how to be creative when building houses on what looks to me like a cliff face. Go to Flagstaff Hills if you want to see what I mean.
From anywhere in Adelaide CBD you can turn your head and see the hills which calms your spirit.
Their beaches stretch for miles and I have yet to see a sea so turquoise or beautiful anywhere else. Their land is beautiful and the hills/ views are stunning.
In short, Australia is one hell of a place to be and I am so glad I came.
The tears have started but we expected that. We are missing people but the emails help and keeping busy stops us dwelling on things.
If I can be of anymore help, PM me.
Looking forward to getting in touch with those that are here...
TO THE ASHTONS
I dropped the phone that had your details saved on it. I have now got your details again and will be in touch asap.