Ok we have been here now for a week! Time has gone so quickly and it feels like we have been here for months.
We didnít have a brilliant start to our new lives in Australia due to the death of our pet Boxer `Paceí. He had become ill while in quarantine in Melbourne and was transferred to University Hospital. They did all they could for him but unfortunately he had contracted an infection (which they say he must have had prior to his flight to Australia) which resulted in pancreatitis, this in turn caused damage to other organs and he died of Kidney failure.
Our advice to anybody bringing their dogs with them is to think very carefully, if they are elderly or have any existing health issues find them a home back in UK or at least fly here before them so that you are here ready for their arrival. If you get here before them at least you can visit them straight away and seeing you may well help them get through the trauma of the long journey.
Although Pace was nine years old, we had hoped that he would enjoy at least a couple of years playing on the beach. We still have `Meganí who is doing fine and will be reunited with us on 17th November.
The South Australian government has provided us a nice three bedroom house in an area called `Golden Groveí which is situated to the north of the city. We can honestly say if youíre lucky enough to be granted On Arrival Accommodation take it and be grateful as accommodation is hard to find. We were initially given a flat in the city but when we arrived it had been changed to the house in Golden Grove as they had overlooked the fact that we had pets and realised before we got here.
I had an interview on our second day here for a company specialising in the manufacture of stage, film and stunt sets amongst other things, unfortunately I discovered on Wednesday that they recruited from within the company.
We have had many things to do since we arrived so we were please that we had already opened bank accounts and obtained driving licences earlier this year on a previous visit. Time has just flown by as we did all the essential things, Apply for Tax File Number, Report to The Immigration to confirm our arrival, Sign up for Medicare, Apply for a dog licence plus all the other things like shopping, paying the rent, meeting with SA Housing department etc. It really has been a very busy time.
On Tuesday 28th we bought our first Aussie Car and we are really pleased with it. A nice RAV 4 Wagon in metallic blue. We found it on the internet and went to have a look, did a test drive and then the following morning rang them to say we would buy it. First of all we went to the vehicle registration department where we filled out a form just to check that there was no outstanding finance on the car, at no cost to us. We were told within minuets that the car was clear of any finance and therefore safe to purchase. If we had wanted a written certificate to say it, it would have cost us $9 (£4.50)
The day we went to look at the car, Val had gone to the coupleís next door neighbourís house as she had a business making dog beds. Well she had a look at them but decided not to buy as they werenít quite what she was looking for. When we collected the car the following day the lady had made a beautiful new bed for Megan complete with spare cover and exactly as Val had described to her the day before and had placed it in the back of the car as a gift!
We went looking for a more permanent house rental on Wednesday and soon discovered this is not an easy task! Anyway we have a few that we would like to view so thatís a start.
One of the hardest things is communicating with family and friends back in England, the time difference puts us currently 10 Ĺ hours ahead and with no land line and only having the library for communication is proving hard. When youíre sat at home at night and would just like to ring or send an e-mail your unable to!! And mobile phone calls cost a small fortune with Pay As You Go!!
Still it will all come together in the end. So far we are very happy and pleased we made the move, it has not been easy and we have had loads to do. The loss of Pace was the hardest thing we have had to deal with and one that we didnít expect to go through.
We can honestly say that everybody we have met so far has been so helpful and kind.
Adelaide and the people who live here really are special people, we already feel at home and welcome in our new country.
We have updated our photo albums which can be viewed at: http://martinandvaldarling.spaces.live.com/
Take care and good luck to all those making the move and those who are already here.
Martin and Val