Well its now 6 months since we arrived and i thought id do a little update, cant believe its gone so quickly!!
We arrived in a very cold July to be greeted by my rellies and stayed in a rental in Henley Beach for three weeks. We quickly decided we liked the south and soon found a rental with a pool in seaford. Next few weeks were spent doing the usual admin stuff medicare, tfn cars etc. From the day after we got here (and before we got here) chris applied for tons of jobs and got literally no-where. We asked suzer to do his cv and the first job he applied for after revamping it he got!! Hes still in this job now, he manages the contracts for SAPOL, SA ambulance uniforms etc etc. Its nt his dream but its a door opener. Meanwhile i started work at Ashford hospital and enrolled alex into nursery.
Work has been work really, before i left the uk i really wanted a change from acute / critical care, and frustrated with the hospital system after 13yrs i start my new job in the community tomorrow!!! One huge mistake i feel i made was to jump into a job with an agency even though i have a 136 visa, luckily ive found my way around the financial clause that tied me in for a year!!!
Initially we were in holiday mode and got caught up with land and house packages, within 6 weeks we had put hold on land at the point in noarlunga and were planning to build a house. Within a week or two i really regretted it and it began to feel like we had made the wrong decision for us, luckily we managed to pull out and lost all of $500. From then on in i had a really difficult time adjusting to our new life, i cried almost every day missing family and friends, familiarity and felt really lost. If someone had given me a plane ticket 8 weeks in i would have happily gone back to the uk. I really had a downer on everything aus, i think it was because alot was happening in our lives that we had little control over. My dad (who has dementia) was taken into hospital, i started being ill with raging stomach pains which meant time of work. I had a really bad experience at flinders hospital where my mobile got stolen , I then had a health scare when they found a lump in my spleen which after tests turns out to be ok, but will still need to go into hospital in next few months for an op to take out my gallbladder. (that explains the pain lol)
A few other things happened along the way, but lets just say it wasnt easy and i probly came across as really really negative on here, but i guess i was hoping to step off a plane in australia and fall instantly in love, when i didnt i began to doubt it all.
So where are we now....well i have to say if it hadnt been for the friends we had made before we got here and the ones we have met since we had been here, i probly would be back in the uk 4 months ago lol. They have become like family to us and 6 months on i am just beginning to settle. we bought a house which for me has helped 100% as we now have something solid here, for past year i felt like a gypsy lol. Alex loves nursery and has even got an aussie twang to his voice
Its only now i really feel like our life here is starting to begin. A few words of advice for people coming, dont underestimate the homesick/peoplesick feeling, do do your research but dont comitt to anything til your here and youve seen it. Be kind to yourself initially its a big life change and everyone reacts diffently to it.
I still miss family and friends that will never go away but when i see the blue sky and the life our son will have as he grows up i feel we definetly made the right decision as a family :)