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What a relief!!!!!
Gra, I think you're brilliant. I have to say that at times I find reading your posts quite hard, especially when I don't feel quite the same. I can't see why you are so positive ALL the time. Don't get me wrong, I do like it here, and I love the family life we have here, but I think sometimes that I can't compete with all the positivity around me. I don't feel upbeat all the time and then I feel a fraud being around other people.
This thread has restored my hope that I will be able to be in Australia without going completely doo lally tap. And I also think some people are able to have a release on this forum without having to do it face to face.
For me, it didn't feel like Xmas particularly but my kids are older...there is no Father Christmas (shhhh) and so they aren't interested in the shenanigans that make Xmas special when they are younger. Lasy year, we were hijacked as a prize display, or so it felt like...these are xxxx and xxx, our English friends... and I was so angry! This year, we did what we wanted, down the beach, had a laugh with some friends, had a great Boxing Day with some lovely people, and it did feel more celebratory rather than Xmas. I know it never snows in UK at Xmas but it sort of feels like it coz you are so damn cold/ miserable that the only way to spice things up a bit is with a pile of presents under an over the top tree before a stonking great roast.
Roll on next year! I can feel a bit of festivity coming our way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Libby, if only everyone felt that way....lol, but guess what it's not all roses , but the thing that gets me (without opening old wounds)......is.
Its the stupid things that people worry about, lets look at the bigger picture guys ,does it really matter what you can or cannot buy or whether this or that is not the same.
So anyone who ever it maybe then starts to moan about the little things in life bugs me..........guess what no one died, without getting to deep i had what i consider (in 2000)to be a life changing experence. So my whole outlook on life has changed.
We have all been given a chance to change our lives , some maybe a second shot at life...!! so grab it by the balls and look to the future and dont worry about the small stuff.
Must admit libby having a christmas this year doing what we wanted to without worrying about who we would upset if we did not call was great. While it still seemed strange to be warm and on the beach as a family it was in a strange sort of way a special day.
Dont worry everyone goes through phases of missing the old life even if they do appear to love everything oz, your not alone
Ian, Rachel, Harry 16 & Georgia 13
Arrived in Adelaide 14th June 2008