I have been here for six months now! Sometimes I can't believe how quickly it has passed and other times - when I am homesick - it seems so much longer. Overall, I am really much more settled and those of you who have followed my posts a while back will know that I was thoroughly miserable for the first few months and cried most days. However, I wear my heart on my sleeve and what you see is what you get with me; if I want to cry then I will! I still cry occasionally, but only when really homesick.
Anyway, the main changes since the early days have been that I started a university course this week which I have really enjoyed - I love being a student again albeit an old one! The Graduate Diploma in Education will allow me to register as a teacher in six months time and then I can finally earn a living as a teacher - providing I get a job of course. It is great having a focus again - I really was a bored housewife with far too much time on my hands.
I love being here will Bill, the lifestyle is lovely and we have enjoyed the summer. Highlights for me were having fish and chips and wine on the beach on hot nights, barbecues and socialising - we have met up with Martin and Val, Mall and Kev, Deb and Pete, Fiona and Stuart, who have all been great company. We have attended a couple of 'pomsinadelaide' meet ups and it has been great putting faces to names, particularly Django, Passionate Pom and Sue2oz - all lovely people. We are also enjoying some of the Fringe events in the city this month. Last week we went to the Myponga reservoir and then onto Normanville beach which was gorgeous. I love those Southern beaches.
Also, one day while chilling on Seacliff beach one lonely afternoon, a dolphin came right to the edge of the shore! It scared me to death at first as I thought it was a shark, but once I knew there was no danger, it was just magical.
So, apart from still missing my family and occasionally having a blub about that when I meet up with Deb, life is pretty damn good.
Anyway, I have good news, last night Bill booked our flights for a holiday back home - yay! We are going to England on July 17th for three weeks and I can hardly contain myself - I am SO excited!! I'm desperate to see my grandson who is six months old and gorgeous, my great kids, my lovely mum, my auntie who has just been diagnosed with lung cancer and my best friend. Goodness knows how I will be able to leave again, it will be such a wrench.
More news - I have received a letter today from Don Farrell, the Labor Senator for SA, who has passed on all the information, disc of evidence etc onto Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. He has enclosed a copy of the letter that he has sent to Chris Evans and part of it reads 'many of the comments concern the difficulties in finding employment without a permanent visa status and the lack of recognition for skilled migrants who having their skills assessed and passed in the UK, arrive in Australia to find they are unable to work in their skilled profession and must retrain at great cost, during which time the only option is low paid unskilled employment. There are many requests for these issues to be addressed during the immigration application and skills assessment process.' So, hopefully now that the correct MP has the information, things will happen. I will keep you posted as to any information I receive, meanwhile, I am still building up the evidence.
About the ITV program, I have agreed for Dave to call me but have not decided on appearing on tv as my family and Bill do feel a bit iffy about it and I wouldn't want to upset anyone. So we will see.
So, doing ok I think!