Well we have been here for 2.5 weeks now and I thought I had better post our update. Well, as you know, we arrived to rain, which did not impress us at all, but since then we have enjoyed some beautiful warm and sunny weather.
We have done all the usual boring stuff, TFNs ABN, Medicare, Medibank, mobiles, bank accounts, drivers licenses and landline telephone. In addition to this we have bought a van for Sean to go to work and earn the money to keep us here and bought a little car so that Amber and me can get around. Amber is enrolled at school and starts at Blackwood Primary on Monday - Yippeeeeeeeeeee can't wait, she is driving me crazy at the moment. The 2 bed unit we are renting is small and basic but adequate and is fully furnished, so fortunately, we have not had to spend anything since our arrival on household things, they even put an iron and ironing board in there for us and towels!!!!!
We have been to 3 Barbies to date, thank you very much to Gina and Tony and Pete and Tracey for your very kind invitations. We have also met some members from PIA and spoke to some on the phone, a really warm welcome from all, thanks guys!! Looking forward to meeting more people at the next meet. Currently our container is at sea and will arrive in Adelaide mid April and will be released to us, all being well, first week of May. Until then, our PC access is limited, we have joined the local library at Blackwood and are using the internet there, but time is limited.
So far we are settling in well, finding our way around, I can now drive myself to Mitcham shopping centre, Marion shopping centre, Blackwood, Coromandel Valley and the southern suburbs, but have yet to learn my way to the city. I am leaving that one until the end of the Fringe!!!!
We are loving Adelaide and loving our new lifestyle, we pop down to Brighton/Glenelg beach most evenings for a sunset stroll and paddle in the water, this is the life!!!!!
You probably remember my posts re the goodbyes, well just to let you all know that you were right, it was definately worth it!!!!!! Amber is struggling a little with missing people and she is nervous about school on Monday, however, I am sure that once she has got the first week out of the way, she will be just fine. Sean has worked all week this week and has found it quite challenging. He hasnt worked for 3 months, so is a little out of shape, in addition, he has been in "holiday mode" since we arrived. He went to work on his first day, with not enough water, no hat and no sunscreen, needless to say he felt pretty "crook" when he returned in the afternoon!!! He hasnt made that mistake since though. He is settling well to work here, just finding the heat a little tough, heaven help him when it reaches the 40s!!!!!!
Will catch up as soon as I can get PC access again, I feel a little cut off from the world without regular internet access, but these sacrifices have to be made I suppose!!!!