Well we have been here now for nearly 5 weeks. In some ways it seems to have flown by but in others it feels like we've been here forever.Our first week was spent sorting out TFNs, Medicare, driving licenses etc in between brekkie at 3am with the kids and lots of exploring. We also enrolled our eldest for school. It is zoned and we had to provide proof of our address but they weren't bothered that we were only going to be there for 3 weeks so something worth considering when booking initial short term accommodation.
Anya started school on the first day of term and is loving it. She's been much braver than I think I would've been starting in a strange school in a strange country and not knowing anyone or how any of it works but she's just gotten on with it and we are very proud of her. Ryan started at kindy too and is loving it and making lots of new friends too. They've both started swimming lessons and Anya has started Guides so they are getting stuck in and enjoying themselves.
Our 3 week short term rental has turned into a longer term one. Our landlady has been brilliant and offered it to us for longer until we can find somewhere else long term - the joys of wanting to be in such a small place, we've been looking at rentals for over a year but just as we move over there is nothing, well 1 horrible one and 1 too expensive! We did put an application in for a house in Aldinga and were accepted but by then we'd decided to stay put. Our container is due into Adelaide next week so staying here has meant we are not having to live in a bare house for a month either.
Work wise, we pounded the streets dropping hubby's CV into all sorts of places (thanks trip advisor lol) and a few places got back to him. He started his new job 2 weeks ago and is really enjoying it, and as a chef he couldn't ask for better hours. We didn't come over here to make loads of money and be rich, we came to make the most of our family time together - enjoy the weather, get out and about doing things together. Jon is working 1, maybe 2 nights a week instead of the 5/6 he did in Scotland so it is fantastic. We get to have meals together, a walk to the park, beach etc after tea. Those are the important things to us so life is good!
I love Willunga too. We can walk to school - past the park and the skate park, which the kids love - I love doing the rounds up the high street, the butcher, the bakers etc, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming and there is a real community feel. The farmers market and quarry market are good for a wander round too.
We've been up and down the beaches, up into the hills, down to victor harbour so far and enjoying our exploring. We're just waiting for the kids bikes to arrive in the container then we'll be off exploring on 2 wheels too.
So all in all, no regrets at all about coming here, only wish we'd done it sooner lol