Hi Libby,Bob and family
Thanks so much for your input. It means alot for people like you to share their experiences. It is such a daunting process and you know you want to do it but having input from people who have been there and feel its worth it helps the process along if you know what I mean. I have heard of the meet and greet service and its one we will def pursue as to land there and be on your own would be too much. We are very positive about getting state sponsorship as the TRA souns like a major hurdle . Will keep you posted
Jill Phil Lucy Daniel and Thomas (west yorkshire)
It does help to have advice, comments from Oz when you are in the UK. We all received help in one way shape or form and still are. It is nice to be able to help others. Karma if you will.
I just noticed where you are from - my dad was a Yorkshireman. Born and bred in Withernsea and Scarborough, he was.
Meet and Greet is free adn you can apply for that seperately from the OAA.
It certainly does help to have advice from people already over there. This forum is proving to be a godsend!! How strange your Dad coming from Withernsea which is East Yorkshire, my mum and Dad live at Hornsea which is the next town along from Withernsea
Will keep you posted on our progress
Jill Phil Lucy Daniel and Thomas
Small world indeed...we used to live there!!!!!!
Well blow me down with a feather. Oh I have just read that your children are older than I thought (sorry about that!) and are closer in age to my own. My girls are 11 and 14.
Whereabouts in Hornsea are they? We had 3 addresses there - 2 of which were opposite the Mere.
Hi Can't believe that Libby what a small world indeed
Did you live there before you emigrated????if so how long ago.Mum and Dad live off cliff road westholme avenue which is the very last street off cliff road before Northcliffe caravan park and the boat yard!!!!The bungalow overlooks the sea(just hope it doesn't fall in like they tend to do!!!!) I know the mere well and have rowed round it a few times.My nieces live there too and are 12 and 17.
Spending the weekend there next week how long were you there??
Yes my kids are 15,11 and 6. We worry about the eldest two settling over there and wonder with my daughter being in her last year how she will stand with her gcses.Told her she might have another year of school to do over there which didn't go down well!!!.
Still trying to get over the fact your from Hornsea UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
We lived on Hull Road (2 houses 5 doors apart - we moved house using a wheelbarrow, I kid you not) and Wilton Road. My grandparents lived up near your parents, off Cliff Road - I think it was Clifford Road/ Street. A long time ago - they moved to Hull Road too in 1981 - so my memory is not what it was. Before we bought one of our houses, I remember staying at that caravan park - or one of them, it used to have chalets.
We lived there on and off between spells abroad, spells in London (where my mum was from) and then moved down south in 1983. Stayed down south or abroad after that.
I cannot believe it either.
Like you we worried about our girls settling. Sophie has been fine, Emily was a worry and to be honest, at times a real pain in the a*se, playing the martyr, but she has settled down now. Once we bought somewhere and she was in a school where she felt she belonged, she was fine. Her friends are lovely and she is relaxed as I hoped she would be.
We have settled in an area where Emily can get the bus to the beach and to the city. We are also about 5 mins or so from the train station so in a really good position.
P.S. I need a photo of sunset across the Mere! I still remember that, oh and the North Sea. The sea from the beach at Hornsea looks a grey sort of brown and is very rarely any other colour. My gran said we are at the beach and we will go paddling even if it was absolutely freezing. Nothing like the beaches here!
Will try and get that photo of the sunset for you next week and maybe some shots of that North Sea if you give me your e mail address will forward them to you