Well we've just got back from our reccie in South Australia thanks to A Place in the Sun. We had a great time filming it and viewed houses in Trott Park (which Amanada kept calling Trotts Park by mistake ), Flagstaff Hill, Glenelg and Mount Barker.
It was really fun, and although they will not give out exact dates, it will be on TV in January.
We made the most of the remaining time as much as we could with a 6 month and 2.5 year old in tow! We were really well looked after by fellow PIA members (you know who you are!) that showed us round, answered all our questions, gave us loads of help and literally took us under their wings! BIG thank you to all those people, it was lovely to see you and spend time with you
We went to LOTS of house opens, supermarkets, shops, Kindergym, went to 4 recruitment agencies, beaches, job interviews, public transport tests for work, hired a car, drove round endless suburbs, did some touristy stuff, Cleland PK, Mt Lofty, saw dolphins, swimming, playgroups etc etc... We saw Andrew Williams from here too, and sought his advice on mortgages etc etc.. He was a MASSIVE help, and has given us realstic figures for houses we can afford and what disposable income that leaves us with etc.. I would recommend him to anyone as his advice was unbiased and truly spot on.
We have come away absolutley in love with South Aus. The weather wans't always sunny and even rained (gasp)! But the skies were still blue and we could still get outside more often than not and it's not even summer yet! The city was clean, had all the shops we could want, (I was worried baout this but think we'll be ok!!) the malls have these fantstaic food halls with everything you could imagine and the smells lure in! I found driving very easy, no traffic whatsoever - and only had to get used to going a bit slower which is no bad thing. The light go from Red to Green with no amber so people are a bit slower setting off, at first I was frustrated by this but after a few weeks I'd adapted to the slower pace of life and was the slow one myself!
The beaches are beautiful. To go for a play on the beach with the girls before their bath and see dolphins in the first break of a wave is hard to believe.. it made our holiday.
We found people to be happy, so keen to chat and so chilled out. We went out for a meal one night and by the end the waiter was sat at our table telling us his life story - there's not so much snobby class system from my experience - and this appealed to us.
I went to one of the schools with a PIA member and was so pleased with what I saw. Having children makes you worry about them more than anything - and I have come back 100% happy that the girls will be happy and confident in Aus.
I could go on and on, but basically we love Adelaide and are just gutted our visas aren't here yet otherwise we wouldn't have come home! We submitted our application nearly 8 months ago and haven't even got a CO yet. What is going on????
Anyway - a big thank you to all we met and helped us out on our holiday - we can't wait to come out and see more of you in Australia x x