Hi James & rachel, We are not in Oz yet but will hopefully make it there by July 2012 so can't really help with the meeting up thing but one thing I was wondering was what is Mount Barker like. I was looking at some developments there the other day and it seemed ok. it's not to say we would move there but it is another option if we can't find/afford soemthing nearer the sea as one of the kids would really like to get into surfing. I'm not that much into cars but I love astronomy and would love to get a decent telescope - maybe the OH will buy me one as a leaving present from the UK!! Anyway, hope you get some friends there soon and keep on smiling as it's rubbish over here at the mo. Merry Xmas, Mis