just saying "Hi"
Hi I'm originally from Birmingham, have lived here for the last 39 years, and wouldn't have it any other way. Came out as a 10 pound pom with my parents. Married an Australian and have been very happliy married for 33 years with 3 grown up sons.
Love to hear from anyone.:)
Hi and welcome to PIA. Wow what a success story. I really hope my children will settle and love it as you have. It excites me to think our further generations will be aussies!! Im sure you will have a lot of advice for people on here!! Yvonne
Hi, Where abouts in Brum did you live? 39 years is a long time, way before I was born. It nice to read about people who have lived there so long and enjoying themselves.
Iwas brought up in Brum but only for 9 years my parents moved to staffs for a better life for the children - sounds familiar!
I bet you have seen some changes over the years. Have you been back to UK at all it isnt all doom and gloom as the scenery where I live in Devon is still very pretty. However, rising unemployment even for graduates is a worry especially as we have ED graduating next year.
Hi We watched a documentary the other night about the ten pound poms, it was really interesting. Nice to hear from you.
HI there welcome to PIA.
Can i ask one question please?
How much has it all changed in that time?
Originally Posted by Tiddlypush
Where in Devon are you from? I was born in Exeter but lived in Teignmouth, Paignton and Torquay :-)
Hi inbetween Bovey to be precise. Hope to be there in November
;)Hi to everyone who welcomed me to PIA. I am originally from Sparkbrook, I came back for my first visit in 2006. In your mind you see the place as you left it and I must admit I was shocked to see how much everything had changed. The city of Birmingham is not the same. The old Bull Ring was much more full of life, with the outside markets near St Martins church. The rag market and fish market with the stall holders calling out their wares. I couldn't find my way around the new Bull Ring. When I went back to around Sparkbrook, I was so sad to see the way it is now. My old house is still standing, and the street we lived, always seemed so long, when we were there, but it's short. Everything seems so small and closed in. I guess I am used to the open spaces here. As much as I enjoyed my stay, I couldn't come back and live there, wouldn't be able to stand the weather. I came here with my parents, two brothers and two sisters, we didn't have any relatives here, so our first home was a migrant hostel. Dad was a carpenter by trade, but his first job was with the Highways department, and he stayed there until he retired. Dad loved this country, mum was a bit different, she found it hard to settle at first, having brothers and sisters still living back in England. After 5 years she went back for a holiday, with a friend she made in the hostel. She couldn't get back here quick enough, and after that she was as happy as larry. Sadly she only lived 10 years here before she died, aged 52. Dad never wanted to go back, said he didn't want to waste his money. He lived a happy life here, passed away in 2006 aged 89. Always said they were the best years of his life. As for me, well I meet a wonderful Australian guy, named Malcolm, have been married for 33 years this October. Have three great sons. Paul is 28, Matthew 26 and Luke 20. We live in a modest 4 bedroom home,in Golden Grove, we all have a car each, and we have just bought a new camper trailer, so hopefully travel at bit now. I've only ever lived in South Australia, so can't compare with other states. Adelaide is small compared to the other states. Which some might find boring and quiet. It can get very hot and dry in the summer 40+ and if you don't know already the temps are taken in the shade here. So can get 60C in the sun. So don't go laying around on the beaches for more than 5 minutes, even with sun screen on. Winters are mild, we don't get much rain in Adelaide, we are the driest state in Australia. Even on a winters day the sun will shine, and when the sun is out, it puts a smile in your heart, which in turn puts a smile on your face. Well must go now, look forward to hearing from anyone it's bed time now
Last edited by Brummie; 29-05-2009 at 01:23 PM.
Hope that you are liking it here in South Australia. Where about did you settle, and I bet by now your kids have little "Aussie accents". How did you cope with your first hot summer?