Thought I would fill you all in on us (if you are interested - read on!). We are Andy, Lindsey, Thomas and Oliver and we arrived on Wednesday. I dont think that anyone can be prepared for how devastating the goodbyes can actually be - we stayed the night before our flight in a hotel and I think this helped greatly as to get on the plane feeling as gutted as I did when we left (Andy's parents in particular) would have been horrendous!. The day of our flight we were all excited and had a great flight - suprising I know with two littlies! We had a three night stopover in Singapore (stayed in the Carlton Hotel) had a great time - Can highly recommend the Zoo, absolutely fantastic, my children absolutely loved it (aged 3 and 5). My three year old Oliver (who is a loveable handful) was so enthralled by the lemurs and the fruit bat in the fragile forest that he put his head through a wooden fence to take a closer look - and subsequently got it stuck. We were very quickly surrounded by about 20 people who all attempted to assist us in removing him (Andy at this point was laughing as I was attempting to pin back Olivers ears whilst Oliver was screaming hysterically!). He had people pulling his legs and arms and after what seemed like ages we managed to remove him - complete with bruised ears. We then went on to the Night Safari - again absolutley excellent - (just remember to get some industrial strength insect repellant). We got taxis everywhere we went and found them to be excellent value for money - Never paid more than 15 singapore dollars for any journey. The shopping is an absolute delight, Orchard Road is about 1 - 2 miles long and is literally a road which has shopping centre after shopping centre (all which would put Meadowhall and The Trafford Centre to shame - sorry I am a northener!)
The theory was that those three days would help with the jetlag - how wrong was I! We have been to Australia before and have never suffered as badly as we have this time with the jetlag. We spent two nights in Singapore (all 4 of us) watching movies - fine I might hear you say, but it was 3am! I wonder if the stress of the weeks leading up to our leaving the UK and the fear/excitement of what was waiting for us in Adelaide all contributed.
We landed on a cold/rainy day and were promptly collected from the airport by the lovely people we had arranged car hire through. The drive to the depot was silent and when we got out of the car my five year old said that he wanted to go home as he didn't like it here (that for any parent is heartbreaking!) and Andy and I just felt shellshocked (we have been to Oz before, but we we went to Perth and visually they are very different )- I have spoke to others who have felt similar. Andy has struggled a little and I know that we are only a few days in so this is to be expected but to know that others have felt the same is a comfort. At the moment I have been more 'up' and Andy more 'down' but I know that could change.
We are staying in a fabulous rental (Thanks Judi!) all the comforts that we could need - and have been made so welcome. The day after we arrived we went to a lovely indoor play area the children had a ball! Today we went into the city and sorted out TFN, medicare and family assistance - Andy met his new boss which has heped enormously in Andy feeling a little more settled as there is some security there (he's a nurse). We have driven around a few suburbs but in the UK we had set our hearts (rightly or wrongly) on being in the south and we found that for now Seaford Rise ticks all the boxes - we have found a lovely rental (thanks guys - you know who you are), had a fabulous meal at the Port Noarlunga hotel (very reasonable prices) and are now all set for the next hurdle (waiting for our 59 boxes and sofa, finding schools, furniture playgroups etc). Andy keeps comparing the whole process to a horse race - the goodbyes being Beechers Brook, and arriving being the Chair so I guess we have the Water Jump and a few others to go. We are getting there! Will keep you
Will let you know when (or if) we reach the owners enclosure
Lindsey, Andy, Thomas and Oliver