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  1. Just arrived

    Hi I have sent you a PM. We have two girls, 15 & 12 we are happy to meet. It all gets easier. natasha
  2. Coffee?

    Happy to meet up anytime. Will pm you.
  3. Meet Ups, Coffee, Wine

    Dan I have PM you. Hellar I cannot pm you on here, maybe something to do with how long you have been a member on here. Not sure if you can pm anyone? Would be good to meet up with you and your wife. Let me know if you can't pm and I will send you my number to text.
  4. Meet Ups, Coffee, Wine

    Hey guys, We have been here 2 years and love life here in Adelaide. In my 30's and looking to meet new people to start friendships, met some lovely people, but as I pretty much started work as soon as we arrived haven't really put ourselves out there to meet up. Really looking to meet some girlies for chats, drinks and girlie nights out, shopping etc. Really miss having a good network of friends around, for nights out, shopping etc. Either reply or pm me if anyone else out there wanting to meet up x
  5. Hi ladies, Ive been here 2 and half years and loving it, but do miss having a good circle of girlfriends. Im in my 30's and am looking to meet some new people here. You can find me on FB as not on here very often any more. Or send me an email / pm and I will receive notification. So in need of a good night out !!
  6. Our familys journey, so far

    well done! It can be very daunting and worrying when no work, but congrats on carrying on and now securing work. We have been here now for 5 months and absolutely love it! Both hubby and I are working and our children settled into school very quickly. Enjoy the journey, it gets better !
  7. Hi all, Got to admit I am guilty of not updating on here very often, have used the site many times but now I am actually here have found I haven't used it half as much. After speaking with some friends the weekend they recommended I come on and give our experience so far as this may well help anyone having doubts or worries. So here goes .......... We arrived on the 19th April 2013 and had booked a 4 week rental in Seacliff from the UK. Came out as a family of 4, me, hubby, and our two girls 12 & 9. Never visited Australia before and arrived with 3 suitcases and our container on route! We had a 176SS permanent residency visa, as my husband is a metal machinist and his occupation was on the skills shortage list. Shortly before arriving I had read on here that there was very little work for engineers in this industry and I had been looking on the usual jobsites, seek etc and not much coming up at all. Was concerned as we had sold our house, business, all cars, motorbikes most of furniture etc and was living with my parents for the 3 months before we flew out, was getting worried about work prospects, but knew that we would do what ever it took to find work when we arrived. So we arrived, and agreed that hubby would work first and I would be a stay at home mom, to help ensure the girls would be settled at school and I could sort all the usual paperwork, rentals etc. During the first week, we did the Centrelink, Medicare, Driving Licences, Tax Numbers etc. Second week we decided ok, now is the time hubby needs to look for work, we are not here on holiday and we have to find work to ensure our dream continues and we can stay, so off he goes, sending countless emails, phone calls to the lists of engineering companies I had created spreadsheet with engineering companies before leaving. We had contacted a couple before arriving and they just said contact us when you arrive, so he did. Unfortunately, he must have rang nearly 100 companies all of which said that same thing, no work, making people redundant, engineering here is a dying trade, sorry mate nothing here! As you can imagine, at this point we are on week 3 no work and virtually exhaused the yellow pages, internet. We had even gone for drives around the industrial estates and stopping and going into factories asking if there was any work - still nothing! The children had been enrolled at Aberfoyle Hub Primary by week 2 and were settling very well in school and loving it. During week three, me and hubby were just so stressed, worried about work, thinking don't think this is going to happen, omg what are we going to do. During this whole time we were also visiting rental homes to and wow, didn't we see some states!!!! Couldn't believe what we were seeing. We finally found a rental that we liked and applied and were accepted, so by the end of week 4 we would be ready to move out of short term rental and into 12 month rental. Another box ticked, great, but still no job! At this point it was agreed that I would look for work in an Admin role as there were lots of these jobs advertised, the girls were settling extremely well and as long as one of us was working it would help minimise the bank account being zapped of the funds. I started sending my cv on mass to agencies, job adverts, going through advertiser etc, lots of replies - sorry not short listed etc etc etc. Then week 4 came, we had our container arriving and had got the keys to our new rental, then comes a call asking me to go for an interview. So off I goes to interview, goes very well, just doing basic admin which is fine it is a job. on the day our container arrived, I got a call saying job is yours if you want it! Great, finally one of us working. By end of week 4 hubby gets a second interview and by week 5 he is offered a place North of Adelaide, not brilliant pay but a job - so he takes it. Finally we can start to relax and try to settle. After working at his job for only 2 weeks, he then receives a call from a company he had an interview at the second week of being here asking if he can go for a medical. So he goes from having no job offers, to being employed and then offered a job that he had had an interview at 4 weeks prior. He moves jobs as it is better money and we are all good both working and living in a nice home. Since then both hubby and I have been working and are loving our life here. Our lives Monday - Friday haven't changed from the UK, however our weekends we are so busy and going to different places. We don't have the stresses at work like we had in the UK, which gives for a more relaxed happy home on the evenings, we both work less hours and earn a lot more. We have a lovely home with a pool, something again we would never of had in the UK. We are both so much more happier here, the kids are loving it too, they love school, have made loads of friends and look forward to all the activities and places we go on the weekends. We have now decided this is our home and we have decided to buy a home here as this is where we want to be. We have found a property and have had our offer accepted and we plan to move in October! Our own little piece of Aussie land We have made friends with many different people here, some of which have struggled and have gone back to UK but we are here to stay and are meeting new people all the time and absolutely love life and we feel that this is now home even after such a short space of time. The moral of the story (long that it is) is if you really want this to work and you put 110% into it, then it can work. You will have hurdles that you will have to overcome but just deal with them one at a time as they come along. We are living proof that we came with only limited information, never visited Australia, only research online and sites like PIA and are now here and we couldn't wish for more. Don't just dream it - get up and do it. If you don't you will never know and may ask yourselves 'what if', at least if you try and it doesn't work - then what an adventure it will be. Good luck to all that are trying to obtain visas and who may be struggling here, just keep going it will all turn around and come good. I will try to come on here more often to offer any advice, limited it may be, but to give back what we have received from here. :smile::smile: x
  8. Short Term Rental needed urgently

    We are breaking our lease in Old Reynella - 4 bed, 2 bath, pool, garage, lovely home. We do have a family who are interested in taking on the lease but should they not go ahead I can certainly let you know. The house will be available from 14th October, if really desperate just let us know and we will see if there is anything we can do.
  9. Builder required

    Hi all, we are currently looking at purchasing a house in happy valley, but would like to extend on the house as the layout is a bit small at the moment. Are there any builders on here that can come and look to give me a quote ASAP so we know whether to offer on house. Or can anyone recommend any builders / companies who they have used to extend (brick) onto current house. We need to have our offer on by end of week at latest so on a very short time frame at moment. The actual extension in case anyone can give me a rough idea based on size etc. to come off back of house down onto patio area by 4m and then follow patio area along 14m and then back into the house 4m. It is to have one long narrow (horizontal) window on left side wall, 2 large floor to ceiling windows on back wall and on the right side wall coming back to house to have with bi fold doors or large patio door (dependant on costs), the house is on a concrete block at moment and is a brick construction. The back wall at moment will be taken out to make one big open plan lounge / diner so would need to include cost to remove internal wall. If anyone can help or give advice on rough costs I would be most grateful. Thanks all natasha
  10. Meeting New People

    Hi Blossom we are currently living in Old Reynella. Thanks Jo have sent you a PM.
  11. Hi Sarah, There was a mixed group yesterday some who work during week and others who are free on some weekdays. I know Jane meets with some of the moms I think it is a Thursday, I'm sure if u send her a msg she will let u know when they are all next meeting up. Hopefully u can make the next one natasha
  12. Meet up today at port noarlunga

    Hi Nicola, we didn't exactly walk up the beach the kids ended up running into the sea and one by one they fell in lol. Many wet kids going home after. Was great meeting everyone yesterday, and thanks to Doug for taking time out to see us all, much advice received gratefully. Will defiantly have to arrange another was fun! See u all soon, take care natasha
  13. Meet up today at port noarlunga

    Thanks guys, just didn't want people to think I was trying to tread on any toes. x
  14. Hi all, just to let u know there are a few of us newbies meeting at the teal turtle cafe at 2pm today, just up from the jetty in port noarlunga. We are a mixed group of singles, families, young and old so if anyone fancies coming along and saying hi then you are all more than welcome. We always seem to miss the main meet up and thought rather than keep meeting people separately just easier to do it in one go. If there is any oldie members who are free to come along too, it would be great to see /speak to you as your knowledge and advice would be very useful to some of us very new arrivals. Looking forward to meeting you all later today, if anyone needs my number pm me. Just want to say we are not intending to upset anybody who organises the other meet ups, this is purely so we can meet altogether rather than going out to several different cafes parks on a day to meet different families. Natasha, Les, Charlotte(12), Lauren (9)
  15. All our dreams can come true.........

    Congratulations on getting your visas. Such an amazing feeling when it is all finally approved. We have been here 12 weeks now and we are absolutely loving it. If the process was easy, I don't believe we would want or work as hard for it. The fun is about to start. Have a safe journey.