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  1. Post from the UK

    I've noticed recently that a lot of our post coming from UK organisations (such as Student Loans, The Donkey Sanctuary!) are coming via Budapest according to the stamp label and they're taking a long time - anything up to 6 weeks to be delivered. Anyone know why this might be?
  2. Adelaide or Melbourne

    Just to make you aware that it's dark by 9pm in mid-summer but it evens out by our winter evenings being just a little lighter (5ish) so there are no really long summer evenings; I'm not sure how Melbourne fairs being slightly further south. I'd choose Adelaide over Melbourne but that's because I'm not bothered for big cities at all - we live in McLaren Vale and with all of the coastal expansion happening down towards Aldinga it's even beginning to feel crowded this way! Good luck with your choice.
  3. Making the move to Adelaide in 2016?

    Welcome Adieplatts; there are always a million questions about such a big move and usually someone on hand to help out so fire away.
  4. 2nd year visa 417 Sign off

    I'm fairly sure that all of SA is classed as regional for the 2nd year requirement, I suspect it might be the actual work you can do to qualify, maybe try the Riverland for fruit picking (citrus are definitely in season) or any of the wine regions even though vintage is finished for this year there is still a lot of vine work (pruning etc) begin carried out at the moment.
  5. Booking flights

    That's handy to know for when we all go back next year - we'll be looking for all the savings we can then.
  6. SA drivers licence on your phone

    I had a phone case with slots in it so I had both with me until about 2 weeks ago - I dropped the phone and it landed on the corner; the only bit unprotected! So my husband decided I needed a tougher case which is less fiddly but doesn't have the handy slots; now I won't need them *I'd had an old style Nokia for over 7 years which barely had a scratch on it but had to switch to a smartphone for doing Family Day Care (and because they're turning off the signal in July) and smashed the screen within months...
  7. Booking flights

    Thanks all, I booked direct with Singapore in the end - it's an 8 hour stop over in Singapore but the flight times were best all round. @Tamara (Homes Down Under) it's not so much a small saving I'm after it's more I'm not terribly keen to spend anything at all but it's my Mum's 70th and there's an expectation (even from the other side of the world I can feel my Mum's stare )
  8. Booking flights

    I've always used sites like Skyscanner/Kayak when looking at flight prices but now I am actually booking a flight to the UK for November I'm not sure how safe a third party booking system is? Skyscanner came up with a $100 cheaper than direct with Singapore Airlines but I'm not sure how well rated Skidoo are - I've read reviews that suggest they delay your payment and then make you re-book at a higher price. Does anyone use a third party or suggest the best way to book?
  9. Is there any decent plumbers?

    Josh Rehn was excellent last year when our hot water stopped working - called in after 6pm and had the job done in a couple of hours for us; his charges weren't stupid either. https://www.facebook.com/joshrehnplumbingservices/?hc_ref=SEARCH
  10. North facing?

    Thanks NicF, I didn't actually mean we do have a desert although the 'lawn' is doing a pretty good job of imitating one... I suppose what I meant was that you have to be a little more choosy in your plants; certainly this year we had tomatoes and capsicums with surplus (our first year of trying them), we've got a passionfruit vine that's rather more vigorous in it's growing than we expected, a Mitre 10 reject lemongrass that won't stop growing and my favourite are the wonga wonga vines going along the back fence as well as plenty of native plants. There are lots of others that we've tried that have given up to the heat of the sun though - it's definitely gardening by trial
  11. Job Market in 2017 - office work

    Hi, I replied to your suburbs post and included a bit about my husband who works in IT. He was offered a job within the first week of us arriving, 5 years ago, and hasn't been out of work since - he's had 3 permanent positions, all in and around the CBD. He made contact with agencies when we came on our recce and then again when we arrived a few months later and his first role came through one of these. Good luck with it all.
  12. North facing?

    We have a north facing back garden and it's really tricky to get anything to grow in it (unless we want a desert garden). I don't find the summer sun/heat on the actual house too much of an issue because we have a large veranda that provides shade for the windows but in the bedrooms that have windows facing north we do close the curtains to keep the sun out. I wouldn't avoid a house because of it's orientation if I liked it for all sorts of other reasons because there are things that can be done to keep the sun out - windows shades etc. and certainly it's a benefit in winter to have the sun on the windows to heat the house.
  13. Suburb to rent - very young family

    I think if you know you want the short commute and are happy to be city based then you're not going to be short of choices but it's definitely worth taking some kind of short term accommodation before choosing from the other side of the world. When we arrived 5 years ago we (3 children then aged 10,9 & 7) took a couple of house sits which gave us almost 3 months practically rent-free, one was north of the city and the other down at Moana. From that we knew we didn't want to be so far out of the city and managed to get a rental in Lockleys. However, 12 months later when we were looking at buying we knew we didn't want to be in the city! (TBF if we could have afforded to buy the size house we needed in the area we probably would have stayed, so like NicF mentioned earlier make sure you can afford to buy before you settle). We now live all the way down in McLaren Vale and my husband commutes to the CBD; he catches the train from Seaford and with the drive/walk at each end it takes about 1hr10mins. For a couple of years he was driving to just outside of the CBD and that would take 50ish minutes. He works in IT, was offered a job within the first week of us arriving and hasn't been out of work since (he's been in permanent roles). I'm a Family Day Care Educator (child minder) and can reassure you that you'll find decent care more or less wherever you settle; again it does depend on your preferences - there are all sorts of centres so make sure you have a look at a few and find one that suits you.
  14. Proposed University Fees Reform

    I heard it on the news but didn't really follow the story up to know what the full implications maybe; even as a citizen it does concern me though as we have three, currently aged 15, 14 & 12, who will be having to make decisions about further education or not (and therefore their intended careers) in the relatively near future. What bothers me most though is that the Government demand degrees and more for all sorts of careers whilst also seeming to think saddling young people with huge debt is a really good way to set them up in life. And then they wonder why first time buyers find it hard to get on the property ladder...
  15. Fingers crossed!

    Hello and welcome to the forum; unfortunately I can't offer any guidance re the timings - we've been here for 5 years and our visa process was different but I can sympathise with the waiting. Fingers crossed it's a relatively short process.