flossybeth

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  1. 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 )
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. I switch between two mainly because of opening hours and appointment availability. The last one I went to I had booked my appointment, arrived on time and was informed the doctor was running late; which was fortunately OK for me on that particular day, almost 50 minutes later (good job I had my book with me) the doctor rushed me in and told me that I had to be quick because she was running late and flu clinic was about to start! Luckily for her it was a quick thing (I already knew what the problem was just needed a script!) I don't quite know what we'd have done if it was something bigger.... On the whole though doctors are easy - it just seems so much more complicated until you actually use them.