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flossybeth last won the day on June 3 2017

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  1. A realy RUBBISH thread!

    The first week we were in our new house we had a pink sticker slapped across our un-emptied bin because it had the 'wrong' council stamped on the front (a relic from when one end of town was under a different council to the other) ... It's not like we brought it with us so who knows what the people before us were doing with their rubbish!
  2. Parents groups

    Your local library and Children's Centre will run various groups depending on where you are or possibly your local primary will have some sort of playgroup.
  3. Booking flights

    Tamara I always used to think when my 3 were younger that if we were split up on a flight people would soon be happy to move around! and although we never had any issues when my husband flew back from the UK a few years ago with Malaysian and he helped a lady with 3 very small children who was very grateful because her husband had been upgraded and left her to sit in economy by herself!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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 )
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.