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On the 10th February 2011, my family and I have been in Adelaide for one year. Wow! one year it just seems like it was yesterday when we landed, does time travel faster in the land downunder or what? Ummmm! What a year it has been! We had our house up for sale for 6 months but it was not selling, so after speaking to a fellow member of this website in November 2009 at 11:30pm UK time. I decided, sod it! Lets just go, we have our visa's, the house is not going to sell, lets rent it. So we rented the house to a lady aged 59 years old with custody of her two small grandchildren. My parents gave me £2000.00 for the flights and we booked them for the 8th February 2011. I started telling the contacts I had made regarding jobs I have been semi offerred, e.g. MINDA, that we are on our way. Wait for this now! Our family of five consiting of my wife and I, son aged 20, daughters aged 16 and 11 arrived in adelaide with £5000.00, just under $11,000. We did not bring any furniture with us. We had already had a furnished house sorted in Seaton for $750 per week, all bills inclusive. We arrived at 12 noon, by the time of 6pm that day, we had sorted out the banks, a big shop and hired a car. The next day we sorted our tax file numbers, bought a car, got all members of the family a mobile phone and pay as you go internet. The third day we had been here I walked on Glenelg beach in 37c heat and could not believe that we live here. From the third day of being here in Adelaide, it was my home, I never looked back, I never converted the $ to the £. I embraced the life of a aussie. By the end of the week Jane my wife had a start date for job on the Cancer Ward at Calvary North Hospital, because money was scarce she had to start within two weeks of arriving. We moved from Seaton to Ferryden Park, had to pay $3,000 bond and rent and no furniture. We furnished the house with the following: 3 Queen Size Beds with Mattresses 6 Bedside Tables 2 x 2 Seater Bed Settee's 2 x TV Units 2 x Coffee Tables 2 x Lamp Tables 1 x 7 seater dining room table set. Costing us $1,660.00 brand new from Super A Mart (Gepps Cross) 1 x Freezer 1 x Fridge Freezer Both costing $650 with delivery from Harvey Normans (Gepps Cross) Many friends who we had met, lent us culterly, blankets, washing machine, blow up beds and TV. I had been offerred 11 jobs, within two weeks of being in Adelaide. Great start. I decided to take the job at MINDA, but had to do my Australian First Aid and get my Skills Assessed again. In the meanwhile I gained a job at De Poi, as a Rehabilitation Consultant (WorkCover), the money was great, but I worked with 67 horrible women, I hated the job. I was constantly called into the office saying I fart to much, do I have a mental health problem, for instance: short term memory loss, just because I put those small yellow sticky notes on my computer screen, which remind me of things to do. I hated going to work everyday. I worked their for three months. In additon the lady who rented our home had never paid the rent and took all my furniture, my floorboards, the light fittings, my shed and even my Combi Boiler. We had lost $30,000 in the value of our home. Police found her, but they could not prosecute her because it was a civil matter. I got my keys to the home posted them back to the bank and walked away. That same weekend in June I applied for 5 jobs and two days later I got all 5 jobs, so I picked another Rehabilitation Consultant role (WorkCover) for $20,000 per annum less, within a few days I loved the job, my work colleagues and management, also the Chief Executive asked me to go for a drink with him, which I would of been daft to refuse not to. He offerred me to sponsor me for Permanent Residency, providing my family with more security/stability. I took up this offer. In the meanwhile Jane was really enjoying her work, apart from going back to shift work, as she was working in outpatients in Newcastle upon Tyne. My son was playing professional soccer for Adelaide City and we also had a chat with Adelaide United as well, who was aware of my sons talent. He also gained a job at the Director and owner of Adelaide City's business, BEST Bricks and Pavers as a salesperson, which he is still working there, but has now stopped the soccer. My daughter 16yrs old did not want to come here and it was a nightmare when she arrived. Constantly on the phone and facebook to her boyfriend, would not talk, would not sociliase, would not go anywhere with us, she constantly stayed in the house for 7 months, this caused a lot of arguments and upset between our family members. My mother offered to pay for her flight back to England, my daughter would not talk to me, she was not interested in gaining the PR or even attempting to make an effort here in Adelaide. Then my son all of a sudden booked his flight for the 5th September 2010 and was going back for good and never returning, also he was going to book a flight for my daughter to go back with him. I understand where my son was coming from and that he wanted to support his sister. I wanted both children to stay until we got the PR Visa but they would not. At the same time we had found out that the amazing home we was living in had been sold and we had to move out, we managed to get a much smaller two bedroom with a study room just around the corner, because both children were going back. 2 days before we were moving my son decides not to go back to the UK, hence my daughter not going back. Everything I told him to try to get him to stay he ignored me, but when his mates at work told him the same he decided to stay. Another problem we were moving to an house with no bedroom for him and really small. We had two days to gain a 4 bedroom house, lucky enough we got a 4 bedroom just around the corner from a patient at Jane's hospital. 6 weeks later my daughter got a job in a cafe on King William Street, she has just passed her driving test and currently driving my car, she has saved up $2,500 to get her own car and will be 18 years old in April, so she can then at least get in the pubs and meet people. My daughter told me that she is staying now, 8 months of upset and worry for my daughter and now its over with. My son is very settled and has a car now. Jane takes her driving test this coming week and we have savings for her to get a car. We have just spent Jane's 40th birthday in Sydney, we have lots of really really good friends who seem to be much nicer than the friends we had in the UK, I find that the friends over here make much more of an effort to meet up with you and especially help you with anything. We have no debts and money to spend and save. Jane and I dont miss anything in England and we have no interest in going back, our parents have even said not to go back for their funerals, in a nice way. I want to say a big thank you for all the friends we have met via this wonderful site and for all the help/support they have given us for this past year.
I have already put up our weekly update, now it's our ten week update. Jane the Mrs is still working really hard at the North Calvary Hospital on the Cancer Ward. She is really enjoying it and staff are great with her and management constantly provide her with compliments, which we are really pleased with. I have just completed my first week at De Poi Consulting, as a Transitional Rehabilitation Consultant in Workcover. very demanding and target driven but thats the way I like it anyway. I had to wait 7 weeks to start, with the waiting for the police clearance and skills being assessed and registering with Workcover SA governing body. Great to do just 9 - 5pm job, no weekends, no shifts. Happy ! In my spare time I have now took up golf, so Nathan and I play that when we can. A 2 mins walk to the Regency golf course - sorted! Nathan my Son (21) has been waiting for FA clearance so he can play Professional Soccer for Adelaide City, when it did happen, he missed the signing date, so we put an appeal in and he won this week, so he can sign as a professional player. Only today (Sat 24th April 2010) he played is second game for Adelaide City and scored 4 goals. In addition Nathan is working for the owner and director of Adelaide City at Best Bricks and Pavers. Also he has gained some good friends around his age, so he has his drinking mates too, all of the friends he has gained are from this excellent website. Problem they all live down South (Little Britain regions lol). My daughter Shannon (17) has been having some hairdressing trials, hopefully the latest one at the Underground Haircutters on Rundal Mall will offer her a position. Shannon is still contacting her boyfriend in England and costing a bomb on phone bills and she is still determined to go back to him when she hits 18 years old. One year to go though. She has gained two nice girl mates but they also live down South so it is difficult to meet up with them. Shannon is lot better than what I anticpated before we left the UK. Underneath I think she actually likes Adelaide! My daughter Charlotte (11) is totally sorted, she has a boyfriend of 6 weeks, loving school has gained a lots of mates from school to hang around with. They are the good bits............... The only thing what is bad is the problems I have been having back in the UK regarding my property. I rented it out to a 58 year old lady who had custody of her two small grandchildren. To cut story short, she did a runner, did not pay any rent for two months, took all my wood flooring, furniture, boiler, light fittings and blinds and even my massive shed from the garden, someone has smashed in the back patio doors in and also tried to get in the front door and damaged that. Someone has dumped loads of rubbish in my garden, i.e. doors, mattresses, carpets and lots more stuff. I got an estate agent round to view my home and they stated that I have lost about £30,000 in the value of the house. Basically it would cost about £10,000 to get back up to standard for it to sell on top of that. It has been a really hard decision because I am extremely fond of my home back in Newcastle upon Tyne, but I have decided to hand it back to the Halifax bank who I have the mortgage with, and cut my losses. Yes I will lose money, but really think about it, maybe it is for the best. My life is fantastic now, since we have been in Adelaide. We are all settled and working, new hobbies and friends. I need to think of my future in Adelaide and I dont want to be at the other end of the world and have stress regarding my home back in the UK and the extra expense each month. It looks like people are aware that the house is now empty and we live in Australia, so people are just using my home as a dumping ground, and I think it is a matter of time before the windows start getting smashed week in week out. I really wanted the capital in my home to set us up nicely here in Adelaide, so gutted for that, but thinking about it, we have done very good since we have been here without the extra money from the sale of my home, so lets just continue. The police got involved and found all my stuff, through the woman who rented my home. But they will not prosecute her because they stated that it is a civil matter and my tenant stated that I sold her everything to her. Yes I can get her done for breaking the lease, but a solicitor said to me - you would only get a few pounds a week off her as she is now on benefits. Overall I am happy and really pleased that as a family we have coped and really enjoyed our time here in Adelaide. What made me give my home back to the bank was this question I asked myself. "If the Austrlaian Immigration told me when I started my visa application that you can gain your visa right now if you give your house back to the bank and move over to Adelaide". "Would you"? My answer would of been a big fat YES!
Hi everyone its took over a year to get to this message. I use to read and be ever so envy of those people who write these updates. Now it's my time. Here goes: Arrived on lunch time on Wednesday 10th February 2010. Went straight to our four week fully furnished rental from Donna Jacob, well recommended. A really nice three double bedroom house located in Seaton very near West Lakes Shopping Centre, which is amazing. After 20 mins we went to West Lakes changed our English Sterling to AUS$ then went to Coles shopping, what an eye opener regarding the prices. But enjoyable seeing the different brands etc. The people on the till were ever so friendly even packed your bags for you, lots of people waiting behind us and we felt obliged to speed up, but the people waiting said "NO WORRIES" lol. So laid back the Ozzies are and ever so friendly, the kept saying "love your accent" and "you are ever so brave to come over to Adelaide". The same first day Wednesday afternoon we went to the bank, all our bank stuff was sorted and cards ready to be picked up, once again really friendly people/staff. On the way home we visited a car rental, organised a car rental and left with the car rental, whilst driving home I just randomly stopped at a car dealers, just to get an idea of the prices etc. After twenty minutes being there I knocked down the car dealer on a Vauxhall Holden from $2000 to £1000 and three weeks left on the Rego. So my Son drove the purchased car back following me in our car rental. Next day Thursday we went into Adelaide Centre sorted out the Medicare, Tax File Numbers, purchased five sim cards from Vodaphone and also the pay-as-you-go Internet Dongle, purchased a Sat Nav and a Printer/Scanner/Copier all in one. Visited West Lakes and Shannon my daughter got offered a weeks hairdressing trial for an apprenticeship in hairdressing. Also viewed another three rental houses. Next day Friday we visited Glenelg, what a lovely gorgeous amazing place, paradise on your doorstep. Whilst walking along the promenade, we were saying "I cannot believe that we live here, we could come here everyday if we wanted to". That was the time and place where everything we wanted and dreamed about came into reality. Honest readers dreams do come true and Adelaide was the definitely our home from now onwards. Went to view another two rental houses. Friday night a great family who we met on this amazing website came to our home and welcomed us to Adelaide, they came with their lovely daughter. One hour later my son and their daughter went out drinking down Hindley Street. They have seen each other everyday since, they say they are just friends, but I know its more than that. lol. Saturday was rest day we spent the day sunbathing on Henley Beach and viewed one rental home. Sunday we met up with a really nice family from this website and ended up going to the Gorge, we fed the kangaroos, held Koala Bears and took photos, walked around and saw every animal you could think of. Cannot stand Bats urghhh! On our return we went for a meal with this family. Monday my son Nathan aged 20 and I got invited to to lunch with the Italian owner and Director of Adelaide City at the ground in Oakden. We had a five course meal, wine the full works, shown round the ground and discussed soccer contracts and wages for my son. In the evening we went to see Adelaide City play a match at home and both Nathan and I spent the evening in the Directors box and again having a buffet at half time. Free drinks too. Tuesday I visited MINDA in Seacliff and got a job offer from them, as long as I can get my skills assessed via the skills recognition board and complete the senior first aid course. Tuesday afternoon we veiwed three houses and a bit of shopping. In the evening we went back to Adelaide City and Nathan received some medical treament/physio because he has a slight ligament strain in his ankle. At this point the owner/director of Adelaide City also offered to purchase him a car so my son can get to training and also offered him a job at his company called BEST BRICKS, working in the office, and can also help him if he wants to gain his own accommodation. Every person we have came into contact who are associated to Adelaide Juventas Soccer Club are absolutely amazing people. What a friendly and helpful bunch of people. Tuesday evening we met up with another amazing family from this website and went for a drink at the Marine in Glenelg, but had to pick the son up on the return from the cinema at Marion with is new girl - mate/friend lol. Wednesday first thing I received a phone call from the director of Adelaide United asking Nathan and I to go and see them about playing for them, so the last two days we have been speaking to him, but feeling bad to Adelaide City, so we have arranged to go and see the Manager and the Director of Adelaide Utd this Monday afternoon. We did the right thing and told Adelaide City and they was really nice about it. This surprised us. Later in the afternoon we visited the welcome meetingn at the state government offices, waste of time, but did meet the big boss of the skills reognition board and have an appointment on Friday to see her to complete my skills assessment. Another three houses we viewed in the late afternoon and agreed to apply for a 4 bedroom rental bungalow house at Ferryden Park. Today Thursday we went visted the estate agents and applied for the house at Ferryden Park and we go it, absolutely well chuffed. Jane the wife visited her employment at the North Calvary Hospital and was shown round and got her shifts off the clinical director. This evening Nathan and I went back to Adelaide City for more Physio treatment and to watch a bit of training. Tomorrow (Friday) I will be taking back the car rental, visiting the Driving Licence place at the Marion to Rego my car and sort out SA driving licences. In the afternoon I am going to the Skills assessment meeting. Saturday is a BBQ attendance and Sunday is an afternoon with an associate from Adelaide United at his home. Jet-lag what's that, feel brilliant.