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    Guest dglamoore

    sorry - very looooong post :o

     

    3 months ago (or 13 weeks) today we arrived in Adelaide to grey miserable rainy skies. The rain continued all weekend – much needed here but not the arrival we had expected! So much has happened since then it is hard to think we have not been here so much longer.

     

    Rentals – We attacked getting a rental head on. Every morning at 9am laptop was on with mobile in hand. We looked for any rentals in the general area (Flagstaff Hill down to Aldinga) that looked any good and called to see them. Some had gone; some looked great online but were awful when we got there, some where lovely but just not in the right place for us with me not driving yet. One day we saw so many awful rentals I wondered what we had done! Then we had a stroke of luck – we saw a rental advertised with no pictures as it had only just gone on. We managed to get in quick to see it, apply and get it before too many people even realized it was around. We were incredibly lucky as we now have a beachfront home (29 steps from door to beach :)) with a lovely big back garden for Dawn and the puppies to play in and a front deck where we can sit and watch amazing sunsets. On the other hand we have seen people struggle to find a good home and have to make compromises along the way.

     

    Driving – Before arriving we had heard the horror stories of Aussie drivers plastered over the forums. From Greg’s point of view he say he finds it easier to dive here than Exeter and that yes people do shoot in front of you without indicating, there is NO driver courtesy here at all so don’t expect anyone to let you in/out of anywhere, and being overtaken on the left is odd but overall not as bad as we had expected. From my point of view I have now started lessons and am already driving into the CBD after just 5 hours so cannot be that bad!

     

    Weather – Beautiful!!!! We have had some rain but nowhere near enough for what the state needs but even on rainy days somewhere you see a glimpse of blue skies. There is none of the grey dreary dampness that the UK winters had. When we first arrived it was late autumn here but still over 20 degrees. Now we have had weeks of cold weather which the houses are just not designed for you can see why people say it feels so cold here – specially at night. The skies are really blue and seem so big here – even on a cloudy day it does not feel like the sky is on your head like it could in England. We are used to long drawn out winters but already here our Aussie neighbour is saying the blossoms will be out soon for spring!!

     

    Work – something we have not really looked into as both of us now have businesses set up here. We were again lucky finding a work unit for Greg – a huge place about 3 times bigger than the UK with an office for less per month than we paid in Devon. Everyone is so helpful here and we have found that if an Aussie can help you they will. We had some signs done at the printers and contacted them for a quote on some business cards which she then set about designing for no extra charge! I have had work in already so it feels good to be earning dollars and Greg gets going on Monday so fingers crossed both businesses will work out here.

     

    Friends – people are people wherever you go and you will always get surprises when dealing with people. We came over with a circle of people we had chatted too online and have kept in touch with some, become good friends with some and others just seem to have disappeared getting on with their lives. We have met some good people here and have some great friends now so feel incredibly lucky. We took every invite we got (and still do) and have met so many people! My calendar is so full that it makes a change to have a day in which is completely different to our life before.

     

    School – Dawn absolutely loves her kindy and was asking to go back to school after a week of holidays (so nice to feel so loved) Teachers are stricter here and remind me of when I was a kid. They are not afraid to shout if needed and demand respect from the kids which is great. Dawn is thriving here and her favourite teacher is the strictest!

     

    Adelaide - We had no expectations of Adelaide when we arrived as we had never been to Australia before (yes we are mad) and what we have seen so far suits us fine. The CBD has plenty to offer and worth taking a trip into Chinatown for lunch at $5 for all you can get on your plate! The suburbs around the city while great for some do not suit us, they feel too crowded with lots of houses crammed along streets, busy roads with huge billboards and hundreds of car lots. We looked around the foothill suburbs when we arrived too and while very pretty and leafy they are also hilly (not good for 4 year old on bike) and felt too much like we were still in Devon which we liked but wanted to feel like we now live in Australia. For us, particularly me, the Aussie dream included a beach so we traveled around the far southern suburbs when house hunting. Port Noarlunga South and the surrounds were not on our top list in the UK of places to live and it was more for the rental we moved here originally but we now love the place and all it can offer for us.

     

    Our Life – When we started out this process I am not really sure what we expected or what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a better life for Dawn to grow up in. Children stay children longer here which is one thing we liked about Adelaide when looking into it from the UK and it has not disappointed us. We wanted a feeling of more space which we certainly have. Life is more chilled out but the days go so fast it is hard to describe.

     

    Don’t get me wrong – everything is not a bed of roses. The houses here are colder , you have to start everything from scratch so the smallest thing can seem frustrating when you don’t know which shop to go too for something etc, you miss familiarity, established friends and family are a long way from you. :confused:

     

    We have a beautiful home, we have good friends and we are happy so we have definitely done the right thing for us and I can never imagine going back to England now. After only a short time I know I am home and can only look forward to the rest of our lives here.

     

    Lisa:cool:

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    Guest Guest75

    A top post Lisa.

     

    Well balanced and great for people just setting off on their journey here.

     

    Our best wishes for a long and happy future here :D

     

    Love............. The Tykes:D:D

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    Guest ali@51

    Lisa

     

    that is a lovely informative reasuing post. A good read. U are not mad we have never been either and hope to be following in your footsteps in jan. Hope springs eternal:rolleyes:.

     

    A lot of the reasons you posted for going ring true with us to. It is good to have them re enforced by someone allready their. Thanks

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    Guest Roo1

    Fantastic post hun, I didn't know you'd only been here such a short time! I only know half the stuff you write about on here...lol

     

    J x:D

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    Guest JPT07

    Hi Lisa, Thanks for a great post. We can't wait to get out there now. Good Luck to you for the future.

     

    Paul & Lorna. :D:D

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    Guest mOZzy

    what a great post lisa!!! thanks for taking the time :) -

    of course we love to read such positive posts although we are more than aware that it won't be easy .. at all! but your details show it's doable without too much stress (we hope!) - and nothing wrong about a full schedule, well full with the right things of course: meeting friends, going for coffee, lunch, barbies, drinks on the beach :D

     

    i wish you all the best with things to come and it's so good to hear that you settled in so quickly! good luck with the jobs too 'fingers crossed'

     

    i sure hope when we get over that there will be an opening in your oh so full calendar ;)

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    Hi Lisa

     

    Great post - really love reading the views of a new life........love the bit about kids staying kids for longer - thats what I want for mine - and more space!

     

    We're on countdown...two and half weeks left!

     

    see you soon

     

    sarahx

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    Hey!

     

    Great post with honest views...what more can we ask for!

     

    Hope to be living the dream woth you over there someday soon!

     

    Good luck with all you do while there!

     

    Dan and Steph

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    Guest daksha

    Hi Lisa,

     

    Just read your thread, it sounds amazing.. Good luck for the future.

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    Hi Lisa

     

    Thanks for a very honest and 'real' post. I just love reading these long threads, reassuring and informative all in one. So glad you're having a wonderful time establishing life down under, sounds like you've got most things covered already.

    So glad Dawn is blossoming at kindy, I hope our girls do too. :D

     

    Thanks to for your help with the Thailand hols.

     

    Take care

    Dette:cool:

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    Guest Gordon & Dena Morrison

    Great post Lisa :D

     

    Just what i need to read as only 3 weeks today until we make the big move.

    Nice to hear that you are all settling well, hope we can do the same.

     

    I'm just scared about the spiders etc. Trying to be brave here when i see one but not successful !!

     

    Dena

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    Guest happy-jools

    Well weve just come back from Holiday today and had a sneak on PIA. And read this lovely post from you.

     

    Just what the doctor ordered.

     

    A well balanced post that inspires us all!!!

     

    Thanks.

     

    Julia.:cool:

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    Guest carters

    Great post,

     

    Glad to hear that Adelaide has not disappointed you. We all seem to be hoping for the same things!

     

     

     

     

    Nikki

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    Guest Django

    WOW!!!!!

     

    What a post. Is it 3 months already???? Whoooooooooosh where did that time go? Looking forward to the adventure even more now. We have no expectations at all. Its a new start with a more active life for the young ones. Thanks (yet again) for a great read.

     

    Pete

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    Guest Leanne & Mark

    Great post

     

    Mark would like to know, That lunch you mentioned in china town- was that $5 all you can eat or all you can fit on your plate if so how big a plate??:confused:

    (Big pig)

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    Guest dglamoore
    Great post

     

    Mark would like to know, That lunch you mentioned in china town- was that $5 all you can eat or all you can fit on your plate if so how big a plate??

    (Big pig)

     

    All you can fit on a plate but Greg manages to get his piled very high ;):o

     

    Thanks for all your lovely comments :)

     

    Lisa:cool:

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    Guest NikNrich

    wow GR8 post Lisa,

    lots of your reasons are also ours!

    so much has happened in such a short time - well done to you.

    It`s great to find out what aussie life is like.

    Keep posting regularly, let us "wanna be's" know you`re living the dream.;)

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    Guest Guest75
    All you can fit on a plate but Greg manages to get his piled very high ;):o

     

    Thanks for all your lovely comments :)

     

    Lisa:cool:

     

    It is amazing the first time you visit the Central Market and Chinatown.

     

    I think we are due another visit soon.

     

    Those plates can be stacked very high!!!

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    Guest happy-jools

    Well another good reason to go to Adelaide, the chinese pile your plate high thing.!!!:D:D

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    Guest the terry's

    Hi Lisa,

     

    It's so great hear that you are all doing so well. Saw pics of your house, looks great. Just quick question what businesses have you set up and how was the process for you. Thanks again aw inspiring words. The Terry's.

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    Guest dglamoore
    Hi Lisa' date='

     

    It's so great hear that you are all doing so well. Saw pics of your house, looks great. Just quick question what businesses have you set up and how was the process for you. Thanks again aw inspiring words. The Terry's.[/quote']

     

    Hiya

     

    Greg is a metal polisher who ran is own business in the uk so we have relocated that and I am a web designer :D. Process is not too bad here - we just had to get an Australian Business Number (ABN) and then registered the business names too as we are trading under company names rather than our own which was easy enough.

     

    Lisa:cool:

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    Guest graandjac

    :DDead honest as ever Lisa , just what we wanted glad to here that things are as you expected on a whole, maybe we (poor gits left over here) should just go a little open minded as respect to suburbs we wish to start.

    All the best and looking forward to meeting you ONE day.

    Cheers Graham

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    Fab post Lisa :D

     

    Really looking forward to our move now and meeting you Greg and Dawn soon (and the puppies!)

     

    You really have settled in well but I knew you would!

     

    Lea

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    Guest nikkiandlee

    Thanks for a great informative post, :D.

     

    We are only just starting our TRA but we enjoy reading these sort of posts to give us peoples opinions on Adelaide.

     

    Please (if you find time) add future installments!

     

    Regards

     

    Nikki and Lee

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    Always great to read an honest, down to earth post.

     

    Can't wait to meet you all Lisa. Good luck with the business plans & keep some sunshine for when we arrive on the 6th Sept.

     

    :D:D:D

     

    Take care

     

    Angela x

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