richjop

Been here nearly six months, thoughts so far

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    Did one of these a little while ago but I always enjoy posts like this from other people so thought I would add another...its a long one I'm afraid....

     

    House

    We have bought a lovely house in Glen Osmond so very close to the city in the leafy suburbs. Housing was more expensive than we were expecting but have a house that we would never have been able to afford in the UK and the pool we always wanted. There are far more traditional houses than I expected and that adds a lot of characterton the area, the trees are full of parrots and other noisy creatures and everything has a great feel to it.

     

    Jobs

    Richard works for a mining company based in Newcastle but they have a foundry in Kilburn so currently works there. We really underestimated the amount of interstate travel that he does, and this seems to be an accepted part of work in a senior management position in Australia so we are getting used to it. He was offered a job yesterday for a huge Adelaide based company who are also going to sponsor us after a probation period so work is going v well indeed!!!!

     

    School

    Ben goes to a small private Lutheran school and they have been fantastic, people are very friendly and everyone is on first name terms, takes a bit of getting used to but feel very relaxed about the whole thing-he is thriving

     

    Fun for little ones

    Josh is 3, we could go to several playgroups a day but have restricted ourselves to 4(!!!!) so his social life and playdates is very full. Everyone is so friendly and helpful when you arrive, I'm busier than I have ever been!

     

    Food, shopping etc

    More expensive than I was expecting but such a choice, I still try to shop daily if I get the chance and the quality is high-Central Markets are a must if you can get there. We try to stick to local wines but with so many vineyards in SA that's not too hard, I'm trying to taste each and every one!!!

     

    People

    Ben is the only English boy in the entire school so most of our friends are Australian, we have been welcomed into their homes and their social lives, socialising is more around the children than a pub but that suits us fine, there's always something to throw onto the barbie!!!.

     

    Missing people

    This is a odd one, I like to hear news from the UK but most people only want to hear our news and when you ask you get told 'oh nothing has changed' or its wet or cold or something. Some people have been jealous about what we have now so we don't bother with them anymore and Mum and Dad are staying with us so no chance of missing them!!!

     

    Overall

    We love it, feel like we're on holiday every day and fingers crossed things continue this way . To all of you coming soon, its very hot so be prepared and for those still unsure, go for it, nothing ventured....

    Sorry for going on, hope I haven't bored you!

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    Hey!

     

    Great post...love reading these reviews...especially honest ones!!! Sounds like you having a great time over there.

     

    Cant wait to join ya!

     

    Dan and Steph

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    Guest louiesmum

    Hi

    Enjoyed the post I too like reading these, we hopefully will be joining you guys soon, aiming for March, fingers crossed!! A quick Q what is a Lutheran School, what made you choose it, very interested as I have a 6 year old.

    Thanks for any advice & for the good post

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    Guest Django

     

    Jobs

    Richard works for a mining company based in Newcastle but they have a foundry in Kilburn so currently works there.

     

    So he is still in England then??? :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

     

    Great post love reading what is going on over there. As for you 'jealous friends' do keep in touch. Email them pictures everyday of your great new life.:jimlad: After all they could do the same if they really wanted.

    As for hearing news..... people will be more interested on hearing your news than giving out theirs. You have done something exciting. You are on an adventure while they are doing the same old thing day in day out.

     

    Good on you and and thanks for taking the time posting your findings.

     

    Pete

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    Guest mOZzy

    thank you!!

    i am glad you remembered us poor waiting ones still in the cold dark uk :notworthy:

     

     

    great to hear that your kids are so happy over there; that's one of the main reasons really to take this adventure on!!!! - made me laugh that you go to 'only' 4 playdates :D

     

     

    great news also that you've got 'your' house already. what made you chose that area???

     

    good luck with all the things to come :wubclub:

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    Ben goes to a Lutheran school not for any religious reason and it is no more so than the CoE primary he went to in the UK. From what I have seen being a Lutheran is all about the community and caring for others and so there is a very strong family element within the school. The reason why we chose it, and the area is that we wanted to be near the best schools in Adelaide and near the city. It ticked all the boxes as far as special needs teaching was concerned (Ben is highly intelligent and has few probs because of it) and it was small, we found that a lot of the schools around here have a 4 or 5 class intake per year-that will differ across th whole of Adelaide-so we are very happy with our choice. Schools were the number 1 priority when looking for an area and Richard looked at so many, what clinched it for us was the fact that when he looked around every single child was happy and occupied at recess time and the sports teachers were voluntarily playing with the children, a bit different to the surly teachers standing around with their hands in their pockets that we were used to!!!! One thing that may be of some use is that although Ben is extremely clever we decided to put him in a class where he was the oldest rather than the youngest because its a hard move for children and if they struggle as soon as they get here with schoolwork and friends then things can be very difficult, we let him cruise for the first two terms and then things will ramp up next year-worth considering, works for some not others....

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    Guest Rob and Clare

    Good Post, you seem to have settled very positively.

     

    I am amazed that so many of us steer away from the city (us included), when it seems to have the most to offer, I wonder if it's because living on the outskirts of a city in suburbia has been a lifestyle of choice in Britain and we can't change so easily. I must admit my first impressions of the main streets near the city were't great, but look to the side streets and it looks a different world with tree lined avenues and traditional solid brick houses.

     

    Keep on enjoying life. and have fun.

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    Guest Roo1

    Great post guys. Couldn't agree with you more about life in Adelaide. Its so nice to wake up knowing its going to be a glorious day. You can plan BBQ's for the weekend and know if the weather people say its going to be 28 degrees, you can bet on it that it will!!

     

    Judi xx

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    Hi Jo, Rich & boys

     

    Hope you are all well. I completely agree with your post. We have only 4 months inhand, everything is going well so far & its great to have 2 smiling boys rather than 2 miserable ones, they have a lot more freedom than they did in the UK, if they are happy then so are we.

     

    Congrats to Rich on getting another job offer, well done !!

     

    Angela, Ash & boys x

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    Guest muppetbro
    Hi Jo, Rich & boys

     

    its great to have 2 smiling boys rather than 2 miserable ones, they have a lot more freedom than they did in the UK, if they are happy then so are we.

     

    Angela, Ash & boys x

     

    are you being serious?

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    Hi Jo, Rich & boys

     

    Hope you are all well. I completely agree with your post. We have only 4 months inhand, everything is going well so far & its great to have 2 smiling boys rather than 2 miserable ones, they have a lot more freedom than they did in the UK, if they are happy then so are we.

     

    Congrats to Rich on getting another job offer, well done !!

     

    Angela, Ash & boys x

     

    Angela, Ash and boys

     

    Well i for one am pleased to read how well things are going for you. Hope we settle as well as you guys appear to have done

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    Hi guys,

     

    That was an excellent post, so glad to hear everything is going well for you in all aspects of your move.

     

    Sounds like you definately are living the dream. I totally agree with you as far as schools are concerned, that is the most important area for us, as any decision we make is going to have an impact on our children, so we need to make sure it's the right one.

     

    Angela,

     

    Sounds as if the move for yourselves was the right one too, I can fully understand your comment on your kids smiling and happy, it makes all the difference!

     

    Best of luck to you all and hope your happiness continues (keep us all in touch with what is happening cos it's great reading all about it!)

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    Guest graandjac

    ;)Hi Joanne & Richard , glad to hear all is still ok, when we visited on our reccie you were loving every moment , sounds great for the kids , which i guess is the biggest reason for moving from the uk, looking forward to catching up with you when we arrive.

     

    Cheers Graham & Jacqui

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    Guest graandjac

    :confused:

    are you being serious?

     

    Judging by the lack of knife weilding hoodies on the streets of Adelaide (only our reccie findings of course) i would guess the Angela ment what she said, other wise she would never of said it.....!!!!!!! i guess, Cheers Graham;)

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