Guest m.and.m

18 months and still on the rollercoaster

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    just thought we would give a quick update on the last 18months since we arrived, where to begin pro's and cons we have met some lovely people who have generaly been English, Scottish or Welsh very few Aussies appart from work collegues, this has not been a deliberate thing but i suppose we have things in common with people from th UK, are new found scouse friends have been a god send as has the Kentish maid.

     

    Housing has been an issue much to do with the exchange rates so having to rent as we are not prepared to sell in the UK yet, we have had 3 landlords firstly Tamara in Christies beach we were their for the first month which was absolutley fine, then we moved to Moana with landlords who we thought were brilliant we socialised together, babysat for them etc they could not have been more helpful, really thought we had fallen on our feet until that fateful day at McClaren Vale on yet another social occassion when it all went mad, i think the moral of this story is beware of who you trust as it takes time to get to know people!!!!!!! our 3rd landlord has been great but we have been much more careful about mixing buisness with pleasure.

     

    I have had no issues finding work and i have had a couple of promotions since starting work which has been very good for my career as a nurse, our daughter has also done very well since she arrived a totally different person who left the UK she is 20 and has had a ball since she arrived she has made some wonderfull new friends and completely changed her life, our son is 22 and is looking to go into the mines very soon which will be good for him.

    We have totaly embraced the Adelaide lifestyle love the cafe culture, and enjoying exploring the area, especially the beaches, quite supprised at the cost of living we still convert back into pounds however this is getting less frequent now, the weather is just wonderful both winter and summer, still struggle with the aussie drivers they are lovely people but put them behind the wheel of a car and they think they are lewis hamilton, I have never seen so many rear end shunts!!!!

     

    If any newbies read this a word of warning where ever you rent a house make sure you have heating and aircon because you will need it don't be lulled into a false sense of security it might be hot now hence the need for aircon but in the winter you will need heating this is mainly due to the way the houses are built they have no insulation at all so they do get cold in the winter hence the heating.

    we remain on the rollercoaster but as a whole we have few regrets about the decision we made to emigrate it has been the hardest thing we have ever done we miss family and friends more than we could have imagined but everyone we speak to feels the same we look forward to the visits from home so far we have had the inlaws over and that was great.

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    [quote name=m.and.m;216607really thought we had fallen on our feet until that fateful day at McClaren Vale on yet another social occassion when it all went mad' date=' i think the moral of this story is beware of who you trust as it takes time to get to know people!!!!!!! our 3rd landlord has been great but we have been much more careful about mixing buisness with pleasure.

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    Hi Maria

     

    Totally agree with you - We have been here nearly 5 years ago and many of the people we first met turned out not to be what we thought -its a bit of a rude awakening when it first happens - but hey ho, life goes on and you realise that it takes time to make real friends - its generally people who have something really in common with, rather than just being in the same boat in terms of migrating.

     

    It sounds like your children are happy here - which is a big hurdle, so thats good - just need to concentrate on yourselves now lol. We have our inlaws arriving this weekend and we are all so excited - my girls especially. It does mean that the time we do have with loved ones - are special.

     

     

    I might be wrong, but I think I may have had a coffee with you when you first arrived in Moana - at BBs....with a certain person. Anyway, I hope you continue the Adelaide lifestyle - I for one, think we are such lucky bunnies!

     

     

     

     

    Sarahx

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    Hi Sarah

     

    Yes we did have a cuppa together with a certain person......how are you and your family, have you settled into the new house, if you fancy another cuppa when the inlaws go back just PM me and we could meet up for a good old chat, we are going on holiday until the end of Feb so after that would be great

     

    Maria

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    m and m wat a lovely post,did my heart good to read it...been here 3 and a half mths now from Ireland, i know its early days and i am loving the lifestyle,great for our 4 yr old daughter who just embraced it,my son who is 23 is taking a bit longer to settle...misses mates back home and still lookin for work :-(...we too have met some nice ppl who also happen to be irish like us again not intentional but thats jus de way it is,my 2 neighbours who are aussies are fabulous too,one of them brought us a huge hamper at christmas wit everything in it,i was shocked and delighted so nice of them,other neighbour has kids and they jus luv my 4 yr old and she spends every day that we r home swimming in their pool....hubby is workin and luvs it too...me well im finding it hard...basket case most days lol...miss my sister so much and my friends...my sis and bro cant afford to visit me so i worry about wen i will see them and their kids again and will they forget me??...we skype every weekend but its not de same :-( christmas was hard and i was so sad...but today is a good day and i pick myself up and think i done this for my kids to give them a better life!! I miss Ireland so much but ya never know maybe some day ill go home again...looking forward to australia day now :-)..

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    Hi

     

    Lovely to read your story. Sounds like it has been quite eventful! Glad your children are settled and have their own lives. I suppose that is what I am worried about as mine are still adjusting.

     

    Sarah

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    Hi Sarah

     

    Yes we did have a cuppa together with a certain person......how are you and your family, have you settled into the new house, if you fancy another cuppa when the inlaws go back just PM me and we could meet up for a good old chat, we are going on holiday until the end of Feb so after that would be great

     

    Maria

     

     

    Hi Maria,

     

    Sounds like a plan - see you in March - have a great holiday!

     

     

    Yep, we've all settled in lovely thanks - love living in Moana!

     

     

     

     

    Sarahx

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