12 Jul 2004 11:33 PM
Ross and I are back on line and have moved into our new place now. We both feel that things are really looking up for us both now, and can't wait for the weather to improve so that we can have our meals out on the balcony overlooking the river and marina. Ross is itching to try out the new bbq thats sitting out on the balcony but we'll wait until the weather warms up a bit and then crank it up!! We even had a call to say that our patio furniture is in, but we told them to hang on to it until the end of the month, as we wouldn't be using it for a little while, bit nippy!!
Only got just over 4 weeks to go until the bubs arrives. I was relieved when we were told at ante-natal that they won't let you go more than one week past your term. So our bubs is due on 12 Aug, so we know that we will have a bubs by 19th Aug latest. The nursery is all ready and waiting for the new arrival and i just have to work out how to use some of the new gear we have got - like the sterilizer and baby monitor etc.
For all you guys who are coming over and trying to work out what to bring etc, you may be interested to know that we plugged in our TV, set it to autotune and it works perfectly, sound and all - it is actually a NICAM set which some people said would not work at all?? We have also read that people have a problem with telephones from England. We had the digital cordless ones which allow multiple units to operate from one base station (BT) and again, they work perfectly. We just had to purchase a RJ11 phone cable which plugs into the phone and the other end into the Telstra wall socket and they ring and do everything they should. (RJ11 phone cables are available from anywhere here and probably in the Uk too) Its quite possible that these digital cordless phones are illegal in Australia, but the man from Telstra asked me if i'd ever seen any phone police?? and i haven't as yet intercepted any of the emergency services!! So i'd just urge people to bring everything as these sorts of electrical goods are really expensive here when your earning dollars!!
Anyway, hope to say hello to some of you guys at the next meetup. I'm not sure if the last one went ahead, but we were knee deep in boxes at the time, so just couldn't make it.
12 Jul 2004 11:50 PM
Welcome back!! I'm glad things are looking up and I hope the weather improves for you, even for a day, just to let you check your balcony view..
Good luck with the baby next month and thanks for the tips on the electricals. Will bear that in mind.
Quick couple of questions pls, how old is the tele(maybe newer tv has facilities for other country) and is there multi-national settings ie settings for all countries?
13 Jul 2004 10:10 AM
Our TV is about 18 months old i think. When we went to the programming menu it does have multi country programming but Australia was not on the country list so there were a few programming functions and the second one in the list was PAL-BG so we pressed start and it was all on!! I had seen postings on other websites where people said that NICAM TVs won't work at all. Ours is a NICAM and seems as happy as it did in the UK!!! Whatever the case, the worst that you may find is that you have to buy an Aussie VCR (to use for its TV tuner), but new these can be picked up for $159 for a real cheapie (new) and probably less in the Quokka (2nd hand). Still a lot cheaper than selling your electricals for next to nothing in the UK and having to purchase again here.
Anyway, the weather is mainly blue skies here today, so thats all good!!
13 Jul 2004 7:09 PM
This PAL-BG is the Australian Broadcast format. I will check my manual and see if I strike it lucky!!
Check this on the website below:-
Will take my electrical stuff, even if I don't have the preset format.
13 Jul 2004 9:32 PM
|Hi Leigh & Ross,
Glad to hear things are beginning to go your way now!
We arrived in Perth last Monday & haven't stopped running around doing paperwork. Hopefully things are settling down & we can now turn our attention to finding jobs!
Best wishes & good luck for your impending arrival!!
Karen & Iain.|
13 Jul 2004 11:33 PM
Glad that you're both OK and that after all the hassle of the pst few months the new place is perfect!
And how exciting - four weeks to go!! No-one can prepare you for the avalanche of feelings that will come with your 1st child, but trust me it's the most fantastic experience ever! To finally see the little person you already feel like you know so well si simply beyond words! Relish every moment and wallow in the smugness of being two very lucky parents!
Good luck and don't forget to tell Ross to post us ASAP after bubs arrives!
Love and hugs