McFamily's BLOG

Recent TopicsUpdated
PR granted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!25 Mar 2010
One year in!18 Jan 2010
English language requirement21 Jul 2009
Permanent residence01 Jul 2009
Nomadic merchants 22 Jun 2009
Driver's Licence19 Jun 2009
A quick hello!18 Jun 2009
Immigration Intake Cut16 Mar 2009
Medical treatment11 Mar 2009
Rain - lots of it!01 Mar 2009
Bad news from South Africa01 Mar 2009
Seafreight delivered26 Feb 2009
Babies25 Feb 2009
Housepicking23 Feb 2009
Crazy Cat Laws23 Feb 2009
A 'funeral' outback style19 Feb 2009
Homebased business in Oz17 Feb 2009
Organic & free range products13 Feb 2009
Vaccinations11 Feb 2009
One month in11 Feb 2009
Aircon and electricity09 Feb 2009
A nation in shock and mourning09 Feb 2009
The movers 31 Jan 2009
Australia Day27 Jan 2009
Cyclone!26 Jan 2009
My First South African25 Jan 2009
Heat25 Jan 2009
4x423 Jan 2009
New goal & mobile phone23 Jan 2009
FIFO22 Jan 2009
The gardeners22 Jan 2009
My email address21 Jan 2009
Angels of Mercy21 Jan 2009
We are in!21 Jan 2009
Temporary Accommodation06 Jan 2009
Moving abroad and the taxman06 Jan 2009
One week to go!03 Jan 2009
Preparing for the outback02 Jan 2009
Countdown01 Jan 2009
Emigration ain't for sissies24 Dec 2008
The indigenous issue18 Dec 2008
Excitement and panic14 Dec 2008
Unabridged birth certificates14 Dec 2008
Sorting out stuff08 Dec 2008
Bookings06 Dec 2008
Visa Application06 Dec 2008
Preparing to depart02 Dec 2008
South African bank's advice28 Nov 2008
Bitter-sweet25 Nov 2008
Being South African ...25 Nov 2008
Losing my Religion22 Nov 2008
Ouch21 Nov 2008
Emigration Wave20 Nov 2008
Taking a container or not18 Nov 2008
So much stuff!15 Nov 2008
Health Examinations12 Nov 2008
Crikey ... another medical!11 Nov 2008
Australian Bureau of Stats07 Nov 2008
The relocation team04 Nov 2008
Job offer30 Oct 2008
The LSD20 Oct 2008
Prams and baby car seats13 Oct 2008
Infant formula & pearls11 Oct 2008
Infant formula10 Oct 2008
Sabona! Site for S. Africans!10 Oct 2008
Skills assessment08 Oct 2008
Homework06 Oct 2008
The beginning of our quest04 Oct 2008
25 Feb 2009
It didn't take much for me to become an avid eBay buyer since arriving here. Loving receiving parcels in the mail tied with the very valid excuse of living in a remote area was all that it took. I received baby's UV stroller bugscreen yesterday much to my delight. I never even knew these things existed before I arrived in Oz! They soon become very apparent as most moms cover their babies with these when taking them for a walk. I simply cannot abide flies buzzing around baby so a bugscreen is an essential for me. They only sell ordinary bugscreens in town here so I hit eBay in search of a UV one. I bought an Outlook Shade-a-Babe universal pram cover and it fits baby's large Graco stroller with a canopy very well. Looks rather formidable for a stroller! I'd been using baby's campcot mozzie net as a temporary stroller bugscreen up until now but now that we'll be walking greater distances, I need the UV protection too and I think I did get one or two funny looks in town as the mozzie net looked different to everyone else's (kind of bridal!) but I don't care about funny looks ... keeping baby fly-free is all that counts. Baby has become quite adept at shooing flies and has developed a cute little wave. She thinks it is very funny when I make a fuss when I'm under attack.

Speaking of which ... hubby and I broke down and bought ourselves insect headnets. These bizarre items of clothing are placed over either your hat or bare head and protect your face from those pesky flies who seem to love to go for your eyes, nose and mouth. Very, very, very irritating. The shop assistant seemed to think that just because they are black, they are ok and much better than khaki coloured ones (which they don't stock). I think they make me look very weird, like I'm going to a funeral with a black net over my straw net. Once again, you just have to get over this or put up with the flies ... simple as that. The gardeners wear these nets and you don't think it is odd so the same should go for everyone else.

Ah ha ... my princess has just woken up so now we can get going and go do some hard labour at the new house.
19 Feb 2009
Even before I arrived here, I was very curious about how the births of babies are handled here ... partly because a small part of me would like to have another child. It is pretty much now or never for me to embark on that journey. I've asked around and this is what I have learnt: babies are either born in Perth or Port Hedland. The expectant mom leaves for either of these destinations well in advance of the anticipated birth (4 or 5 weeks). Mine-related moms take up residence is special confinement houses in these cities. Husbands join their wives in these houses 2 weeks before the anticipated birth. Apparently hospitals have special facilities for non-mine country patients. And then nature takes it course. It sounds a pretty daunting prospect to me having to leave home so far in advance of the birth but better than leaving it too late.
1 comments  Show / Hide