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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
One year in!
18 Jan 2010
Would you believe it, we have now been living in Australia for just over a year. How time flies. We are still going strong. Everything is good.

If I have to think about the negative side of living in Oz with a view to giving prospective visa applicants a bit of my insight, I would say the horrible danger of fire is the thing I like least about Australia. This is alien to me and there doesn't seem to be much anyone can do about it. The heat is also pretty hectic. We are having week after week after week of temperatures over 40 degrees. Thank goodness for aircon! I'm busy noting the names of nice, cool, wet parts of Australia for future reference. The cost of living is another thing that people should consider carefully before moving here. Life isn't cheap over here.

The worst thing about living in the outback is the lack of full medical services. It is a real pest having to travel hundreds of kilometres for simple services like a dentist or optometrist. It is not impossible to manage if your family's health issues aren't too big, but it is something to bear in mind if you are thinking about moving to a remote area.

Other than that, all is good. It is so great to sleep easy in your bed at night and all those sort of things South Africans would really appreciate.

I'm getting more involved with the community and my little jewellery business is beginning to show some returns. My jewellery is currently housed under glass in three cabinet sections in our local gallery and is actually selling. I've got a bee in my bonnet to learn some basic metalsmithing ... trust me, this is no mean feat when you have absolutely no prior knowledge of metalwork and have no one in real life to teach you a thing. However, I've managed to make a few pieces so far and it feels so good to have achieved this. My metalwork produced thus far isn't good enough to sell but I am getting there ... that is my goal. It will, however, no doubt maintain its 'rustic' look!
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