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!