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Footings & Slab Down12 Apr 2010
Land Bought -Secret Harbour01 Jan 2010
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One year In.05 Jul 2009
NRL - Perth14 Jun 2009
Yanchep28 Apr 2009
Hillary's /Sorrento16 Feb 2009
Liam Back To School03 Feb 2009
OZ Day- Poms v Aussies 26 Jan 2009
City Beach..11 Jan 2009
Perth Zoo06 Jan 2009
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Sci -Tech - West Perth29 Dec 2008
Perth Motorplex27 Dec 2008
X-Mas Eve- Kayaking !24 Dec 2008
Australia v South Africa20 Dec 2008
Australia v South Africa20 Dec 2008
Rockingham Festival15 Nov 2008
Red Bull Air Race - Saturday02 Nov 2008
Beautiful Cottesloe13 Oct 2008
1 st Golf Round in Australia.05 Oct 2008
Surfing Lessons & Kings Park30 Sep 2008
Liam's 6th Birthday18 Sep 2008
Kings Park25 Aug 2008
Picked Up New Car Today24 Aug 2008
First Bite !!19 Aug 2008
Port Kennedy Beach17 Aug 2008
Fremantle17 Aug 2008
Fantastic Day Today in W.A17 Aug 2008
Rugby League in W.A . 17 Aug 2008
Back 'home ' in Perth 12 Aug 2008
Wife Gets Peel Nursing job28 Jul 2008
Final Flight Back to Perth18 Jul 2008
Lonely in UK !07 Jul 2008
Perth Migration - Phase 101 Jul 2008
Sold one UK car- one left now27 Apr 2008
Perth Flights Booked !20 Apr 2008
7 Seas Packers Booked18 Apr 2008
Secret Harbour rental -June14 Apr 2008
NBWA Registered at last !!06 Apr 2008
NBWA Registration Snag ? 26 Mar 2008
House for sale24 Mar 2008
NBWA Registration 21 Mar 2008
One year In.
05 Jul 2009
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03 Jul 2009
Thanks for your comments/support everybody.

Ange- Wendy Singleton is on the Barker ward chuck.

02 Jul 2009
Well, it's one year since we arrived in Perth Australia , the time seems to have gone quickly. Much more I could write but suffice to say we haven't done too badly in year one, though we are a million miles from where we want to be in terms of progression.
We managed to establish ourselves early on arrival due to friends help, but they have now chosen to disappear.I thought you had to give this place at least two years to experience the highs and the lows and progress from the bottom again,I still thinks thats the case.The jury is still out asto whether we will be successful/happy here,would I do it again? I'm not sure,maybe theres something to be be said for family,friends and the comfort zone. So, the good and not so good -

Good - Hit the ground running on arrival with rental sewn up, Wendy offered a job on first interview and now recently promoted to clinical, nurse,our son's leisure activities have been enhanced,the weather, beaches and environment are great.Seems a better society to live in overall.

Not so good - Sold UK house at 19 %loss on original price,still stuck in the rental trap for now because of poor exchange rate, Liams education academically has gone backwards,plus he has no real friends as such.We have limited real friends, ex-pats and aussies are so fickle. Housing is way overpriced for what you get, food is expensive, difficult for me to find part time work with nursing roster, Secret Harbour is a nice suburb but a bit 'sleepy'. You can feel the aussies don't really like the poms.I miss my mates,socializing with my mates, having enough money in my pocket to really enjoy myself.
I will mention the Mandurah social group I attend weekly , they are genuinely friendly.

I think maybe we only try to remember the things we missed in UK, rather than all those reasons we left. Australia is not beaches/kangaroos/barbies/sydney opera house images, it's 80 % real life in another part of the world that happens to be a lot sunnier.
Off to Broome soon, so hopefully a tonic. I would like to see every major city in Australia in time.

Let's see what year 2 reports.. hopefully bigger steps forwards and a happier position !!
We came here mostly for a better long term future for our son,i just hope this is proven right in his later life.

Right now, i'm concerned iv'e thrown away his top OFSTED rated UK christian primary school.

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