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6 months
10 Apr 2009
It doesn't seem possible but we've been here for 6 months now.

We have found ourselves a wonderful, beautiful place to make our home. We have managed to find great jobs and are making some fabulous friends. The kids love school, are having tons of fun, working hard and playing hard. We are due to move into our own home later next week and out of the rented house we dislike so much, we will have more space and a pool all within a 5 minute drive of the Indian Ocean.

On paper it all sounds fab. But I cannot get over the pain we have caused to the people we've left behind. Strangely it's not my missing them that is my problem (I do miss them - but not that much!!!) but feeling so guilty over taking us and our children away from them and for denying our children their relationships with their grandparents & so on.

My Mum has been visiting for the last 6 weeks. I know she could see the attractions but that doesn't take away her pain. She left last night and the goodbyes at Perth airport were as painful and messy as they were 6 months ago.

If anything drives us back to the UK it will be this. There is nothing else we would return for, nothing else that we miss or we think is better there.

If you can come over here and get over the guilt then you are lucky. For me it just doesn't go away.
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