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Plot of land secured04 Aug 2010
Permanent visa granted04 Aug 2010
update28 Jun 2010
Learnig to surf18 Jan 2010
Permanent residency17 Dec 2009
nearly our 1 year anniversary!06 Dec 2009
8 months already!11 Sep 2009
Making friends29 Jul 2009
Georgia starts school29 Jul 2009
6 months in25 Jul 2009
Rottnest19 Jul 2009
5 months in09 Jun 2009
Long term planning15 May 2009
4 months in10 May 2009
3 Months in13 Apr 2009
Feeling homesick26 Mar 2009
2 months in09 Mar 2009
Shipment arrives16 Feb 2009
Things to do08 Feb 2009
Harry starts school06 Feb 2009
David has a job!06 Feb 2009
One month in03 Feb 2009
Moved into rental02 Feb 2009
Useful info23 Jan 2009
Rental23 Jan 2009
2 weeks in21 Jan 2009
Bad news re job15 Jan 2009
1 week in10 Jan 2009
A bad day09 Jan 2009
Last day in UK06 Jan 2009
3 days in06 Jan 2009
Singapore05 Jan 2009
1 Week to go24 Dec 2008
Removals Companies18 Dec 2008
2 Weeks to go18 Dec 2008
Last week at work15 Dec 2008
3 weeks to go11 Dec 2008
To Rent?08 Dec 2008
Mixed feelings08 Dec 2008
Odds and ends04 Dec 2008
Flights26 Nov 2008
Holiday House26 Nov 2008
Visa information22 Nov 2008
Exchanging money05 Nov 2008
Registration with NBWA05 Nov 2008
Medicals/Police checks24 Oct 2008
Fed up!17 Oct 2008
Job offer07 Oct 2008
My graduation14 Sep 2008
My graduation ball03 Aug 2008
Interviews01 Aug 2008
This house selling lark01 Aug 2008
Bad news re:house29 Jul 2008
I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!10 Jun 2008
SOLD!... (STC!)09 Jun 2008
A chilled weekend02 Jun 2008
Change of plans - January 200930 May 2008
One small step30 Apr 2008
Rainy old day 28 Mar 2008
This is us!23 Mar 2008
2 months in
09 Mar 2009
It seems like so long ago when we left the Uk on a cold December morning! Been here 2 months now and its begining to sink in that this isnt a holiday and that we are staying here! Harry has settled so well in his school and really enjoys his after school club as it gives him a chance to play with kids as thye dont seem to play out in the street here like in the UK (We lived at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac so he was out playing all the time!)Still feel abit guilty about him having to go but he does enjoy it so i, ll have to get over it! Hes taken up fishing and wants to go all the time! Not too keen on the football they do here though and havent got him into a club yet (watch this space for the next Rooney!!)but he still enjoys practising his skills with his dad so he,s happy! He likes it here alot and is talking less about his old friends ,although he misses his siters and grandparents still. Davids job is going well, although he has his work cut out trying to get people that have been unemployed for more than a year a job!! He likes it here but think he would go home still, he does miss his parents and feels guilty that they dont see harry. And he misses the girls alot too. Hes already picked up his first speeding ticket within the first month, and sods law, it was on the weekend when it was double points so he was in the dog house for a few days! I ve started work at SCGH, this will be my third week but am changing sponsors to work at the Health Campus in Joondalup as its a lot closer to where we are living so i will cut down on travel time alot. It was scary starting work but most of the staff are helpful and keen to teach. I only had 3/4 patients while i was supernumeray and will probably have 2 this week as im on my own! so compared to my 9 or 11 or even 13 when short of staff in the UK, its slightly easier!!! We are liking living in Woodvale, the only thing i dont like is that we are close to Whitfords Avenue and the freeway which can be noisey. There seems to be alot more 'boy racers' here and some of the driving is scary!! We drove up to Lancelin last weekend and i never want to go on that road again!! Having a pool has been a bit of a let down, we only have a smallish one and its costing us a fortune to keep it clean as we have lots of trees in the garden and have been advised to keep the cover off. So we are fighting a losing battle with it. To be honest, we would rather go to the beach anyway but harry enjoys having a dip and the girls are looking forward to it when they come out! Food shopping is slightly more expensive here on the whole, we shop at IGA and Farmer Jacks. Meat is alot cheaper and we live on steaks which are so much more tastier here! We,re enjoying our BBQ and eating outside, which we loved doing in the UK when the weather let us! We shop around for our alcohol and get the bargains! Take away food is cheaper here, we can get a meal deal from Pizza Hut for the same price for 1 pizza back in the UK! We havient had any utility bills yet so cant comment on the cost of living on the whole, but we seem to have at least 3 times as much disposable income than we did in the UK. I am surprised at the amount of swearing there is here (although i am a culprit of it myself!) and i laugh at some of the adverts and the laid back attitude there seems to be here, but i love it!!
Moving onto the girls, well i have booked flights for the eldest and the youngest for July, they are coming for 2 months and the eldest has her boyfriend coming for the 2nd month. The middle one wants to come out for 4 weeks at christmas time instead and says she wants to come and live here when she finishes college next year. The youngest says she wants to live here with us, so we are trying to get that sorted so she can stay here when she comes out. But am having problems with her father.....
I miss them terribly as you can imagine ,but i respect their choices for not coming and I hope and pray that one day we will all be reunited and live again as a family like we should be. I like it here alot and would hate to leave here and have to go back to the UK to live but i never say never.
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