Wow! The visa application forms are intricate! I had to sit with my previous passport and write down all the dates of arrival and departure in each and every country visited for the past ten years. I travelled Europe so it was a bit difficult. We are hoping to have our application and all supporting documents lodged for our Visa application by the end of October and then we believe we need to wait for 12 months before they process it. Such a long process. On the one hand, I wish we could just pack our bags and go yet on the other, I feel quite relieved that we have time to process the whole idea of leaving SA. Our house is sold and we move into a simplex on 1 Jan. Yesterday a couple phoned to say that they were very interested in taking our beautiful labradors. This, I think, is going to be the hardest part of all! My dogs are like my children and the thought of leaving them sends me into a steep decline! BUT, on the positive side, I discovered a great friend of mine is living in Perth so I'll have someone to latch on to! Will be relieved when we finally step foot on Aussie soil and we can make a life for ourselves. At the moment, everything is in limbo!