Hi Gypsy (great name by the way!), I know what you mean about people not understanding the desire to return to the UK.
On paper our lives in Australia are idyllic- nice house, easy walk to work for my husband, great schools and daycares near by. I cycle in the park most mornings and have lots of lovely friends. I am bored though but am not sure if that's with Australia or with life in general.
My husband is struggling to have the same enthusiasm that he once had for his business. After ten years of really slogging out his guts, I think he's ready for a change. He can't sell the business so there's no money to be had there but he thinks he could get a good job in London in his area if we move relatively soon as he's worried that his age will become an increasing disadvantage.
I wish I was one of those 'oh what the hell' kind of people but I tend to over think everything! I guess I'm interested in finding out what happens for people who were in Oz for a long period of time and then moved back to UK. Did it work? Did you end up with a good group of friends? Were your children happy?
If I'm honest, I'm also concerned because if we moved back in eg July/Aug next year, both of my children would be in school in September (the youngest one would be nearly 5 then) and I just have images of dropping them off at the school gate then lumbering home and not talking to a soul all day. Am worried I will go quietly mad. I know making friends takes time but I'm worried about how I'll adapt to feeling alone because a) I'm new in the area and b) both my children will be at school whereas I've always had a child at home (apart from the 2days I work) for the last 7 years or so. Any other mums dealt with this?