and loving it Its not better or worse. Its just us living our lives and being happy in them. Could do that just as easily in the UK but am very happy with where we are at the moment. We have built a good life for ourselves, made friends and feel settled.
We moved here in October 2013. Hubby is an Aussie so this move was returning home for him.
We moved from the Bristol area of England. Very happy there, settled and all fine. However, we wanted to give our son the chance to know Aus, his fathers home, the family and the life. So we decided to make the move.
Anyways, fast forward almost two years in Aus and we have bought a house, hubby has a good job he enjoys. Lovely area, right in the foothills and on the very edge of suburbia but still only a 30 minute drive into the city (not counting rush hour). Or the train is half an hour anytime.
We are all very happy, settled and content. Son loves his school, I do too. Think its a much better standard than his (Ofstead rated outstanding) primary in England. Its not just the education aspect but the bigger picture and I feel this is more complete for him here.
Work wise for me its hit and miss. I only work part time and am trying to increase this but its hard going on occasion and honestly, as I don't want full time work its probably not helping me when trying to find something a bit more meaningful. Still, I've a mad huge garden to keep on top of, a family to look after and other things to do so I'm not sat at home all day twiddling my thumbs or feeling down about things. It is what it is, I work where possible and am constantly keeping my ear open for something more.
I have a few niggles about the usual. Supermarket shopping is a bit rubbish. Its more like it was a number of years ago in the UK but is slowly changing. However the longer I am here the more I wonder if that is such a good thing?
The fuel price cycle, lack of decent online shopping options, car parks being harder to navigate than the roads .
Sausages. The supermarket packs are just about ok for a BBQ in a slice of bread but otherwise Still can find some decent alternatives shopping elsewhere. Bacon. O dear. Just O dear.
Flies. The Aussie salute is often used for these. Swooping magpies, more annoying if you are my husband than me. Coping well with the spiders
Not liking much of the Aussie politics but am not able to vote yet so tend to keep that lid on.
Having to watch events in my home country from afar again. Its hard as I no longer live there but of course see the tragic events happening elsewhere and like many feel frustrated by the lack of action, the choices made or the dragging of heels by the Gov. That its not my home anymore I am fine with, but its hard to let go after years of being submerged in it all. I read the news, like to keep up on events, not just there but globally. I don't feel any great attachment or anything for the country, but the political system is one I understand (and often might not agree with) so its good to follow and feel at least a little more in the loop while I don't have a voting voice here.
I've grown to love the Aussie birdlife around us. Noisy as many of them are, they are stunning and I love seeing and hearing them. Although a flock of 1000's of sulphur cresteds is not a welcome sight in the air nearby. They don't often make it to us. Also loving discovering the Aussie nature and wildlife, having seen wild echidnas, roos, koalas, possums, emus and more.
I love the gum trees. Walking in a forest of them is incredible.
The stunning gulf Adelaide is on and the amazing coastline. I don't want to live anywhere near it but love to visit it as and when and to see it stretching out for miles.
Really like Adelaide CBD. Small and compact with some lovely cafes, bars and other things to discover. Also good theatre though perhaps not as many international acts as you would like. Same for music and gigs.
I like we spend more time outdoors doing things we enjoy without the colder damper darker months being so long and such an issue when you have a child in tow. Sure we could put on waterproofs and wrap up but honestly, doing that every weekend for weeks on end, nah, over that. I spent many years living rural on a farm and know how to cope with crap weather. But city or town living in crappy winter weather is something else and I never liked it. Dismal stuff.
Anyways, this is just my little update on how things are going :)