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  1. LKC

    Returning to UK

    I like the winter more since we moved back. I think I appreciate the big differences between the seasons a bit more. I live on the southern edge of the Scottish Highlands, and we had our first sight of snow on the hills by my house the other day. It's cold, but clear with blue skies and bright sunshine at the moment - my perfect kind of weather! I can get rugged up and go out in the day, and I can spend cosy evenings snuggled up on the sofa with the log burner going. I think winter is a time for cosying in, reflecting on the year that has passed, and looking forward to the new year ahead. It feels like the days are very short, and they will get shorter still, but it's actually only a few weeks until it switches over and will start to get lighter again.
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    Returning to UK

    We moved back just over two years ago, and I don't regret it for a second. It hasn't worked out as I thought it would (husband and I separated since we got back), but life is good and I wouldn't change anything!
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    We moved back to Scotland (which might be a bit different to England), but our youngest's birthday was right before the February cut off for school (which I think is end of August in England), and they allowed her to go into the year below. There were gaps in their knowledge (particularly in things like history - they'd done no Scottish history at all in Aus), but they were ahead in other areas, and they soon caught up. I wouldn't say it has affected their education at all.
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    3 months in the uk

    Would also second the advice to look north. We moved to Scotland, and I love it here!
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    One way travel insurance

    Email me Loads has changed since we last spoke!
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    One way travel insurance

    I think we used insure4less too.
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    Urgent Move Back to UK Likely

    We went to Sydney from Suffolk, but moved back to Scotland where we'd never lived before (ex was offered a job here). The kids and I have had absolutely no trouble making friends at all. Not sure about ex, I don't really have much to do with him now. Obviously it was easy for the kids at school, but I had to get out and about. I joined the school PTA (and am now treasurer) and the village hall committee (and am treasurer for that too - I retrained as a bookkeeper/tax agent since I got back, so it's not as weird as it sounds!), so I've made friends there, plus some at the school gates, and also have some great neighbours. I didn't say no to any offer of coffee or a drink, and just made sure that I got out and about and joined in. I found it quite difficult to make friends in Aus, despite trying the same things, but here I've found it easy. I've probably got better friends here than I've ever had, and I couldn't have got through my separation without them. My closest family is about a 4 hour drive away, and the rest are 6+ hours, so I have no family close either. My separation was on the cards long before we moved back to the UK. I'm just thankful that we were home before it actually happened. Life is much better now, the kids and I are happy and settled, and the future looks very rosy indeed
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    Urgent Move Back to UK Likely

    I don't have an awful lot of advice to offer, but we moved back two years ago yesterday, and it has by far been the best thing we've ever done! There is some uncertainty about the whole Brexit thing, but day to day so far it isn't really affecting our lives. Sadly my husband and I have parted ways since we moved back, but even though we moved to a different area of the UK than we were from, I have found it incredibly easy to build up a good network of friends, who have been absolutely my rock over the past year or so. Just a quick note on the passports - If you have Australian passports, you can travel on those (i.e. show them to the airline at check in), but you can enter the UK on expired British passports, because that is exactly what we did. Our children were 1 and 2 when they had their passport photos taken, and were 9 and 11 when we moved back, and aside from the passport control man making a joke about how they didn't look like their photos any more, the only other thing he said was 'Welcome home!'. There is no obligation to hold a passport, and the fact that you have one, expired or not, proves citizenship to enter.
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    Canberra to Sutherland Shire High Schools

    It might depend a little bit on what you can afford to pay for rent/mortgage. Houses towards the rivers/ocean are more expensive than those slightly more inland, and obviously you'd have to be in the catchment for the school so house/rent price would be a factor. I only have knowledge of Engadine High and Heathcote High, having lived in that area, and although Heathcote High was our catchment school (and not a bad school, by any means), we'd have made a placing request for Engadine. There is a selective school in Caringbah, but there are entrance exams for that.
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    Making friends in Sutherlandshire

    I'm no longer in Sutherland Shire (move back to Scotland a couple of years ago), but have a look at the Facebook group 'Everything Sutherland Shire', or maybe even try Meetup.com. You might find a social group or something like that on there. You could look out for sport groups and things like that, if that's your thing.
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    Some advice and perspective from you wise poms in oz please

    And the point of no return can be with respect to other things too. My husband and I separated just over a year after we moved back to the UK from Australia. I shudder to think what would have happened if we hadn't made the decision to move back at the time when we did. I'd have either been stuck in a very unhappy marriage in Australia (because I'm not sure I'd have had the confidence to tell him it was over without friends/family at reasonably close range), or we would have separated but I would have been unable to move back to the UK with the kids, either of which would have pretty much destroyed me.
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    Counting down!

    My ex had a job interview via Skype (or it might have been Facetime) before we came back. He was really lucky with his new employer - he was headhunted by them, and they did things like look around a rental on our behalf so that we could move straight into a rental (we had two kids and four cats so AirBnB would have been difficult). I agree with Marisawright that you could start to sort and pack now. I started ours about nine months before we actually moved. I used an app (I think it was called Sortly) to log an inventory of each box and stick a label with a QR code linked to the inventory, so I always knew exactly what was in each box. It was a great opportunity to get rid of some stuff.
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    Counting down!

    Hi Libbye, it's a spam post which will have been reported and removed I should think, if there are any moderators around. It happens from time to time, but they're usually removed pretty quickly.
  14. My husband and I separated about a year after we returned from nine years in Australia. That was about eight months ago, and things are good now. Please PM me if you want a friendly ear to talk to. We have kids too, but honestly they’ve been fine (and one has autism).
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    The Shires VS The Hills

    The Shire for sure. We lived in Woronora Heights (next suburb over to Engadine), and were very happy there for the most part. Kirrawee I would probably avoid (very busy with traffic), and Cronulla you might find a bit out of reach on your budget, but Engadine and around that area (Loftus, Heathcote, Woronora Heights) are all lovely. There is a sticky post that I wrote aboiut Sutherland Shire at the top of the NSW page. Feel free to ask if you have any questions - I've been back in the UK for a couple of years, but I still know quite a bit about the Sutherland Shire area.