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    English Food Poms miss

    My sister was asking me; "if i had to pick 5 food items that i really miss from the UK what would it be?" I had to pick things that she could post out to me. this was great as i didn’t find it hard to come up with a list so hopefully they are on their way to me as we speak! mushy peas (quick soak dried peas) to have with my fish and chips! UK Cadbury chocolate bars Walkers Quavers crisps Blue Ribands walkers cheese and onion crisps If anyone else here in Australia is missing the Uk food - what would be your top 5? I love Australian food and the lifestyle no question about the quality of life and food here. I simply want a few of my favoutite foods that i have grown up with.... AND - does anyone know if they can get the mushy peas here in the Melbourne are (not the tin variety :biggrin:)
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    Waterways in Melbourne

    I have lived in waterways with my hubby and 3 kids since we moved to Australia in May 2010. It is VERY quite, I have only seen my next door neighbour twice in two years and I couldnt tell you anyone's names but the houses are lovely and the kids can ride around on bikes or skateboards as there are hardly any cars and it is quiet. the only downside is that there is not a lot of public transport here so we have to taxi the kids around (mums taxi). we have one bus on the estate an hour but luckily the end of the route is 1 minute from our front door. Although it is a bit secluded, the kids said they wouldn't want to move, they are 17, 15 and 12 and i think they like the fact that the roads are very quiet and can go out and about easily on bikes.
  3. I live in Waterways which is 5 mins from Mordialloc, I have also been looking at chelsea heights and aspendale gardens, they are both easy to get to the train station and I have friends living there. it is almost half the price of my rent in Waterways and my kids have a lot of schoold friends that live there www.realestate.com.au is a good place to look for prices etc
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    Scouse in the house

    We are from Runcorn which is 'almost' scouse :biggrin: we have been here for 2 years next week and have a few scouse friends
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    Melbourne Employment market 2012

    Sorry SRP I didn't realize :-(
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    Melbourne Employment market 2012

    Hi, I work on St Kilda Road which is close to the CBD, we have our own support desk for our products and I would be happy to forward your CV to our HR team. If you can private message me what kind of support / system you have experience with and I will let them know. Please Pm me for my email address. I've been here with my family for almost 2 years and we love it :-)
  7. I bought my first Entertainment book when i arrived 2 years ago and it was that good, i now sell them. All profit goes to charity and there are over $17,000 of savings in the book from hotels to McDonalds. You can order online and they get delivered; https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/1952q13
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    Mordialloc.... Seems to be very nice

    Hi Tony, We moved here in May 2010, we wanted a house in Mordialloc but there wasn’t any available so we managed to get one in Waterways which is 5 minutes away. my 3 kids love it and go to school in mordialloc. would definitely recommend it. We got our house from www.realestate.com.au website. I also work in the City and it is an easy commute good luck!
  9. I am Australian and my Hubby and Kids were born in the UK. although we have been together for almost 20 years, he needed a spouse visa. i think you need to prove you have been together for 2 years or more, you need to say how you met, get people you know that are australian to write to say you have been togfether, have photo's to prove it as well. we applied whilst in australia as i had a dealine to start my new job here when I moved from the UK. as soon as you apply, they put you on a bridging visa. whilst on this you cannot work or leave the country. within a few months, if there are no issues and you have completed the forms the permanent visa is granted. I completed all forms myself without the use of an agent and i had no issues. it was very easy Hope this helps
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    Best areas for first time snorkelling family

    Thanks for this Bobj, i'll take a look!
  11. We went on a family cruise to the South Pacific this year (Me, hubby and 3 boys 16, 14, 12). We really loved our first time snorkelling and decided that we would make sure our next holiday involved the snorkeling. We are after advise on any nice areas that we can go snorkelling without organised trips and that is safe for first timers with Kids. Any advise on locations and or hotels would be greatly appreciated as we have only been in Australia for 18 months, we haven't been able to get any recomendations
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    Best areas for first time snorkelling family

    Thanks for the response, i'll take a look online!
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    English Food Poms miss

    I agree with the first choice as they are so nice but have not got a clue what the others are is number 4 an ale or something? :laugh:
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    English Food Poms miss

    they still have the sweets but have re-named then opral fruits are now called fruit bursts but spangles are still around :-)
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    English Food Poms miss

    :biggrin: we moved her in May 2010 and we have not gone back for a visit, i dont want to go back so i am putting off my visit as long as possable. i am lucky that I was born here and moved to the UK when i was 5 do i didnt need visa'a or anything
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    English Food Poms miss

    I know what you mean, i dont want to go back. I prefer eveything here but do miss the mushy peas with the 'flake and hot chips'
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    English Food Poms miss

    I do love the selection in coles but they dont sell 'make your own' mushy peas. they only sell the tinned ones :-) there is a shop in Melbourne CBD called 'treats from home' that sells monster munch and other items but be wary of the 'best before' dates!
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    English Food Poms miss

    would love the recipe for the pudding :biggrin:
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    I was looking to buy in Sandhurst and the prices where really reasonable. we currrently live in Waterways near Mordialloc which is a lot more expensive to buy. thsi is why we wanted to move to sandhurst. I agree, Carrum and Patterson lakes are lovely and a lot cheaper
  20. I live in Waterways which is just outside Mordialloc. we moved here from the UK in May 2010. It is a lovely area and easy to commute to St Kilda - City. I have heard a lot of bad reports about living in Frankston and I really don’t like it there but again, that’s my personal opinion and others will no doubt disagree. I have 3 kids aged 16, 14 and 12 and they go to Mordialloc college and Mordialloc beach Primary, Both lovely friendly schools. any suburb around Mordialloc is lovely Hope that helps! :biggrin:
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    English Hairdressers??

    if anyone is moving near waterways 3195, and is a hairdresser, let me know :-)
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    English Hairdressers??

    I was born in Australia and my OH came over on a tourist visa and applied for the spouse visa when he arrived. he was put on a bridging visa whilst is permanent one was being processed. as soon as the documentation was received, his visa was issued immediately. the kids didnt need visa's as they were given citizenship by decent as i was australian :-) good luck
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    Bentleigh East???

    I moved to Australia 12 months ago and my company put us in an apartment in Bentleigh East. it is really nice but very expensive as it is one of the most sort after areas. there are a lot of suburbs around here that are easy to commute from. have a look at cheltenham which was suggested or even further down to edithvale and chelsea which is only about 10 / 15 mins away all nice areas :biggrin:
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    Anyone live in Waterways?

    My Hubby and i (both 35) moved to Waterways with our 3 kids aged 15, 13 and 11 in May 2010 and have yet to meet anyone from our estate / suburb. We hardly see any neighbours and I am told there are a lot of English people that live here. Anyone on here that lives in Waterways that wants to meet up for drinks / socialising?
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    Looking for people in melbourne...

    I think we all have the same idea... i have been here with my hubby (both 35) and kids since May and we have found it hard to meet new peopel also. woudl love to meet up :-)