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Phoenix16 last won the day on March 20 2018

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  1. Phoenix16

    Swimming pool - asset or liability?

    I will say moving to Australia in the way we did, incredibly quickly due to hubby bring headhunted, I was like YES a pool! It was literally the number 1 request we made to our relocation agents, but it was Feb in UK and it was still snowing, so a pool sounded bloody amazing!! So we did get the pool, I think ‘pool’ clouded all other reasonable judgement on our house viewings! Firstly, we landed in June, I thought woo hoo a hot summer, yes I admit, although quite intelligent I actually thought summer was the same in OZ as UK, I’m embarrassed to admit in my excitement to move I knew no different!! I was walking around Freo in shorts (it was 20 degrees ok) walking past people in balaclavas, that really was my first impression of Freo, like Balaclavas?? But I digress, so we had the tiniest of pools, it was literally a sunken hot tub, but we were on the beach, the view, the walk, it didn’t matter. We then bought our first house, again a pool was top of the list. We actually bought a very small house with a very (and I do mean very very) large pool, the pool was bigger than the footage of the house. We loved that pool Andrew we loved that house, we debated increasing the house size, we got quotes (500K plus), we would have broken the ceiling for the area, it wasn’t worth it we walked away, BUT, I swam in that pool every single day of my life living there, I loved it. SOOO, we moved, to basically a McMansion type house, with a little pool, a dark blue pool (I love the light, bright blue pools!), it’s lovely, it’s there, my daughter and her friends love it, it’s a pool, we have one, OK, whatever, I think I swim in it once or twice a year when the weather gets so unbearable but maybe that’s too generous, I don’t swim, I just dunk, for a few minutes and that’s literally it.
  2. Is that a solar powered TV? PS yes, that campsite was over 1000km from Perth, there was no access to any power or phone signals, we were 100km from any help/resources whatsoever (Exmouth being the nearest town), it was simply amazing, you would love it as a camper. PS lovely brand new toilets, I’m a long drop phobic but these were pretty modern long drops that even I could tolerate!!!!!
  3. Is that a solar powered TV? Yep, every single appliance is solar powered, solar panels on top of the trailer, 1500w inverter, I can even use my hair dryer and straighteners (hubby goes mad as he says they ‘pull’ so much power’ but that’s the compromise of bush camping for me ), the solar power runs everything and it’s never ever let us down even in winter, it runs 2 fridges and a freezer, lights, we always have heaps of appliances charging, hot water, we’ve taken the slow cooker with us, microwave oven, bamix hand blender, it will run anything under 1500w, we’ve just camped for 7 days unpowered and the solar maintained full power (ampage hubby refers to) at all times. Even in winter, a glimmer of sun just tops it up continually. Hope this helps, hubby is the expert but we are massive campers, feel free to PM me any questions at all xx
  4. I agree, I see heaps of vans parked up in similar areas around Freo area near to facilities and it’s often backpackers doing the tour, I’ve never seen any trouble or issues and everyone tends to turn a blind eye. But, I can honestly say that when you travel outside of the metro the rangers are pretty vigilant, I’ve seen camper vans parked up in lay-bys on long lonely stretches of roads and in such instances it’s safety, taking a rest after many hours of travel before they continue on and that seems to be acceptable (rightly so) but then I’ve seen very extensive camp set ups hidden behind sand dunes in the most remote and stunning places that clearly look like its not just for the night, not saying I don’t agree with it, in fact pretty envious, some stunning locations and some well maintained camps but trust me, the rangers will find them! We’ve 4WDriven to some pretty remote beaches only to see the ranger driving past, particularly evening time when they know camps will start to be set up!! Don’t know if you’re familiar with Wedge Island? Would love your views if you are, it’s an absolutely stunningly place to visit, the beach is just incredible in the summer months, but there is a big shack community there who are very protective of their area, I can understand as it has attracted hoons in the past, but as a regular, peaceful family with kids and a few labradors, I have never been so intimidated as my last day trip with ‘locals’ driving past constantly and giving the hard stare, it’s time Wedge was bulldozed and made available to everyone in my opinion.
  5. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    Think I might have to look out for that one xx
  6. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    I read a biography about her a few years ago and I think it was the one by Peter Fitzsimmons, it was a fantastic read and I agree, such an amazing lady. I gave it to a friend to read but wish I still had it so I could read it again.
  7. Phoenix16

    Calling All MAC Experts!!

    So, my iMac has been showing signs that all is not well for a while, I would say it’s around 5 years old, generally used for just internet browsing and managing the iTunes account which tends to dominate our viewing (everything I download I drop into iTunes as the easiest way to watch via Apple TV). So recently the ‘black’ screen of death, won’t restart etc. I was pretty panicked, managed to set it back up in safe mode and do a time machine back up (another fault of mine, never ever backed it up, I know, massive slap on the hand). Basically the machine is now in safe mode, it has been for weeks and I even turned off screen saver and sleep mode so the machine is constantly on 24/7 (yes I did get a warning this will deteriorate the life of the screen, but didn’t know what else to do). So now I’m in limbo, daren’t turn it off but safe mode means so little functionality..., I’ve checked tonight, time machine is still backing up, I’ve managed to format a hard drive on the Mac Pro that the iMac is now recognising and I’ve shoved heaps of files and data onto it. Also, in disc utility it is suggesting the hard drive is damaged.... so, do I now unplug and take to the apple store? Have I done all I can? We’re off on hols so thinking we could miss it for a few days/week max!! Hubbys thinking we should just buy a new one, I’m not so sure, the biggie Mac from many years ago is daughters now, still working fine possibly 10 years old but it’s not networked to all our appliances and apple TV’s and I would not know where to start trying to do it and apple gets so confusing!! Final note to add, NO we are not in the cloud, it’s too confusing and we don’t even want to go there ha ha!!!
  8. Phoenix16

    Please delete - posted in error

    Should have just kept my mouth shut but when the lovely @BacktoDemocracy enquired as to my stress and anger I just couldn’t help myself!!! .....but hey, I thought despite everything we are all a supportive family on here and so what the heck xxxxx
  9. Phoenix16

    Please delete - posted in error

    Some lovely responses, some thought provoking responses, can not argue with any of them. We didn’t make a deliberate choice to send daughter to the school she is at, it was really very much circumstances at the time but now she is very very settled and I don’t want to upset that equilibrium. She was at a lovely local public school that I loved but there were quite a few kids in the class with special needs which I was completely ok with until she got whacked quite a few times and started to display distructive behaviours herself, I was called into school so many times and was even advised she see the school psychologist, at this point I was like NO, this has to change. It was 2 days before the end of term for pre primary, I rang the school she is now at, was offered a place and told the school on the last day she would not bebh coming back. I advised the new school of all of the issues and the recommendation to see the school Psychologist, they undertook to to have their psychologist assess her and monitored her ongoing, she has simply thrived, they could not find a single issue with her and regularly feed back to me what a thoughtful, kind and lovely girl she is. That is all I wanted, I hope she will academically thrive in her environment, she’s doing pretty well but Is still by no means as academically inclined and some of them, however, that was never my motive for sending her there, she is simply now a well adjusted girl who is loving and thriving in her environment and working hard, the school pushes and encourages excellence but in a nurturing way, she will achieve what she is capable of in a supportive nurting environment but she will become what she wants to be from her own inner self and aspirations not from being forced. I just wanted her to have the freeedom to be herself, it was a though call at the school she was at before despite the fact the school did everything they could but she was in a class of 30 with many different needs and little support to cope with this, she’s now in a class of 18 and doing amazing for herself. I did rant off because I do get pissed of with the Uber wealthy and competitive mums, (yes wealthy and competitive seems to be a package), I just need to learn to rise above it, and it can be a draw back for my daughter constantly being told by kids of said mothers how rich and amazing they are, but, she’s also got loads of normal friends and perhaps it bothers me more than her!!!!!
  10. Phoenix16

    Raised in Australia - Returning Resident Application

    Am patiently waiting for what I hope is a great outcome!! You do have a complicated timeline but you also seem to have pretty strong ties to Aus so fingers crossed for a wonderful result for you and a happy ending for us all here holding our breath with our fingers crossed for you xxxxx
  11. Phoenix16

    A 457 Story!!

    So I’m just sharing a personal experience of a friend, back history is that they came on a 457 visa in the full knowlede they could never move to PR, age being the biggest factor but also so many family ties to the UK,they didn’t really want to go PR, it really was (and still is) a massive adventure to make fabulous memories. However, this guy (my friend) was very much enticed over here because of his particular talents, he came over and worked hard on some pretty major projects, as his contract ended other companies snatched him up and took over his his 457, we would host Christmas and joke every year you’ll still be here next year! They still are by the way, the moral of the story is, he was working on a project that was critical, he worked 24/7 was promised so much TOIL in return, worked public holidays, weekends the lot but as he was salary the real returns for him were TOIL down the line. Overnight the company went bankrupt, he literally got a call to say ‘don’t come in tomorrow’. To cut along story short, he was snapped up literally within days and is still here on a 457 or whatever, it was 24 hours turnaround allocating it to his new employer, but.... whilst all of his work mates got paid out for their extra hours he was told that because he was on a 457, he wasn’t entitled to anything, all of the late nights and weekends he had worked for nothing in return for extra time off was worthless, simply because of his 457 status, as I said, all of his PR and citizen colleagues were paid out by the administrators. As it is he was snapped up by a competitor instantly and offered a higher salary, they are still living their dream/adventure in the full knowledge they will return to the UK at some point, he’s made enough to complete his full retirement plans (especially being able to collect all his super as he departs) and as I said loving every minute of his life in OZ. This is not the usual story of a 457 visa holder but I wanted to highlight how his status was very detrimental to him when the company went bust and how disadvantaged he was despite paying the same taxes as everyone else, for him it was a que sera sera moment in terms of his visa stability as his long term plans were to return to the UK but it could have been pretty devasting for others, myself included as our initial entry was via a 457 visa but many years ago under very different rules. I just wanted to share this for those who might find it useful.
  12. Phoenix16

    Please delete - posted in error

    Oh I was just so upset about my daughters school, a pretty expensive school, we are just the mere mortals making sacrifices to give her great opportunities but at the moment it’s seems that the Uber rich families rule the roost, just was a big rant and wondering whether we really are doing the right thing by her but I bottled it and deleted the post because I felt I revealed too much...
  13. Just feeling so bloody angry and stressed..
  14. Phoenix16

    I'm Addicted

    Chicken Jumpys , they remind me of a snack from oh so very long ago in the uk, bacon and bean piggies, puffed up potato type thing with a bacon and bean (Heinz of course) flavouring, many years ago I have to say but jumpys gave me that déjà Vu feeling!