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  1. fifi69

    This makes my heart sing

    Bring it on!!, I wonder now how I ever coped with the UK weather. Suppose that's why I moved. funny though I Didnt mind the -10 back in the winter of 2010. Love snow too. Just hated the general grey cloudy skies for most of the year and getting no proper summer. So nice, even in winter to wake up to blue skies here. I'm so going to enjoy the next few months:jiggy:
  2. Mega agree, bring as much outdoor furniture as you can. we brought a v cheap B&M outdoor lounge set. After a couple of years outdoors, not undercover in the UK, plus 4 years out in the full sun in Oz, it still looks the same, nothing special, but just the same as when we bought it. 18 months ago we bought a "specially made for Oz weather conditions " outdoor lounge set. Its always been under the roofed alfresco area, gets caught only when the sun is low, or going down, never full on heat. Its falling to bits, needs replacing!! Whenever I've been back to the UK and I go somewhere like a Dobbies garden centre and see the beautiful outdoor furniture, like nothing I can get here, I just want to get a container and bring a load back.
  3. Would have loved to have brought my duck down quilt but was told it wouldn't get thru customs. they don't have a tog system here, so putting two together is really the best you can do. and beware....we went from a double bed in the UK to a king size here. Its a great bed but v expensive to buy bedding for
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    My travel thread

    Aww...when you leaving?? You've had such an adventure, great memories I hope. Travel and experiencing new places is the best thing ever.
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    Collecting a dog from quarantine

    It will all depend on what price you can get the flights for and the weight of your dog. We had to do this 3 years ago with our two labs. First thing is to get quotes from the pet shippers, ie Jetpets, Dogtainers, etc. This will let you know what price you need to better, then head onto the websites to price up flights to Sydney and back. Only Quantas and Virgin will allow your dog on so the return flight will need to be with one of them but you could use one of the cheaper airlines, Jetstar, tiger to get to Sydney . your dog is calculated as luggage, so you only pay for anything over the luggage allowance. Our two combined weight came in over 80kg but it still worked v cheap. You would need to check if you can use the crate that they were in to get here, if not you can hire crates cheaply and the company will bring to the airport for you. You need to book your dog direct with the airline, no forms, just a phone call and you don't pay for the dog until you get to the airport, ie they weight them then tell you the exact amount, although you will already know roughly how much your dog weighs so will have a good idea. So in the end it all depends on what comes in cheaper and if you want the hassle free route and not have to fly over yourself. The other difference is if using a company then your pooch will fly on a cargo plane, obliviously if they fly with you then its on a passenger jet with you (still in the hold though)
  6. Weather forecasters said it would rain late evening, top temp of 21, which was close to the high of 2000:cool: Nah:mad: its been rubbish, raining, overcast and cold all day
  7. Went to the chest freezer in the utility room to get some sauusage rolls, that's the freezer that is mainly for party food, unexpected guests etc. must have had a few over shops in the past, because it was quite full of some lovely forgotten stuff lol. Mmmm feast:smile:
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    what are you doing right now?

    amazing!! This too is why we love Aus..remember why you came.. We love the outdoors and for us its about making the most of what nature and the weather has given us. Wishing you the best out outcome in your health struggles xx
  9. fifi69

    what are you doing right now?

    Hey thought I would pop in and say hi properly this time!! an unusual weekend day for me. I'm at home. Think that last happened a couple of years ago when we first moved to this house. Normally we are to be found out and about enjoying the delights of Perth and surrounds. OH and his mate are out in the garden doing manly things ie concreting foundations for gates. We had a pool put in the other week, so its all systems go in the back yard. been nice catching up on the threads, seeing what everyone is upto. Another exciting time for us coming up shortly is the chance to apply for Australian citizenship. Can't believe we've done 4 years, its been a friggen amazing time, loved it and know that there is plenty more good times to be had here in Perth
  10. Wishing you all the best for the move and your new life in Perth. I did send you a message via messenger, not sure if you got it?
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    Bad Losers

    Kev....could we persuade you to come out of retirement to run for the position of PM?
  12. The beach is lovely, so much space, as in all beaches here lol. The sea is beautiful and calm. We are v lucky to live here. No, not going to the meet, my Sundays are spent with family and close friends....
  13. its an amazing place, we love it down there, but don't have to worry about kids and live a bit more SOR than you, so its an easy day out for us, don't even have to worry about taking food, cos so many lovely eateries about. This morning OH just picked his brekkie up at the bakers in Dunsborugh, while I had a look round the market lol
  14. People that say all beaches are the same...no there not, especially in Perth. i don't like the choppy beaches anymore, and just stick to the sheltered bay ones now. You can see if there is any nasty jelly fish for one. In my area, I avoid Secret Harbour beach, great for the surfers though. I like Warnbro for the dogs, PK is good for the jet ski, Shoalwater is nice, but can be hectic with wind surfers. Today we had a lovely day out down in Dunsborough, stopped of for brekkie, a few farm type shops, a few hours at the v calm Eagle bay beach, a couple of stops at the local wineries there with a bite to eat. Then back home. every weekend is like a holiday living here:wink:
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    Holiday in Scotland - Where to go?

    With children your age, I would agree that aviemore would be a great base for at least three days, so much to do in that locality and a great place if your kids prefer wide open spaces, as opposed to larger built up cities. lots of other places I could recommend, but if your only in Scotland for a week then you don't want to spend it traveling. If you do go to aviemore, check out the Landmark centre in Carrbridge, a great tree top walk for the kids there, plus lots of other stuff.
  16. Oh wow, a new adventure for you. cant help with any of your questions, but just wanted to wish you good luck. My OH worked most of last winter in Sydney, so I would pop over to see him lol. I really liked the CBD and the other "tourist spots". Thought it was a v easy city to get about in. Found it on a par with or slightly cheaper to eat and drink than Perth. It was def colder than Perth!! Personally the suburb OH was working in was dire, it would make Rotherham look like paradise haha, and while sat on the train from the airport it was like that for the whole journey, but a different direction would bring nicer places. Stay clear of any Wests venues, like UK working men's clubs on steroids!!
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    what are you doing right now?

    Sorry for the above post, but just tried to post on another thread and it said I had to wait for mod approval!! Just wanted to check !! must be because its a mods post and he may be a bit butthurt......but so would I be if I spent $13,000 on a settee:biglaugh:
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    Fruit and veg

    I don't buy from the supermarkets but from the likes of palmyra farmer markets and find it v good value for money and lasts ages. Coles/Woolies rubbish. Deffo better in Aus then UK though. cant say about France, every shop has been bloody closed whenever we've holidayed or past thru:mad: Spain though...the best fruit and veg ever:cool:
  19. Is PIO getting a bit sleezy on who they let advertise..... or are my private messages with @Lindor and @Que Sera Sera being monitered:laugh: Or coincidence that OH is in the UK at the mo? anyway thanks, but no thanks:confused:
  20. I think you did the right thing, in going back for a holiday to see how you feel and give yourself some head space.
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    Do Flights go up at the weekend?

    Try it, let us know:wink: i have no techy knowledge at all:cry: but what I found would happen was: search net, find all prices, note the best price, go back to said best price, now not there!! go to work, on work computer, look for best price site....yes found it again.
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    Golden arrow pet shipping

    We came when it was minimum 30 day stay in quarantine in Aus, we were given a mobile no for the kennel person who was assigned to our two dogs....think I managed to speak to her twice in that period. i paid for a local lady to go in and play with our dogs a few times a week, she would also follow this up with photos of them doing their jail time. i believe now that quarantine in Aus has been reduced this us not an option. Hopefully they will still provide a tel no for you to ring and check up on your pets.
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    Golden arrow pet shipping

    Would just like to give a big shout out to this company if your looking to transporting your furbabies to Aus. Weve just celebrated our fourth Xmas/new year here with our beautiful labs . and I still get lovely emails from Chris, a guy who knows his dogs and is very caring. it was always a pleasure dealing with this company, even when we had last minute dramas, re quarantine in Perth closing. If your looking for a smaller, caring company, that treat your baby as family. Then I would highly recommend.
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    Do Flights go up at the weekend?

    They may have gone up in price:cry: but could just be you need to clear the cookies on your device. Or Try searching on a different device and see what happens. i spent last week searching for last min flights for OH to go back to the UK, I found the same thing was happening. In the end I give the job over to an independent travel agent. She got cheaper than I could, or the likes of flight centre, sta etc etc. $300 cheaper than what I paid last year, $700 cheaper than what I paid in 2014. In future I will have a quick look myself for a guide price, but now happy to leave it to someone else.