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  1. PatW

    Need advice, thinking of heading home

    Hello emj Really sorry to read you're struggling. I know I cried a lot in the first few years (we came Nov 1981, pre-computer, Google Earth, Skype, etc). If it's any help to know, just about everyone has struggled in this summer's heat and humidity (worse than last year, which was bad enough). And no wet season until autumn. Crazy. It must have been hard having a family Christmas and then coming back to this heat. You mention you've got dogs; are they a specific breed? If so, there should be a breed-organised 'get-together' where you could meet other owners and have a natter, i.e. son has 2 Ridgebacks and I know there's a Ridgeback 'get-together' at the GC each month. There are dog-allowable beaches on the GC, where they can be off-lead (check on the local Council website). What about dog-allowable cafes in the area, 'cos as you know, dog owners will chat to one another at the drop of a hat? Check FB pages for breed-specific groups. There are get-togethers (for the humans!) through this site, on both Brisbane northside (me) and Brisbane Bayside. Is there a GC one? Does anyone know, please? You can be restricted in going places with the dogs, but find stuff away from the coast that is more dog-friendly than the GC. You can take the dogs (haven't forgotten that there's also the cat at home) into State Forests for day trips but not overnight, but domestic animals aren't allowed in to National Parks at all. There are Tourist Information centres on the GC, so go and talk to them and get ideas about day trips that will get you all out at the w/e. I prefer the Sunshine Coast to the GC, but obviously it depends on where the work is for both of you. There are lovely areas (and lovely people) all around Australia and I do hope you find yours very soon.
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    North Brisbane get-together/bbq

    until
    <p> </p> <p><p>Just arrived from overseas or been here a while?</p></p> <p><p>... and miss the family left behind</p></p> <p><p>... would love to have a chat, a natter, a cuppa and share a bbq</p></p> <p><p>... would love to talk with others that have been through the same</p></p> <p><p>... and start to make new friends?</p></p> <p><p>Then come and join us and others at Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes, on Saturday 1 April 2017, from 2pm until you have to go.</p></p> <p><p>BYO food, drinks, etc. (There are free electric bbqs available.)</p></p> <p><p>We would love to see you there and will make you most welcome!</p></p> <p> </p>
  3. Next get-together: Saturday 1 April (first weekend of the Queensland school holidays, so some people will be off camping, etc). From 2pm til you have to go. Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes. BYO food, drinks, etc. Be lovely to see you.
  4. PatW

    Moving to Brisbane

    Hello Anna I believer there's a bayside, i.e. south of the Brisbane River, migrant group for getting together, chatting & having bbqs (I do one on the north side, at North Lakes). I'm sure the forum co-ordinator will be able to give you more details than I can. Hope all goes well for you. Pat
  5. PatW

    Christmas suggestions

    Hello Theresa Check caravan parks (which also have cabins for those without their own tent/caravan) on line for the Sunshine Coast, but most will be heavily booked already. If you find one (or a motel), it'll have cooking facilites, fridge, etc. so you can buy in necessary food and have a Christmas on the beach (which to begin with is quite weird but then becomes enjoyable. Pack the hats & sunscreen because you will need them. Stay in the shade as much as possible (we got burnt a few years ago just sitting in the shade on the beach, because of the reflected rays off the sand) and enjoy the water! If you want to, please PM me with other questions.
  6. Hello all Dec 2016 and Jan 2017 dates now arranged. Saturday 17 Dec 2016 at Moora Park, Shorncliffe. From 6.30am (in time for a bbq breakfast!) for the rest of the day or come & go as you have time. BYO food, drinks, chairs, etc. Saturday 14 Jan 2017 at Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes, from 2pm til you have to go. BYO food, drinks, etc.
  7. PatW

    Moving to Brisbane

    Hello Anna Welcome! Do you know what part of Brisbane you'll be moving to? On your own or with family? Do ask on this forum if you want help, because they are a helpful lot with a lot of experience.
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    Get-togethers

    until
    <p> </p> <p><p>Just arrived from overseas or been here a while?</p></p> <p><p>... and miss the family left behind</p></p> <p><p>... would love to have a chat, a natter, a cuppa and share a bbq</p></p> <p><p>... would love to talk with others that have been through the same</p></p> <p><p>... and start to make new friends?</p></p> <p><p>Then come and join us and others at Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes, from 2pm til you have to go. BYO food, drinks, etc. (There are free electric bbqs available.)</p></p> <p><p>We would love to see you there and will make you most welcome!</p></p> <p> </p>
  9. Hello Stu & family I've just posted the Dec & Jan dates: Saturday 17th Dec 2016 at Moora Park, Shorncliffe, from 6.30am til you have to go (we'll be there all day to meet/greet people and will definitely be having a bacon & egg breakfast to start!)and Saturday 14 January 2017 at Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes, from 2pm til you have to go. BYO food, drinks, chairs, etc. for both occasions. Free electric bbqs available at both. I know 6.30am seems very early (and it is) but Qld people tend to be up with the sun and then down with the sun and as the sun will be up about 4.30am at that time of year, it's actually quite nice to get out and about before the heat hits and a bit of fresh air with a bbq breakfast is rather nice. PM me if you have questions/queries.
  10. Hello all December 2016 and January 2017 meet-up dates now decided. Saturday 17th December at Moora Park, Shorncliffe (alongside the renovated pier). From 6.30am (yes, I know it's desperately early, but if any one wants to come for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner/tea, we'll be there!) BYO food, drinks, chairs, etc. Plenty of shade under the trees. Sand beach. Gentle water. Toilets. Huge play area for children of various ages. Stay as long as you want to/can. Saturday 14 January 2017, from 2pm til you have to go. Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes. BYO food, drinks, etc.
  11. PatW

    Get-together/bbq

    until
    <p> </p> <p><p>Just arrived from overseas or been here a while?</p></p> <p><p>... and miss the family left behind</p></p> <p><p>... would love to have a chat, a natter, a cuppa and share a bbq</p></p> <p><p>... would love to talk with others that have been through the same</p></p> <p><p>... and start to make new friends?</p></p> <p><p>Then come and join us and others at Moora Park, Shorncliffe (alongside the newly renovated Shorncliffe Pier) on Saturday 17th December 2016. We'll be there from 6.30am (to grab a spot), so if you want to start with a seaside breakfast, we'll be there! We'll be there throughout the day if you want to come at lunchtime or during the afternoon.</p></p> <p><p>BYO food, drinks, etc. (There are free electric bbqs available.)</p></p> <p><p>We would love to see you there and will make you most welcome!</p></p> <p> </p>
  12. Hello Salsera You bet there'll be another one! We usually meet in a park in the suburb of North Lakes - as you've probably seen - but the December one will be at a local beach and as soon as I work out a date (during this week) I'll post it and let everyone know. However, if you want to have a chat & a cuppa before December, please PM me and we'll arrange something. Pat
  13. You're very welcome, Lisa. Glad you could come. It was good to meet you and the family. It was a good natter time! Pat
  14. Hello Olwyn Next get-together will be next Saturday - 17th Sept - at Aurora Boulevard Park, Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes, from 2pm (although OH & I are likely to be there earlier to grab a spot) until you have to go. BYO food, drinks, etc. Free electric bbqs available if you want to use them. You'd be very welcome.
  15. PatW

    What to do before moving to Oz

    A JP (Justice of the Peace) can be found in many places in Australia. From the Qld objective, they are at the North Lakes' shopping centre a number of mornings/half days a week and you'll often find someone in a bank or solicitor's office will also be a JP or Commissioner of Oaths. No JP can charge for their services.
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