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MelT

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  1. MelT

    Counting down!

    I was quoted $4600 for 1/2 a container (15 cubic metres) and $7500 for a whole container (28 cubic metres) + insurance. The quote was with OSS Worldwide Movers.
  2. MelT

    Counting down!

    I have compiled lists too.. checked them at for the first time in ages at the weekend and surprised by how much we have done. Just need more time and energy. I am hoping to start applying for jobs soon too. Once the house is on the market and we have de-cluttered i will have more time. I have found facebook market place really good for selling items. When i find something that is bot being shipped back i just take a quick picture and put the ad straight on mkt place. Amazing how many bits and pieces i have managed to move on over the last few weeks. We will have a final garage sale at some stage closer to the actual move date. Have you organised the shipping yet? I have a few over the phone quotes, nothing final. Finding the prices a bit scary..
  3. MelT

    Counting down!

    Hope all goes well with the move. Great to hear your plans have all fallen into place. We are not far behind either.. fly back late August/Early September for school starting on the 6th Sept... Just finishing tidying up the house to.put on the market as soon as possible...my feelings of excitement are slowing moving towards feelings of panic.... feel like we are running out of time with only 120 days to go..or so...not that i am counting or anything.. lol..
  4. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    FYI my food allergy did vanish when i retuned to the uk in 2013 for a holiday and to visit family and friends. That is when i did a food type exlusion diet when i returned to Australia. Also visited in January this year and could eat anything without getting sick. Getting sick generally involves severe stomach pain (the type that makes you cry and sceam) and the need to have immediate access to a toilet for the diarrhea it expels... as well as fighting secondary skin infections whilst the skin bleeds and breaks down. That is why i cannot eat GM foods. Not life threatening but very debilitating. Now my son has developed an allergy to GM too.. not fun listening to your own child crying and sceaming in pain.
  5. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    Oh dear. That is so sad... I thought playground politics stayed in the playground all those years ago. I was obviously wrong.
  6. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    I have had serious health issues. Maybe that is why i have decided life is to short to live like a hermit... unless you have lived in someone shoes dont pass judgement.
  7. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    The UV index here in Qld is extreme. I, as does my son have very fair skin. I have a choice. Stay in Qld living like a hermit because it is too hot, highest skin cancer rate in the world or do something about it. I only moved to Queensland to be closer to my parents. Otherwise we would have stayed in Victoria. Even 8+ years ago in Victoria i was v home sick. Qld has made it worse. As they say nothing ventured nothing gained.
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    Quality of life for kids

    I think you misunderstood. I was providing support to the case that Australia has a harsh climate. The black Saturday fires were less than 1km from us. Our closest friends lost everything. We had friends and their fluffy family large and small find shelter our home for werks after the fires..Many other friends lost many loved ones and a whole community. I had nightmares after that day, like many others have i am sure. I have also lived through 'one' flood in the Uk and i have lived in the UK for over 30 years before moving to Australia. Note, not 'floods' many of...like i have in Australia both in Victoria and Queensland... Although climate chsnge is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. I wish people would not be so judgemental and assuming. There are many reasons for going back home to the Uk. Family, friends, food, climate, work opportunities, cultural diversity to name but a few. Our decision to move back is based on many factors, none are in isolation. I will make sure that we live high on hill like we did before we left...and not on a flood plain...
  9. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    Yes i have done my research. Perhaps people will listen in the uk and consider why GM is currently banned. I have hope that my experience may enable me to raise awareness and make a difference. Too late here in Australia.
  10. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    Actually the main reason for going back is that myself and my son have developed severe allergies to genetically modified food. Banned for human consumption in Europe. Allowed here with no adequate testing for humans to consume in Australia. Mainly all canola, corn and cottonseed derived products. We cannot eat out anywhere and I have to read every supermarket food label (unless made in Europe). It has quite an impact on our daily lives. The climate does not help I have to say.. Developing skin cancer (even though I have always been careful) and increasing temperatures over the last few years in Qld have made us feel like hermits.. You can do all the research in the world but until you have actually lived it you do not how you will manage. Yes there will be somethings I miss about Australia. But the negatives of living here are now out weighing the positives and it is time to go home. I think 13 years is quite a chapter here. I do not see it as a failure. More so a chapter in our lives we have learnt from and will enable us to appreciate things about the uk we would not have done before.
  11. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    I have experienced the hot very dry heat & wind when i lived in Victoria - part of the weather pattern that comes accross from South Australia.
  12. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    Thank you for stating your own judgement. I follow this forum as i, like others find it helpful and encouraging. Not for sustaining targeted attacks. I have shared some of my experiences to support various ponts of view.
  13. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    Look up the black Saturday fires 2009 and the Queensland floods of 2011/2012/2013 (I lived through all..) if you doubt the extreme harsh Australian climate. That is my experience. No I am not bitter and twisted. Australia has been good to us in some ways but it is not home. Counting down the weeks until we move back to the UK - 23 weeks to go....
  14. MelT

    Quality of life for kids

    I have the same feedback from others here in Australia and at home about moving back (we move back in August this year); I reply Australia has been good to us but it isn't home. I try and be positive in my response as people may think we are just winging poms which we see not...
  15. We are returning at the same time and have already secured a place for our son (who is also in Aus Grade 9) at a private school in Kent. He starts grade 9 at the new school on the 6 September. I think the schools are open to being flexible as the syllabus has changed for the GCSE's. It is best to contact the schools directly. I contacted initially by email then by telephone. We finalised the choice of school (with visits and taster days) on a mad planning trip to the UK last month.
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