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Amber Snowball

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  1. Amber Snowball

    forms when leaving

    I kept my Aus drivers licence when I came back, but then I kept my UK one when I went to Aus, so I seem to be a serial offender.
  2. Amber Snowball

    forms when leaving

    Lovely! I applied for a job in Swindon but didn’t get it so will be in Cheshire ultimately. I like Wiltshire though. And the flights will only be part of the cost! I am still haemorrhaging money in the early stages but progressing with getting things set up so feel it is money well spent! Very happy for you!
  3. Having been in the workforce a while maybe “learning to play the game “ is an underrated lifeskill! This all sounds familiar tbh. My son in his current course has been lucky enough to be placed in groups with other “workers” so hasn’t minded it so much, but the nature of this course attracts and retains only those sort of people I think. They covered for one lad and did his part of the project for him as his mum was very unwell and they didn’t want him to fail and have to repeat the unit.
  4. Amber Snowball

    forms when leaving

    Wow, that’s a long time to be on edge! Countryside is a bit crispy at the moment, quite hot and dry. I am currently in Lancashire in a cat friendle holiday let and we have had some showers/rain occasionally. Also not as steamy hot as the south east which is nice. It’s all been rather pleasant! Warm weather easing me back in to the UK! When will you be moving and where to?
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    forms when leaving

    Funny you should ask that. I left Aus 3 weeks ago and just filled in the AEC form last night and uploaded it to their website. Got the confirmation of removal this morning. Only just got a printer/scanner to do this stuff. Tried making use of the library but that was a pain. I have tried telling Medicare/Centrelink via mygov but that has been challenging and I’m certainly not ringing them to sit on hold for hours from here! ATO was easy. Otherwise just my bank was the only other thing apart from the obvious utilities etc. I have redirected my post for 6 months to my son’s place in Aus just to collect the leftovers, in case I have forgotten anything. I had a very long “to do “ list and the AEC was the last thing on it apart from my final tax return for Aus. So happy for you, you must be relieved/excited!
  6. Amber Snowball

    Liveable monthly income - Melbourne

    That is such a shame. The quality of house in Upwey can also be “challenging “. They build them differently in the hills! They look like I’ve built some of them and I am to construction what Donald Trump is to diplomacy, a blunt instrument! Your UK wages are good. Are you able to afford to reduce hours there to allow for more family time? I’m sure you’ve gone through everything a thousand times in your head already. On $80,000 it would be a step back in lifestyle I think. Good luck with your decision. It’s such a pain when the realities of a situation don’t comply with our vision. Suffered a bit of that myself.
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    Schools to start weighing children

    This. I worked as a school nurse for a while and we did indeed do a full range of screening checks on new starters at primary and secondary school. So twice in their school life as I recall. All children were seen, so no one singled out. Results were given to parents and any concerns were passed to the parent with advice on follow up and the teacher advised so they could support said parents.
  8. Amber Snowball

    Your School Days

    Feel for army kids. So disruptive for them. Maybe it builds resilience?? But settled and happy you are now, so that is a win!
  9. Amber Snowball

    Your School Days

    Hated it from the moment I started to the day I finished. Took every opportunity to not be there......
  10. Amber Snowball

    Your School Days

    I think when you move that much it must all become a big blur!
  11. You are probably right. When I did my post grad we did group work to produce health promotion projects, so this would mirror the workplace as that is often an area where you would be in a group to get something done. Group work has its place but not in every subject at every opportunity!
  12. Never really thought about this, but yes I can see how that would happen. The first course at the first Uni for my son consisted of a lot of trying to communicate in Mandarin. Now how they got on the course I don’t know. International fees obviously talk the University’s language, maybe?
  13. Amber Snowball

    Best Green Suburbs to live with Family

    Sorry, only just seen this! I like Williamstown, but the one road in and out is a pain. That and the cost! When I say West, I tend to think Werribee, Melton and dare I say it Bacchus Marsh. Altona is ok once you get past the oil refinery. The houses in Yarraville always feel so tiny, but nice shoppy bit with cafes/restaurants is ok. My need to view drone footage is nil, but thanks for the suggestion. Maybe the OP took a look.
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    Is Australia your 'forever home?'

    Agree with this.Thing is people often have to leave and try new places before they find out what they are or where they feel they belong. I never thought I’d return to the UK but as I am typing this from Lancashire, guess I didn’t know what I was talking about! Yourself, toots and ramot seem happy wanderers and can settle happily almost anywhere as it were. Whether that’s because of your personalities and you were drawn to those lives or you became that way because of the lives you’ve led, who could say. A bit nature/nurture about that debate. The world is very accessible to people now so it is possible to “give it a go” and find out where you want to be. It becomes an issue when people get stuck somewhere they don’t want to be.
  15. Amber Snowball

    Is Australia your 'forever home?'

    You can be whatever you like!
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