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A question for returnees, what are the things you are looking forward to most ?

I'll start.

Wonderful countryside

Fantastic pubs and the beer that goes with them

Lovely friendly people

All our friends

The history

The freedom to persue my hobby (business)

Villages

Lots of things for our kids to do

Did I mention the beer ?

Cheap food ( a bonus)

The sense of homour.

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A question for returnees, what are the things you are, looking forward to most ?

I'll start.

Wonderful countryside

Fantastic pubs and the beer that goes with them

Lovely friendly people

All our friends

The history

The freedom to persue my hobby (business)

Villages

Lots of things for our kids to do

Did I mention the beer ?

Cheap food ( a bonus)

 

The return flight to Australia asap.

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I'm looking forward to-

Speaking my first language again[Gaeilge]

The fresh smell of the Atlantic Ocean

Family and friends

A night at the pub listening to some Irish music

Not wearing summer clothes all the time

Less rules,regulations and licences for everything

Seeing my kids happy and carefree again

Being my own boss again

People getting my sense of humour

A connection with the history that surrounds me

And.....not needing an expats forum.

 

Plenty more too but that should do for starters.

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I'm already home, but looking back I remember....

 

Having family just around the corner

Family dinners

Family coffee stops

Lots of nieces and nephews around

Seeing my children with grandparents

Seeing my parents watch my children grow

National Trust

Castles

Countryside

Stone walls

M & S underwear

Proper pubs

Country lanes

Villages

Thatched cottages

English accents

Being close to beautiful places in the Med/Europe

Summer nights staying light till late

Sitting in the garden drinking wine with neighbours whilst still light till late

Cheap fast internet providers (It may have changed in AU now)

The colours of Autumn

Acorns

Squirrels

Fabulous free small schooling

No pressure for private insurance

No pressure for private schooling

Free dental treatment for me and my children (Im a mature student now)

Me studying and getting a student grant

My coal fire

Radiators

My hairdresser

Next

A roast on Christmas day when its not hot outside

Not having to rely on A/C

Sleeping without being too hot

Street lighting

No hoons

English biscuits

English crisps

Being able to park my car anywhere and not having to look for shade to park in

Not worrying about redbacks (We had a huge problem with them)

Not worrying about magpies attacking

Not worrying about my children running around in the garden barefoot (I was totally paranoid in AU)

 

Shall I continue? I could easily! I must say - these are MY thoughts and in no-way expect everyone to agree, but also must say - they are not to put AU down, they are what I looked forward to on return to my mother land.

 

I'll stop for now, I think the above is enough to bring a smile to those on the way home!


"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine"

 

 

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Wow that is quite a list and it's hard to disagree with any of the points made.

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cold weather

chilblains

getting dark at 4pm

beaches with no sand


I want it all, and I want it now.

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Wow that is quite a list and it's hard to disagree with any of the points made.

 

It's very easy to disagree with things you don't agree with.

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When are you going back Chris ?


I want it all, and I want it now.

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Just to make it a little clearer.

A question for returnees, what are the things you are looking forward to most ?

 

Just to make it a bit clearer Chris.

 

A returnee is someone who returns back to their homeland after a long absence. Which I have done on several occasions by the way, each time for reasons OTHER than WANTING to return.

 

So my opinion is as valid as any other returnees. Just because I have gone back to Australia does not mean that I have NEVER been a returnee, because simply returnee does NOT mean a permanent move.

 

And I am very serious in my opinion. The thing that I looked forward to the most was returning to Australia, that is not to say that I viewed this country with any degree of negativeness, just a want to return to Australia as soon as the family problems this end had been sorted is all.

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August or September, why ?

 

When are you going back Chris ?

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I'm already home, but looking back I remember....

 

Having family just around the corner

Family dinners

Family coffee stops

Lots of nieces and nephews around

Seeing my children with grandparents

Seeing my parents watch my children grow

National Trust

Castles

Countryside

Stone walls

M & S underwear

Proper pubs

Country lanes

Villages

Thatched cottages

English accents

Being close to beautiful places in the Med/Europe

Summer nights staying light till late

Sitting in the garden drinking wine with neighbours whilst still light till late

Cheap fast internet providers (It may have changed in AU now)

The colours of Autumn

Acorns

Squirrels

Fabulous free small schooling

No pressure for private insurance

No pressure for private schooling

Free dental treatment for me and my children (Im a mature student now)

Me studying and getting a student grant

My coal fire

Radiators

My hairdresser

Next

A roast on Christmas day when its not hot outside

Not having to rely on A/C

Sleeping without being too hot

Street lighting

No hoons

English biscuits

English crisps

Being able to park my car anywhere and not having to look for shade to park in

Not worrying about redbacks (We had a huge problem with them)

Not worrying about magpies attacking

Not worrying about my children running around in the garden barefoot (I was totally paranoid in AU)

 

Shall I continue? I could easily! I must say - these are MY thoughts and in no-way expect everyone to agree, but also must say - they are not to put AU down, they are what I looked forward to on return to my mother land.

 

I'll stop for now, I think the above is enough to bring a smile to those on the way home!

 

I returned home last week and your above comments sums up totally all the things that are important to us as a family.

 

Oz isn't for everyone we all have different desires and we seem to get ridiculed for it on here when we realise where we truly want to be and see where our future lies. I have a large part of my family who have lived in Oz for 20+ years and love it and I am happy for them. It is nice to see posts when other people appreciate similar things to yourselves. Everyone is different!!!

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I'm not returning but would still like to add my 2c worth

 

I always look forward to, in no particular order:

The variety of pretty much everything

The green greeeeeeen grass that gives under your feet (note I said grass, not rough fescue which passes for grass around here)

The colours of the seasons as they pass

Being able to walk down a street and see a thousand years of human endeavour on almost any street corner (Milton Keynes excepted of course!)

Being able to live in a house that keeps the cold out

Living in a place which doesnt have an adolescent "we are the best" mentality ie a bit of humility

Being with people who have a sense of humour I can relate to

Good telly

Cheap books

BOGOFs

Being able to spend a weekend in a place which is accessible and so totally different from the place I spend the every day grind

The patchwork of the countryside

West End theatre

Shakespeare at Stratford

Being able to do family history in person and not always stuck on a computer to do it

Stitchers get togethers

Park and Ride buses

Wildlife that doesnt attack you and doesnt sound like landing jumbo jets at ungodly hours of the morning

 

That'll do for starters, I am sure I will think of some more

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This thread has had to be tidied up following reported posts. I have to say this is the most posts that I have had to remove from a 2 page thread.

 

Now the title is "What are you looking fwd to most?" in reference to returning to the UK.

 

Please post your comments and debate sensibly. You may be someone out here (like Quoll) that cant get back, please post what you would be looking fwd to. Even myself as a new Australian, would look fwd to things as well so I will post later.

 

Some of us like UK, some of us like Oz, some of us even have the audacity to like both!

 

Newsflash: It is not a crime! lets stop the `them and us`!!!!

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If I were to be going back, I would look forward to:

 

- going up London and `people watching`

- Theatre land!

- Cheap books and DVDs (although they are getting cheaper here)

- M+S

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I agree Joanne, there are certainly things we will miss about this country when we leave. That is why I can't understand the need to make a post about what you won't miss about a country you have no intention of returning to ?

I must have missed the good stuff, I haven't noticed any posts missing except ironically one that I made :biggrin:

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That is why I can't understand the need to make a post about what you won't miss about a country you have no intention of returning to ?

 

 

 

Anyone can post anywhere Chris, whether they are heading back to uk or staying out here in Oz.

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Ihat is why I can't understand the need to make a post about what you won't miss about a country you have no intention of returning to ?

 

 

Perhaps the posts are helpful, even if only to show that the majority of those who love Oz, don't particularly hate the UK and do indeed miss certain things. That's probably a bit hard to grasp for some PIO members who seem to think that all of the "sun and surf gang" have a downer on the UK.................mind you...............some folk will always believe what they want to believe, despite contradictory evidence.

 

I miss...........

 

Decent Pork Pies

 

The changing of the seasons

 

crocus and daffodil time

 

The Lake District

 

Yorkshire Moors

 

The Highlands of Scotland

 

Snowdonia

 

curry sauce from my local chippy

 

decent curry (easily available)

 

The smell the morning after bonfire night

 

The smell of donkey shlt on the beach at blackpool or a nice steamin' farm midden (truly!)

 

Bluebell Wood (Brock Bottom)

 

heritage buildings

 

and much more..........

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The Lake District

 

Yorkshire Moors

 

The Highlands of Scotland

 

 

I forgot those! (Shouldnt do seeing as hubby from Yorkshire! lol)

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No I think you misunderstand what I am saying, I have no issue with people posting wherever but to post things that you won't miss about a country you won't be going to in a thread about what people WILL miss when they return is a little odd.

 

Anyone can post anywhere Chris, whether they are heading back to uk or staying out here in Oz.

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I'm already home, but looking back I remember....

 

Having family just around the corner

Family dinners

Family coffee stops

Lots of nieces and nephews around

Seeing my children with grandparents

Seeing my parents watch my children grow

National Trust

Castles

Countryside

Stone walls

M & S underwear

Proper pubs

Country lanes

Villages

Thatched cottages

English accents

Being close to beautiful places in the Med/Europe

Summer nights staying light till late

Sitting in the garden drinking wine with neighbours whilst still light till late

Cheap fast internet providers (It may have changed in AU now)

The colours of Autumn

Acorns

Squirrels

Fabulous free small schooling

No pressure for private insurance

No pressure for private schooling

Free dental treatment for me and my children (Im a mature student now)

Me studying and getting a student grant

My coal fire

Radiators

My hairdresser

Next

A roast on Christmas day when its not hot outside

Not having to rely on A/C

Sleeping without being too hot

Street lighting

No hoons

English biscuits

English crisps

Being able to park my car anywhere and not having to look for shade to park in

Not worrying about redbacks (We had a huge problem with them)

Not worrying about magpies attacking

Not worrying about my children running around in the garden barefoot (I was totally paranoid in AU)

 

Shall I continue? I could easily! I must say - these are MY thoughts and in no-way expect everyone to agree, but also must say - they are not to put AU down, they are what I looked forward to on return to my mother land.

 

I'll stop for now, I think the above is enough to bring a smile to those on the way home!

 

I will add to my list! LOL

 

Opening windows and doors without worrying about heat getting in, AC escaping, flies and mozzies coming in

Opening my curtains and not having to keep blinds closed in the daytime to keep room cool

 

Also must add, there are things I miss too! So shall add to your other list later :)


"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine"

 

 

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OMG, I can definitely agree with those things. We have all windows closed, curtains drawn and fans on all day. My wife absolutely hates this weather, it wouldn't be so bad if the nights just cooled down a bit.

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Nothing nicer than cleaning the house and opening all the windows, bright light coming in, without fly-screens, and let the fresh air run through!

 

My post coming through my actual front door is another!


"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine"

 

 

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OMG, I can definitely agree with those things. We have all windows closed, curtains drawn and fans on all day. My wife absolutely hates this weather, it wouldn't be so bad if the nights just cooled down a bit.

 

I'm on a hill. I have all blinds open, windows and doors open, and there's nearly always a breeze. Nights are worse though 'cause the breeze drops out..........that's the only time I use the pool.............evenings.

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I'm on a hill. I have all blinds open, windows and doors open, and there's nearly always a breeze. Nights are worse though 'cause the breeze drops out..........that's the only time I use the pool.............evenings.

 

Will you please stop banging on about your brilliant pool which i was swimming in defrosting from last years horrible cold winter, i am already having withdrawal symptoms about Australia as it is, with this years horrible long freezing cold winter, we are into the 7 month of crappy weather here and they are predicting another 5 months more of it, then it will be................ the start of winter again.

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I'm on a hill. I have all blinds open, windows and doors open, and there's nearly always a breeze. Nights are worse though 'cause the breeze drops out..........that's the only time I use the pool.............evenings.

 

No swimming pool for us but apart from that we do the same, all windows and doors open to allow the beautiful breeze through the house all day and night. Sure it gets warm though nothing that a cold drink or cold shower can't take care of.


Offshore partner visa sent 2/6/10, signed for 3/6/10, money taken 7/6/10, CO acknowledgement 9/6/10, PR Visa granted 28/9/10, Arrived in Brisbane 5/11/10 and loving life again :biggrin:

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