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Our First Year In Perth

Our First Year In Perth

We’ve been here for a year and boy has it flown by! We arrived on a temp visa because my husband was offered a job. I’m a nurse and we were thinking of applying for PR before he got the job offer, but hubby applied for the job, (not expecting to get it), and was offered it December 2004. We had already sold the house as we going to move whether we went to Australia or not. We moved into a furnished rental at the beginning of Feb and the visa came through the end of March.

We’ve been here for a year and boy has it flown by! We arrived on a temp visa because hubby got offered a job (engineer). I’m a nurse and we were thinking of applying for PR before he got the job offer, but hubby applied for the job, (not expecting to get it), and was offered it December 2004. We had already sold the house November 2004 as we going to move whether we went to Oz or not. We moved out of our house and into a furnished rental at the beginning of Feb, (put our stuff in storage with the removal company), and the visa came through the end of March.

We flew with Cathay Pacific who were great, (apart from serving noodles to a passenger at 6 am when everyone else was trying to sleep, god it made me feel sick!) The flight was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be, especially with my 2 boys aged 6 and 9! It went by so quick that I didn’t even read the magazines I’d bought!

We were lucky as my husbands company paid all relocation fees and booked us into a hotel for 4 weeks. Just as we were about to leave the UK, a friend of ours told us about a family who lived in Perth and were visiting Manchester. We got their number and spoke to them and they gave us their contact details in Perth. We had met the husband years ago but not the rest of the family. When we arrived in Perth we contacted them and met up. We got on really well and decided to settle in Ellenbrook where they lived. We did think we would be living by the coast and if we had not met up with our new friends we would have, but I really like where we live now. We are 20 minutes from Hilary’s, 20 minutes from Joondalup and about 30 minutes from Perth CBD.

We have been very lucky and everything seems to have fallen into place. I know that the whole process is much harder for many, and respect that people have to wait a long time just to get the visa.

We rented from May and couldn’t decide whether to build or buy established. Building took ages so in the end we decided to buy. We bought one of the first houses we had seen, we loved the exterior, walked right through the house, into the back yard, saw the massive undercover area and that there was room for a pool and said we’d have it! We had to go through the FIRB because we are temporary visa holders but it didn’t take much longer than normal, (6 weeks from start to finish).

I don’t miss the UK at all, apart from my mum who came out to visit and loved it! She said she knows now why we have come! I missed her more after she had gone back, the house felt empty, but I’m getting on with life and know that she will be visiting soon.

We haven’t done a great deal of traveling or sight seeing as we have been busy with the house, it needed totally redecorating and tiling, but we know there are some wonderful places out there and can’t wait to get started!

{mosbanner right}Life is pretty much like the UK on a day to day basis; kids go to school, shopping needs to be done, housework needs doing and of course there’s  going to work. But it’s the other things that make it better – the kids jumping in the pool when they get home from school, going to the beach on a wednesday when they finish school early, hubby doing the meat on the barbie for dinner! We do more things as a family. In the UK my husband left for work at 6am and didn’t get home until 8pm, by which time the kids were ready for bed.

The children love it here and have settled well, they don’t mention the UK now. Their school is relaxed and they have improved really well. They have become more sporty – they both did a little athletics last season, my eldest is doing rugby and they are both in a swimming club.

I have made a great group of friends and we go ten pin bowling on a monday! I work 2 nights at a health campus on a casual basis and the pay is the same as it was in the UK.

If I had to pinpoint why it has worked so well for us, I’d say finding friends that we get on so well with. They have been great and have really helped us find our feet. It was really daunting the first morning at the airport, not knowing anyone or where we were going, I just wanted to go back home! I’m so glad now I didn’t.