It’s hard to believe that one year ago we landed at Brisbane Airport and caught a maxi-cab (to accommodate all our suitcases) to our short term holiday rental in Taringa, west of Brisbane, late that night.
After almost three years of finding out if we could get a visa, doing the skills assessment (thanks to my darling wife) and finally applying for and getting our 175 visas, here we are one year down the line!!!
Having moved countries a few times in our lives, I can honestly say it really has been an easy transition moving to Australia, relatively speaking. Most probably because we’ve moved countries a few times before and had planned this move well in advance, for most things. We opened a bank account from the UK, sold our house in South Africa and transferred the funds before we got here.
We had planned for Scott, our son, to go to the University of Queensland and our daughter, Tanya, to go to school in Kenmore. So that’s we ended up renting a house, and we are still here today, although our daughter then decided Indooroopilly High School is where she wanted to go. So that’s where she is. Both the teens catch the bus there and back each day. We do however, want to move closer to UQ for travel reasons, the teens and for ourselves commuting into Brisbane, but will stay here for now.
My wife started work in November last year and sadly her father passed away one week in, so she flew back to S.A. Her Boss and HR department were extremely supportive and let her take as much time off as she needed. I have now been contracting in I.T. for a while. We are both enjoying work, which is not anything different to work in the UK or elsewhere, as far as I.T. goes. I’m still hoping to get a perm job, but it all takes time and trust getting into companies here.
Our little pup, Wisky, is over a year old now and has got a lot bigger, but is really well behaved.
We’ve been camping a few times and plan to do some more as we love going away and doing outdoorsy type stuff. I love taking photos and need to get out more to take some again.
Are we settled? Yes, and we’re all loving the warmer weather and can’t believe it gets up to 20+ degrees Celcius during the day in Winter. The kids have acclimatised and feel the cold at night now, but love the warm days.
After last year’s continual rain and floods, we are really hoping for a nice hot summer here, which is what we grew up with in Southern Africa, and we all missed a lot when living in England.
We have made some good friends here, most notably the Elders family. We have also met some other South African friends through the Africa Club in Milton, and they are a good bunch too. My wife and I have also met up with SuperMod Pollyana a few times now, and she’s really good company!
We love the fact that we can get S.A. food in Coles and the butcher by Woolies where we live - Mrs. Balls chutney, boerewors, biltong, Aromat etc...
What lies ahead in the next few years? To get the kids fully educated and self-sufficient, buy some property hopefully, downsize a bit and get on with life. Maybe a bit of fishing too!
I've been living up to my BE name by having lots of BBQs outside with the family and friends, even throughout Winter.
We also get to see this quite often, as well as loads of sunshine.
(taken with my compact camera).
See you by the pool & barbie!