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Old Aug 15th 2014, 5:05 am
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Originally Posted by Moses2013 View Post
Have looked at heading back to London - I could nearly doubly my income with a London based job. I don't know what you have to think about then:-) If I were you, I'd book a flight for tomorrow. You could probably retire in half the time and France is so close these days.

No, not yet - I have a nice comfy lifestyle here right now, and a new and interesting job - I have also been renovating my old terrace house which I have nearly finished. I think I'll spend a year enjoying the fruits of my labours, then look at a move in maybe 12-18 months time.

There's no rush. London's not going anywhere...


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We went out for the day yesterday with an English family, they are returning back to the UK, long story, but work and friends are there main reasons. They have given it two years and are dreading the heat and humidity, plus its been really cold this winter. They cannot settle here, it will never feel like home to them.

So we got chatting last night as a family, and we are now considering going back, only thinking about it but we only have to give twoo weeks notice at work and on our house. So we could be back by the end of September. Just wondering is there anyone else considering gboing back to the UK, or have gone back and are still there? Any regrets or anything. Australia has good points and bad points, we did a list last night and the bad points for us as a family slightly outweigh its good points.
Hi Blackcab,
I'm wanting to go back home, but my OH is Australian and we have Aussie-born kids, so no easy solution there. Heading back for a long holiday though in the hopefully-not-too-distant-future, and we'll see how everybody feels then...
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No, not yet - I have a nice comfy lifestyle here right now, and a new and interesting job - I have also been renovating my old terrace house which I have nearly finished. I think I'll spend a year enjoying the fruits of my labours, then look at a move in maybe 12-18 months time.

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That's fine then. Was just thinking that if you really want to retire in France, now is one of the best times to buy in France and probably the best time to sell in Australia.
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After 11 years here - and even before I arrived - I never believed in an outdoor life in 40 degree heat!! Thats just bonkers! 40 degrees is stay indoors time.
Even us 'born and breds' agree with that, Polly - well, the sensible ones do I'm looking forward to the much cooler weather of the UK
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Oh how I aspire to be able to choose to go indoors because it’s 40 degrees outside. I’m sitting in my office in Glasgow, looking at a grey sky and dreaming of Brissie where I’ll be in a couple of weeks.
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Oh how I aspire to be able to choose to go indoors because it’s 40 degrees outside. I’m sitting in my office in Glasgow, looking at a grey sky and dreaming of Brissie where I’ll be in a couple of weeks.
Hahaa - it's a bit like horses for courses, Nic

I can't complain about the summer heat here to my nieces in Liverpool, they post pictures of themselves in Arctic-type coats and tell me I'm crazy. I used to love the long, hot summers when I was younger, but I'm a bit over them now.
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Same with our son. He can't tell us that it's a bit chilly in the mornings / evenings in winter when it's 19 degrees without being told that he's turned into a softie and to remember when he was up to his ankles in snow or going to work in minus 10 degrees.
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Same with our son. He can't tell us that it's a bit chilly in the mornings / evenings in winter when it's 19 degrees without being told that he's turned into a softie and to remember when he was up to his ankles in snow or going to work in minus 10 degrees.
Oh how quickly they forget. Scouse (my husband) well remembers trying to get the car started for work, something about kettles of boiling water! He's been in Australia for nearly 25 years and is over the hot summers too - just hope he doesn't get too much of a shock in his first winter.

Are you emigrating to Brisbane or just visiting?
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Just visiting our son and his Aussie wife. They were married last year and expecting our first grandchild in January. So back again then. Our 6th time in 3 years and love it every time.
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Just visiting our son and his Aussie wife. They were married last year and expecting our first grandchild in January. So back again then. Our 6th time in 3 years and love it every time.
6 times in 3 years - you must be racking up those frequent flyer points! How exciting about your first grandchild, that'll be a special trip. Hope all goes well and that Brissie turns on some nice, warm weather for you
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We did the first 2 courtesy of bcworlds fab info. But now we're going twice a year is back to cattle class with emirates. But we stop dubai and singapore and our flights this time were only £830 so makes sense for us
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We have been here 6 years and I have just started applying for jobs back in the UK. Not because we are unhappy here, but I am out of work and struggling to find anything here. So have decided to apply for roles back in the UK as well as here.

I think people can be happy or unhappy in either country.
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Oh how quickly they forget. Scouse (my husband) well remembers trying to get the car started for work, something about kettles of boiling water! He's been in Australia for nearly 25 years and is over the hot summers too - just hope he doesn't get too much of a shock in his first winter.
That's the windscreen - careful you don't crack it....People sometimes forget that when they are cold they forget what it felt like to be warm - and when they are too hot they would love to be cold - or cool. People talk about how it is easier to warm up etc but when people are cold and am feeling it - it's hard.

I am looking forward to Spring now but in the main I look forwards to Daylight Saving. I would take Melbourne's climate with a few days of 40 a year over the UK given the choice. People forget there are months in Melbourne where the weather is not particularly hot or cold - try Oct-Dec, Mar-May (etc). There are probably few places in the world where the weather is just right. I've heard people say LA is great for that but then you have to live in LA and deal with the pollution..
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We have been here 6 years and I have just started applying for jobs back in the UK. Not because we are unhappy here, but I am out of work and struggling to find anything here. So have decided to apply for roles back in the UK as well as here.

I think people can be happy or unhappy in either country.
I totally agree. I'm in Oz right now, living happily and would happily live back in the UK too.

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After 11 years here - and even before I arrived - I never believed in an outdoor life in 40 degree heat!! Thats just bonkers! 40 degrees is stay indoors time.
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Then he should say so. And the UK and many other places in northern Europe have had some pretty major floods....to say nothing of other disasters.

Still, I suppose it goes along with the logic of the statement that most of us ended up in Aus cos we couldn't get into California
There are places like Silicon Valley where the weather is very nice all year around with doses of sun - and good employment perhaps. Still cold at night in winter - if you want to be warm at night you are almost obliged to go to the tropics.

I don't think anyone likes hot weather not even a local. I think in the main, Australia is a good place if you like the outdoors - it is still very much an outdoor lifestyle. It's not too bad.

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That's fine then. Was just thinking that if you really want to retire in France, now is one of the best times to buy in France and probably the best time to sell in Australia.
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I've been looking at France as a retirement option - property is inexpensive and I'm also a bit of a Francophile, though it's going to be another 25 years I suspect.
I'm also a Francophile - but a bit of a rose-tinted one - in other words, it is on my own terms when it suits me. Funny how people love Paris and the south of France and their movies but the economy and red tape can be something else again and it is sort of geared as a socialist country. It seems in the south that it's hard to get things down - etc etc. I think lots of countries have bizarre red tape and funny conveyancing rules.

We have bought a flat overseas which we plan to use as a second retirement hub. The kids can hole up in it too on gap years etc.
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