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shelley748 Aug 26th 2018 11:17 pm

Re: Over 40's Moving Back and Catching Up
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12554130)
I'm still of a mind to resettle in the UK . I'd like the proximity of friends family and easy hols in the UK and on the Continent.

Recently though we have toyed with the idea of becoming 'keyfree' for a bit and doing a little travelling here and there before resettling.

I simply cannot seeing me living out my adage here in New Zealand . It just doesn't suit me.


i hear you, we have no family in Canada, just us, no kids, no real friends...so keeping options open.

shelley748 Aug 26th 2018 11:19 pm

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Thanks for the reply Don, sounds like a plan, will do. sorry to hear everything your daughter had to go through.

shelley748 Aug 26th 2018 11:22 pm

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Originally Posted by between two worlds (Post 12554336)
I love to think of this thread going on even when I am busy with life, and of being able to pop back on and find everyone still here! But of course if everyone gets busy with life,no-one will post....!!

Winters in the USA with Rv, wow interesting, but I guess you mean the southern parts, not the snow parts??!! As you say, shovelling snow in your 80s isn't a good idea. I have often wondered what RV-ing would be like...

"In 2 minds about returning to the Uk...." well, lots of people are, and it's understandable after many years away. I am so glad to be back though it's true the dark days in winter can get me down...I don't mind the cold that much because it doesn't last and it is rarely as bitterly cold as it was in pennsylvania (USA)!


yes i I mean down south away from the snow and minus 35c temps. I don’t mind if it’s in the 50’s as long as it’s not knee deep in snow lol. I think we will do that unless of course Trudeau gets in again in Canada, then we got real problems. I guess we will have to wait and see. I miss the English humour, the food, I don’t miss the traffic though.

between two worlds Aug 27th 2018 4:38 pm

Re: Over 40's Moving Back and Catching Up
 

Originally Posted by shelley748 (Post 12554760)



yes i I mean down south away from the snow and minus 35c temps. I don’t mind if it’s in the 50’s as long as it’s not knee deep in snow lol. I think we will do that unless of course Trudeau gets in again in Canada, then we got real problems. I guess we will have to wait and see. I miss the English humour, the food, I don’t miss the traffic though.

Ah ok, yes, that totally makes sense.

aries Aug 29th 2018 11:22 pm

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Hello Don . . . yesterday I saw a programme on TV of Brits being shown modern houses to buy in Thailand, they looked incredible for the money compared with the UK. Lovely scenery too, and prices for fruit and vegetables were low in a market.

black swan Aug 30th 2018 4:39 am

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I think that Brits would need a Visa to live in Thailand. It would not be easy to buy property there surely?
Quite a few people here in Australia would like to live in Bali which is a popular holiday destination for us. But they do not allow foreigners to buy property & to reside there you must employ some locals, perhaps a maid & a gardner. That is Indonesia of course. Perhaps Thailand have different rules.

dontheturner Aug 30th 2018 8:39 am

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Originally Posted by aries (Post 12556279)
Hello Don . . . yesterday I saw a programme on TV of Brits being shown modern houses to buy in Thailand, they looked incredible for the money compared with the UK. Lovely scenery too, and prices for fruit and vegetables were low in a market.

Hello Aries, You are correct - Having lived there for five years, with my Thai Wife, I can confirm, how reasonable it is to live there. I did have a house built there, by my Wife (She organised and supervised) but SHE owned the land. - I could own the property, but never own the land. - No problem - we gave it to her daughter, she sold it - and if and when we return, she will buy one for us.

dontheturner Aug 30th 2018 8:46 am

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Originally Posted by black swan (Post 12556351)
I think that Brits would need a Visa to live in Thailand. It would not be easy to buy property there surely?
Quite a few people here in Australia would like to live in Bali which is a popular holiday destination for us. But they do not allow foreigners to buy property & to reside there you must employ some locals, perhaps a maid & a gardner. That is Indonesia of course. Perhaps Thailand have different rules.

Hello Black Swan , Getting a visa, is fine - On initially landing, you automatically get a 30 day Visa. You can never own land. So you need , say a 30 year Lease, then build what you wish.. If you are , say older, then you can obtain a Non-O Retirement Visa - Renewable Annually. Do look-up Thailand Embassy website. Very straightforward....Will be doing that, should we return. Take Care, Don

BEVS Sep 3rd 2018 11:40 pm

Re: Over 40's Moving Back and Catching Up
 

Originally Posted by shelley748 (Post 12554757)


i hear you, we have no family in Canada, just us, no kids, no real friends...so keeping options open.

Yes. It is hard to pinpoint sometimes I feel. Perhaps it is that despite our very best efforts and willingness , our roots here have not grown.

We do have pals here but again, that all depends on what is viewed as a friendship as opposed to an acquaintance or someone you know that is friendly.
My husband is a plumber/gasfitter and so many people here like to be our friend. :sneaky:

I feel as if I retired to an aged community early. It's all veg gardens , knitting and rather staid past-times. For me it is all very dull.

I've done my aged time. I'd like to live a life for a bit whilst I still can.

between two worlds Sep 4th 2018 9:37 am

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12558216)
Yes. It is hard to pinpoint sometimes I feel. Perhaps it is that despite our very best efforts and willingness , our roots here have not grown.

We do have pals here but again, that all depends on what is viewed as a friendship as opposed to an acquaintance or someone you know that is friendly.
My husband is a plumber/gasfitter and so many people here like to be our friend. :sneaky:

I feel as if I retired to an aged community early. It's all veg gardens , knitting and rather staid past-times. For me it is all very dull.

I've done my aged time. I'd like to live a life for a bit whilst I still can.

That's tricky, BEVS. In adult life real friends get harder and harder to make, as well...it does sound staid, where you are....yet the upheaval of a move is also a deterrent, I am sure.

shelley748 Sep 28th 2018 7:54 pm

Re: Over 40's Moving Back and Catching Up
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12558216)
Yes. It is hard to pinpoint sometimes I feel. Perhaps it is that despite our very best efforts and willingness , our roots here have not grown.

We do have pals here but again, that all depends on what is viewed as a friendship as opposed to an acquaintance or someone you know that is friendly.
My husband is a plumber/gasfitter and so many people here like to be our friend. :sneaky:

I feel as if I retired to an aged community early. It's all veg gardens , knitting and rather staid past-times. For me it is all very dull.

I've done my aged time. I'd like to live a life for a bit whilst I still can.


yes we have "acquaintances" but no REAL friends. I often feel that I belong in the middle of the atlantic ocean, neither a UK person nor Canadian. I went back to see my Dad in May which was nice. My main observation was the sheer volume of traffic and how long it now takes to get anywhere in the UK. Hubby and I will keep an open mind and see what pans out I think.

scot47 Sep 28th 2018 8:41 pm

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Urban UK is misery. Every time I go to Glasgow or Edinburgh I vow NEVER AGAIN !

feelbritish Sep 29th 2018 3:31 pm

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We are wanting to move down to SW Dorset or Devon to get more peace and quiet but cannot sell house. Monday will be giving agents notice to pull the listing for the winter!

Perth Oct 1st 2018 9:39 am

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Originally Posted by feelbritish (Post 12570118)
We are wanting to move down to SW Dorset or Devon to get more peace and quiet but cannot sell house. Monday will be giving agents notice to pull the listing for the winter!

Oh no, how disappointing

aries Oct 8th 2018 9:13 pm

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Originally Posted by feelbritish (Post 12570118)
We are wanting to move down to SW Dorset or Devon to get more peace and quiet but cannot sell house. Monday will be giving agents notice to pull the listing for the winter!

Perhaps a different agent will be more successful. My neighbour has been trying to sell his flat for 6 months, but he’s optmistically and greedily asking £30,000 more than he paid last year, and there are a lot of properties for sale in Torbay. He’s already bought another flat in the area to live in, so although his patience is being pushed, he can afford to wait.


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