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Old Jan 25th 2007, 11:46 am
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Can't believe weve been here over 3 weeks already! thought id let u all know how we are getting on from sunny Brisbane!
Well 3 weeks ago we said our goodbyes to England and arrived in Bris 2nd Jan, met by Hilary6 and hubbie Keith (who i might say have been really really great to us)! couldnt done it with out them), we have managed to do so much within that time. We are renting our 4 bed bungalow in Redland Bay which is a lovely area, have bought a car, bought loads of furniture, (we decided to only ship 40 boxes over here and leave all the big furniture which im pleased we did now (apart from a few things), weve furnished the house for about $15000 dollars, most of the furniture is cheaper here! lots of cheap furniture stores around!
We drove down to Sydney which took about 12 hours (not much fun with 3 kids in the back of the car)! wish we had flown! We picked our dog up from quarantine (so to everyone who is worried about their dogs flying over dont be), Louie was in perfect health, he is nearly 9 but when we got him he looked like a puppy again, lost 5kg and had been bathed. It was brilliant when we got him as he went berserk at us, so so happy!!
The kids have all settled well so far, they have all joined football clubs and a golf club, they have made friends and seem happy. They all start school next week so only time will tell!
The uniforms where the boys are going are hillarious, havent gone down too well with the eldest, he cant wear any hairgel and has to wear a lovely wide brimmed hat!lol and cant get my head round having to buy every single piece of school equipment they will need for the year including exercise books, writing books, pens papers u name is you have to buy it!
it still feels like a holiday at the moment but will start looking for work next week. anyway good luck to everyone with the move, so far its being great and the 1 thing i recommend is getting msn set up before you go with a webcam and microphone, its been the best invention ever (well apart from Sat Nav that is)LOL!
take care all Jox
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Can't believe weve been here over 3 weeks already! thought id let u all know how we are getting on from sunny Brisbane!
Well 3 weeks ago we said our goodbyes to England and arrived in Bris 2nd Jan, met by Hilary6 and hubbie Keith (who i might say have been really really great to us)! couldnt done it with out them), we have managed to do so much within that time. We are renting our 4 bed bungalow in Redland Bay which is a lovely area, have bought a car, bought loads of furniture, (we decided to only ship 40 boxes over here and leave all the big furniture which im pleased we did now (apart from a few things), weve furnished the house for about $15000 dollars, most of the furniture is cheaper here! lots of cheap furniture stores around!
We drove down to Sydney which took about 12 hours (not much fun with 3 kids in the back of the car)! wish we had flown! We picked our dog up from quarantine (so to everyone who is worried about their dogs flying over dont be), Louie was in perfect health, he is nearly 9 but when we got him he looked like a puppy again, lost 5kg and had been bathed. It was brilliant when we got him as he went berserk at us, so so happy!!
The kids have all settled well so far, they have all joined football clubs and a golf club, they have made friends and seem happy. They all start school next week so only time will tell!
The uniforms where the boys are going are hillarious, havent gone down too well with the eldest, he cant wear any hairgel and has to wear a lovely wide brimmed hat!lol and cant get my head round having to buy every single piece of school equipment they will need for the year including exercise books, writing books, pens papers u name is you have to buy it!
it still feels like a holiday at the moment but will start looking for work next week. anyway good luck to everyone with the move, so far its being great and the 1 thing i recommend is getting msn set up before you go with a webcam and microphone, its been the best invention ever (well apart from Sat Nav that is)LOL!
take care all Jox

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Glad to hear you are getting sorted. Good luck with the job hunting.

Keep us posted, I love hearing peoples settling in stories.

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Give him a few weeks and he'll be glad about that wide brimmed hat!



Welcome and glad you're settling ok.
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Glad to hear that you are settling well. Best of luck with the job hunting.
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Great to hear you're all settling in so well
Good luck with the job search, (you ought to have had bit more of a holiday first though )
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Really pleased that things are going really well for you.
I would be interested to hear how the kids get on at school, settling in and making friends.
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Welcome. I think you need to change your location on your profile!
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Can't believe weve been here over 3 weeks already! thought id let u all know how we are getting on from sunny Brisbane!
Well 3 weeks ago we said our goodbyes to England and arrived in Bris 2nd Jan, met by Hilary6 and hubbie Keith (who i might say have been really really great to us)! couldnt done it with out them), we have managed to do so much within that time. We are renting our 4 bed bungalow in Redland Bay which is a lovely area, have bought a car, bought loads of furniture, (we decided to only ship 40 boxes over here and leave all the big furniture which im pleased we did now (apart from a few things), weve furnished the house for about $15000 dollars, most of the furniture is cheaper here! lots of cheap furniture stores around!
We drove down to Sydney which took about 12 hours (not much fun with 3 kids in the back of the car)! wish we had flown! We picked our dog up from quarantine (so to everyone who is worried about their dogs flying over dont be), Louie was in perfect health, he is nearly 9 but when we got him he looked like a puppy again, lost 5kg and had been bathed. It was brilliant when we got him as he went berserk at us, so so happy!!
The kids have all settled well so far, they have all joined football clubs and a golf club, they have made friends and seem happy. They all start school next week so only time will tell!
The uniforms where the boys are going are hillarious, havent gone down too well with the eldest, he cant wear any hairgel and has to wear a lovely wide brimmed hat!lol and cant get my head round having to buy every single piece of school equipment they will need for the year including exercise books, writing books, pens papers u name is you have to buy it!
it still feels like a holiday at the moment but will start looking for work next week. anyway good luck to everyone with the move, so far its being great and the 1 thing i recommend is getting msn set up before you go with a webcam and microphone, its been the best invention ever (well apart from Sat Nav that is)LOL!
take care all Jox
Hi Jo

Great to hear you are there, and all going well. Could I trouble you for the name of the company you shipped your dog with please? So nice to hear they looked after him so well!

Good luck with everything - and enjoy the sun!

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hi Vicki, we used Par Air to ship the dog over, they are based in Colchester but i think they will pick up if you need them to. Louie is such a pet and we were really worried about sticking him in kennels but he was really looked after and as I said has really settled nicely! There are quite a few companies that ship them over, I think another one is Golden Arrow.

Thanks everyone else for your messages, will keep you updated!
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Originally Posted by joanneS View Post
Can't believe weve been here over 3 weeks already! thought id let u all know how we are getting on from sunny Brisbane!
Well 3 weeks ago we said our goodbyes to England and arrived in Bris 2nd Jan, met by Hilary6 and hubbie Keith (who i might say have been really really great to us)! couldnt done it with out them), we have managed to do so much within that time. We are renting our 4 bed bungalow in Redland Bay which is a lovely area, have bought a car, bought loads of furniture, (we decided to only ship 40 boxes over here and leave all the big furniture which im pleased we did now (apart from a few things), weve furnished the house for about $15000 dollars, most of the furniture is cheaper here! lots of cheap furniture stores around!
We drove down to Sydney which took about 12 hours (not much fun with 3 kids in the back of the car)! wish we had flown! We picked our dog up from quarantine (so to everyone who is worried about their dogs flying over dont be), Louie was in perfect health, he is nearly 9 but when we got him he looked like a puppy again, lost 5kg and had been bathed. It was brilliant when we got him as he went berserk at us, so so happy!!
The kids have all settled well so far, they have all joined football clubs and a golf club, they have made friends and seem happy. They all start school next week so only time will tell!
The uniforms where the boys are going are hillarious, havent gone down too well with the eldest, he cant wear any hairgel and has to wear a lovely wide brimmed hat!lol and cant get my head round having to buy every single piece of school equipment they will need for the year including exercise books, writing books, pens papers u name is you have to buy it!
it still feels like a holiday at the moment but will start looking for work next week. anyway good luck to everyone with the move, so far its being great and the 1 thing i recommend is getting msn set up before you go with a webcam and microphone, its been the best invention ever (well apart from Sat Nav that is)LOL!
take care all Jox
Hello, cool to get an up date from down under.we are at the begining of the process, but thinking ahead talking about areas we would like to live and decided no more than 40 km out of brissy, and like the look of redaland bay on line but was wondering what it is like in reality....you sound like you like it! are the kids going to the public school? or private? any info would be great......also probably taking dog, she will be nine bythe time we get the visa...hopefully so cool to know that yours is all ok! cheers loux
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Can't believe weve been here over 3 weeks already! thought id let u all know how we are getting on from sunny Brisbane!
Well 3 weeks ago we said our goodbyes to England and arrived in Bris 2nd Jan, met by Hilary6 and hubbie Keith (who i might say have been really really great to us)! couldnt done it with out them), we have managed to do so much within that time. We are renting our 4 bed bungalow in Redland Bay which is a lovely area, have bought a car, bought loads of furniture, (we decided to only ship 40 boxes over here and leave all the big furniture which im pleased we did now (apart from a few things), weve furnished the house for about $15000 dollars, most of the furniture is cheaper here! lots of cheap furniture stores around!
We drove down to Sydney which took about 12 hours (not much fun with 3 kids in the back of the car)! wish we had flown! We picked our dog up from quarantine (so to everyone who is worried about their dogs flying over dont be), Louie was in perfect health, he is nearly 9 but when we got him he looked like a puppy again, lost 5kg and had been bathed. It was brilliant when we got him as he went berserk at us, so so happy!!
The kids have all settled well so far, they have all joined football clubs and a golf club, they have made friends and seem happy. They all start school next week so only time will tell!
The uniforms where the boys are going are hillarious, havent gone down too well with the eldest, he cant wear any hairgel and has to wear a lovely wide brimmed hat!lol and cant get my head round having to buy every single piece of school equipment they will need for the year including exercise books, writing books, pens papers u name is you have to buy it!
it still feels like a holiday at the moment but will start looking for work next week. anyway good luck to everyone with the move, so far its being great and the 1 thing i recommend is getting msn set up before you go with a webcam and microphone, its been the best invention ever (well apart from Sat Nav that is)LOL!
take care all Jox
HEY YOU!!!!!!

nice one mate

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Old Jan 27th 2007, 10:28 am
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OMG Jac how r u? long time no speak! have you had that little girl yet? ru on your way back out here yet?lol
nice to hear from u Jo x
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Yes mate - Eve was born 27 Nov and she is a beauty - 3 girls!! YIKES!!

now my hormones have calmed down we are certainly giving serious consideration to coming out there again glad things are great with you guys - keep in touch.
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hi loux yep Redland Bay is lovely, its next to Victoria Point, Thornlands and Cleveland! Cleveland is a little livelier and is more central cause of the train station but if youve got a car its only bout 15 minutes to Cleveland anyway! (well it takes us longer cause we keep getting lost)!lol but Redland Bay is a very pretty place and is an up and coming area, apparently new shops etc are being built very soon and the views of the bay are stunning!
The kids start at school next Tuesday, eldest two are going to Carmel College and youngest to St Ritas, both are catholic schools and i think semi private (i know that cause its costing a fortune with uniforms books etc)!lol
feel free to email me loux if you need any info! and yeh bring the dog with you as i said ours is nearly 9, didnt think he would make the journey but he was fine and is now like a pup! jox
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