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Cant believe almost 2 yrs here in OZ!!

Old Dec 20th 2009, 3:54 am
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Default Cant believe almost 2 yrs here in OZ!!

Where has the time gone? In March 2010 we will have been living (and loving) our life here in OZ!
What can I say? Its fantastic would be a start I guess.
All the family love it, including the eldest who is currently here from Otago on his Xmas/New Year break.
He is already planning his move to Canberra, like us he has found loads of new friends. We all have a full on hectic social life and things just could not be better. Our UK visitor has been with us for 3 months, he left today, and already he is hooked on Canberra, is planning selling up his business in London and moving across here where he plans another business.
Hubby and I have fantastic well paid jobs, and we have never looked back since leaving NZ in March 2008. Its definately our best move ever.
We just moved into our own home and adopted a cat that lived 3 doors away, lol it left home and decided it wanted to live with us. The owners were moving away to another part of the city, so Bella the cat is our new addition to the family. She's just gorgeous.
Hope everyone is enjoying life in OZ as much as we are, its been worth all the heartache we had in NZ to finally be at peace here and loving every minute of every day.
Hope everyone has a great Xmas and New Year and we look forward to another 25 years or more living here in Canberra. We just LOVE it!
Merry Xmas everyone.
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Sounds excellent, well done.
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I'm sure Bella is looking forward to her Christmas turkey.

Merry Christmas, thanks for the lovely write up
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What a really upbeat & lovely post!

Merry Christmas!
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Old Dec 22nd 2009, 11:58 pm
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What a really upbeat & lovely post!

Merry Christmas!
Many Thanks everyone. Emigrating isnt for everyone and some people move to OZ and hate it. We had such a miserable time in NZ, OZ was our last shot before going back to the UK. So we went for it and have never looked back.
Our friends list grows daily and we do not have enough hours in the week to find time to visit all our friends which is a pity as some have become very close friends and we have much planned next year with some which is going to be very exciting!
We can say we definately made the right choice in coming to OZ and especially Canberra.
Hubby never stops saying how much he loves Canberra and Australia.
Merry Christmas everyone and hope all your plans and dreams come true whatever they may be.
PS Yes Bella will enjoy her turkey! LOL Spoilt madam she is..lol
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My old neighbour in NZ ( a Brit) rings me up often for a chat as she misses our cuppa's and chats.
One thing she said to me last time we spoke a week or so ago was that she has not heard me say one negative thing about life here in Australia. So she asked me to name one thing that I could find fault with here.
After a 10 minute pause or so....I still couldnt find one! LOL
In the end I just said 'the damn flies'...LOL
Bring on 2010!! Cant wait.
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One other thing that happened since moving to OZ.
Years ago in the Uk, I lived 3 doors away from a couple and their 2 younger children, plus their eldest daughter from a previous marriage who my sister mated around with.
These 2 young kids, Julie & Tony were my 'babies'. I used to look after them when their parents went out.
At the tender age of 5 and 8 years old, they emigrated to Australia, I was about 14/15 then.
I longed to follow them and still remember looking at their empty home the day after they left in the UK. How sad I was.
I knew they moved to Perth and although I saw the mum again when she visited her eldest daughter back in the Uk, I never saw Julie and Tony again.
I never forgot them.
Anyway, long story short, my nephew in the Uk mates around with another old neighbour in the same street I grew up in.
He told me had had Julie's contact.
I got in touch with her, not sure if she would remember me and blow me down she did!
It turns out she is in Wollongong, about a 2 hour drive from me, her brother lives about a hour away from her and both parents are still alive and are wanting to meet up again.
So, we plan a trip during the hols to Wollongong to see Julie, Tony and their parents.
I am really really pleased to be finally seeing my 'babies' again!
Although they are in their late 30's and early 40's now!
A dream come true.
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Originally Posted by Rascal View Post
One other thing that happened since moving to OZ.
Years ago in the Uk, I lived 3 doors away from a couple and their 2 younger children, plus their eldest daughter from a previous marriage who my sister mated around with.
These 2 young kids, Julie & Tony were my 'babies'. I used to look after them when their parents went out.
At the tender age of 5 and 8 years old, they emigrated to Australia, I was about 14/15 then.
I longed to follow them and still remember looking at their empty home the day after they left in the UK. How sad I was.
I knew they moved to Perth and although I saw the mum again when she visited her eldest daughter back in the Uk, I never saw Julie and Tony again.
I never forgot them.
Anyway, long story short, my nephew in the Uk mates around with another old neighbour in the same street I grew up in.
He told me had had Julie's contact.
I got in touch with her, not sure if she would remember me and blow me down she did!
It turns out she is in Wollongong, about a 2 hour drive from me, her brother lives about a hour away from her and both parents are still alive and are wanting to meet up again.
So, we plan a trip during the hols to Wollongong to see Julie, Tony and their parents.
I am really really pleased to be finally seeing my 'babies' again!
Although they are in their late 30's and early 40's now!
A dream come true.
What a lovely story...enjoy your visit & thankyou for sharing
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Excellent, very glad to hear you are still enjoying it.

I just find it incredible how two countries that get lumped together so often can be so completely different. NZ so negative, recession-hit, poverty stricken, low-waged and expensive, Australia so positive, upbeat and Westernized.

I know there are those who will disagree, but there are so many on this forum who have had the same NZ/Oz experience as you, Rascal and me, we can't all be wrong!

Here's to the next 25 years! And please let me know if you are going to be visiting Melbourne.

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Excellent, very glad to hear you are still enjoying it.

I just find it incredible how two countries that get lumped together so often can be so completely different. NZ so negative, recession-hit, poverty stricken, low-waged and expensive, Australia so positive, upbeat and Westernized.

I know there are those who will disagree, but there are so many on this forum who have had the same NZ/Oz experience as you, Rascal and me, we can't all be wrong!

Here's to the next 25 years! And please let me know if you are going to be visiting Melbourne.

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Buzzy, you make me want to visit (NZ) to see for myself!
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Buzzy, you make me want to visit (NZ) to see for myself!
Mate, a visit will just show you what it's like to be a tourist there. And it's actually a pretty good country to be a tourist in.

To really appreciate what me and Rascal have been through (and Rascal had it even worse than me) you have to live there.

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Mate, a visit will just show you what it's like to be a tourist there. And it's actually a pretty good country to be a tourist in.

To really appreciate what me and Rascal have been through (and Rascal had it even worse than me) you have to live there.

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Agree, nice for a holiday or weekend break. But living is different. I would be happy (but I will be happy where ever I live) but the rest of the family would be constantly remind me of how bad it is.

For a majority it would be the money (or lack of it) being the main reason for complaint. But its more than that its about horizons and poppy fields
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Lovely to read that you have found the place for you and your family.
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Agree, nice for a holiday or weekend break. But living is different. I would be happy (but I will be happy where ever I live) but the rest of the family would be constantly remind me of how bad it is.

For a majority it would be the money (or lack of it) being the main reason for complaint. But its more than that its about horizons and poppy fields
We have been here nearly six years now. We are not at all unhappy but I would agree with the comment about money and horizons. It can be very limiting.
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We have been here nearly six years now. We are not at all unhappy but I would agree with the comment about money and horizons. It can be very limiting.
I envy you Bevs, I would have loved to make it work there as so many of our family are there.

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