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Our First year In Adelaide! (Bit of a long one!)

Our First year In Adelaide! (Bit of a long one!)

Old Feb 2nd 2008, 12:49 pm
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Well yesterday was the official anniversary of a year in Adelaide, but to much celebrating & drinking going on meant that the thread would of made no sense at all!!

We cant believe that a year has gone past already, and we have achieved so much as a family, I wont bore you all with the finer details and much has been documented on here but needless to say we look back on the last few months and see what we have achieved as a family and re-instates that moving here was the best thing we ever did!

As I always say to mates here in Oz and mates in the UK, we were happy with our lives in the UK, nice area, nice house, nice schools, and brilliant mates, but there was something missing, that made us both want a bit more out of life! I couldnt of told you what it was 12 months ago and to be honest I cant tell you what it is now, but we are so much happier here in Oz, with so many more opportunities for the whole family available!

It hasnt been easy at times all the way from arrival to here, and we had set ourselves some goals along the way, but the goals we wanted to achieve over a 2-3 year period we have achieved within a 12 month period, something we would never of been able to do in the UK!

My husband has taken the longest to settle out of all of us and that does seem strange as it was always him that wanted to come and me that said no for many years, but he has finally settled into his new life and he regularly says he wouldnt return to live in the UK now!

We were talking the other day and if we had stayed in the UK we would probably of just plodded on the last 12 months and more than likely been happy but they call Australia the land of opportunity and it certainly has been for us! Kids are both settled in really good schools, we have a lovely house with so much here, a very valuable pool on these hot days we have a fantastic new caravan which we have already had so much fun in exploring our new country, and finally we bought a company, met a whole heap of great new friends both English and Aussie, and now lead a much more sociable, friendly, de-stressed easy fun life!!

We have achieved even more than this, but it starts looking like a "Oh look at us and what we have type thread" and for those that know us we are sooooo not like that!! Needless to say we have done extreamly well for ourselves, far greater than would of been achieved in the UK!

My Nan always said to beware of the first person that rushes to be your friend in a new situation, and that has been very true, as our only bad experience has been meeting that "first" person on arrival, but in a way I am thankful for that experience as it made us make sure we were more selective with our friendships and now we have a fantastic bunch of mates.

I do have friends here that hate it and want to return to the UK, and I will always say that in this life to give something a go rather than let an opportunity go by you is far better, but to move to Australia without doing any research I find amazing, this and other sites like it are very valuable sources of information when you are still at the planning stage and also when you first arrive, but again it still amazes me that people take everything taken on here as 100% absolute truth reading some threads there are many that stretch the truth just a little!!

When we were still in the UK and I would come on here and read threads about Adelaide, people really slagging it off and it would really worry me, but digging a bit deaper they had never even been to Adelaide and had simply read someone elses comment and copied it, so what I am trying to say is dont believe everything before you get here, I have read many threads that have been stretched just a little!!

We love the lifestyle here, everything is on our door step, 20 mins into the city (if all the traffic lights stay green!!!) 20 mins to the beach, 5 mins into the country, huge entertainment centre, stuff on for the families every weekend everything is accessable. I do miss Next (thank god for UK Ebay) and also Tesco (NEVER thought I would say that, but it is the variety I think) but I would never in a million years swap everything we have here to return to the UK!

I hope this email helps someone I used to love reading others threads, but anyway I have rambled on for long enough, here is to the next 12 months being more of the same for us and for all those still here and those still to arrive!!

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Thanks for that! It's nice to get the updates and to hear that things are going well for you. We're landing in Adelaide on the 18th April...am very excited but scared too!
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what a lovely post good luck to you..adelaide is good to me too....
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Lovely post, glad things are going so well for you all!
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Lovely post, glad things are going so well for you all!
great post.. although i'm off to sydney... briliant for you!!!
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Congratulations on acheiving your goals well done and may you continue to enjoy
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Congratulations on your first year.

Well done on everything you have achieved. Guess you'll have to set new goals for your selves now.
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nice post, congrats on the 1 year anniversary

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Lovely post - pleased that all is good
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Guess you'll have to set new goals for your selves now.
Well I had planned a nice quiet year, relaxing and enjoying my new life, but OH has other ideas with this new business, apparently he needs me to work to!!
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Well I had planned a nice quiet year, relaxing and enjoying my new life, but OH has other ideas with this new business, apparently he needs me to work to!!
LOL. I knew you would never have a quiet life - it would be boring anyway wouldn't it??
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Hi Sham, What a great post and yes your story has helped someone!!!
We plan to emigrate and are just doing the research into where we want to go. Have been researching Victoria but now are looking at the comparisons of Adelaide. If you dont mind me asking could you suggest a few areas to look into that would be great for families and not too far from the beach? Ide be really grateful. We are planning to come out soon to have a look around and get a feel of the place. Thanks a lot.
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Hi Sham, What a great post and yes your story has helped someone!!!
We plan to emigrate and are just doing the research into where we want to go. Have been researching Victoria but now are looking at the comparisons of Adelaide. If you dont mind me asking could you suggest a few areas to look into that would be great for families and not too far from the beach? Ide be really grateful. We are planning to come out soon to have a look around and get a feel of the place. Thanks a lot.
Well we are North of Adelaide (about 20-25 mins from the beach) in an area called Greenwith, so nice areas around here would be Greenwith, Golden Grove, Wynn Vale, near to the beach most brits seem to settle in and around Hallet Cove area! All those areas have lots of work and good schools, shopping, nice houses etc etc
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Really good post. Thanks for sharing with us. We hope to come to Adelaide soon.
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'My Nan always said to beware of the first person that rushes to be your friend in a new situation, and that has been very true, as our only bad experience has been meeting that "first" person on arrival, but in a way I am thankful for that experience as it made us make sure we were more selective with our friendships and now we have a fantastic bunch of mates.'


Your Nan was so right!!!!!! We had the same experience and are all the more wiser for it.
Congrats on your first year
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