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A year later in Melbourne

Old Nov 25th 2006, 11:52 am
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Well almost...... our anniversary is on 30th November really, but haven't posted for a while, so thought I would put fingers on keys. Switch off now if you get bored by long posts !

Accommodation

We spent our first two weeks in a serviced apartment in Patterson Lakes overlooking the marina. We arrived just as summer began and so had 4 months of fabulous weather. We found a rental in Sandhurst that was brand new and signed up for 12 months. In hindsight, we panicked a little what with Christmas being around the corner etc. the house is gorgeous but just too far away from our chosen school etc, so I spend a lot of time driving. We put a deposit on a block of land in July and hope to get the title deeds by the end of the year so we can start building in January

Jobs

Hubby is a bricklayer and didn't look for work until after New Year. The construction industry seems to shut down until about the 3rd week in january, so there was not much about but he managed to get a job. He is now working for himself as a subcontractor for one of the main housebuilders. As the commonwealth games were held here this year, the school terms were all affected, so I didn't start looking for work until around April time. Managed to get a position within a week of looking so that was good.

Friends

Made some lovely friends, mainly through the school. In fact when we arrived, the school was just about to break up, but we asked if our daughter could go for the last 2 days of term, and in that time, we made friends who we then met up with during the summer holiday over Xmas. We actually socialise a lot more over here than we did in UK. Still you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince and it is the same with friends. I accepted every invitation put my way whether I wanted to or not to begin with. You soon find the people who you gravitate back to. I have aussie, kiwi, south african, canadian and British friends, but have to admit, you do have this affinity with other Brits to a certain degree. Same childhood music, that sort of thing. Also, you all know what each other has been through regarding the move etc.

My hubby never wants to go back to the UK and my daughter (although she took some time to settle) loves it here now.

HOMESICKNESS !!!!!!!!!

Well apart from my post entitled "What do you do when you can't stop crying", it has been a doddle !!! No seriously, it can be very hard. Mine kicked in when I realised that hubby had a new job, daughter was fine at school, but what did I have ? I had a great term time job in UK and had a great social network linked in to it and all of a sudden I was just on my own. I felt really guilty about not working, but on the other hand I wanted to be around for holidays etc for my daughter to make sure she settled in, and only wanted to work part time. Felt guilty about going to lunch etc when hubby was working but soon realised that here, socialising with your girlfriends tends to be a daytime affair.

Well, I started off doing voluntary work at Riding for the Disabled and then got us a puppy. He has been fantastic for all of us and he got us out and about meeting people. Then I got my job. This was enough to make me feel as if I was contributing and that I had a purpose in our lives. Also, you gradually become more familiar with things which makes life easier.

We have already returned to the UK for a visit as we came on a return ticket. My nan was ill and it seemed a waste not to use it. I was really worried about going back as I was scared I wouldn't want to come back to Oz. I needn't have worried. UK is lovely, but this is the next chapter in our life and I am enjoying the journey and all the new experiences that come with it.

Summary

Australia isn't better than UK, but it is different and they say a change is as good as a rest. We feel completely energised here and look forward to every weekend. The weather here makes a big difference. Although Victoria is not seen as a hot
state, it suits us. Lowest daytime temp this winter was around 12 degrees, but the winds can be freezing. Spring has been lovely - like a UK summer and summer is great if a little too hot perhaps, because you get down on the beach and make the most of it. My daughter has a horse out here and it is perfect weather for that and also cycling. And even when it is cold, the sun shines and you feel good. And if you can arrange to drive down Beach Road each day as I do, then you will feel fantastic !

I am very glad we had the courage to make this move. For those of you about to come out - it is very very difficult, but stick with it and the rewards are great xx

Just a couple of photos as a taster - sights from our school run and riding Australian style at Pony Club
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A good honest, no-frills post. Nice one!

Terrific photos, too.
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Fabulous...well done to you for sticking it out on the bad days (I remember that post).

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lovely post, really enjoyed reading it, hope things carry on going well for you & your family.
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Originally Posted by Izzy
Well almost...... our anniversary is on 30th November really, but haven't posted for a while, so thought I would fingers on keys. Switch off now if you get bored by long posts !

Accommodation

We spent our first two weeks in a serviced apartment in Patterson Lakes overlooking the marina. We arrived just as summer began and so had 4 months of fabulous weather. We found a rental in Sandhurst that was brand new and signed up for 12 months. In hindsight, we panicked a little what with Christmas being around the corner etc. the house is gorgeous but just too far away from our chosed school etc, so I spend a lot of time driving. We put a deposit on a block of land in July and hope to get the title deeds by the end of the year so we can start building in January

Jobs

Hubby is a bricklayer and didn;t look for work until after New Year. The construction industry seems to shut down until about the 3rd week in january, so there was not much about but he managed to get a job. He is now working for himself as a subcontractor for one of the main housebuilders. As the commonwealth games were held here this year, the school terms were all affected, so I didn't start looking for work until around April time. Managed to get a position within a week of looking.

Friends

Made some lovely friends, mainly through the school. In fact when we arrived, the school was just about to break up, but we asked if our daughter could go for the last 2 days of term, and in that time, we made friends who we then met up with during the summer holiday over Xmas. We actually socialise a lot more over here than we did in UK. Still you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince and it is the same with friends. I accepted every invitation put my way whether I wanted to or not to begin with. You soon find the people who you gravitate back to. I have aussie, kiwi, south african, canadian and British friends, but have to admit, you do have this affinity with other Brits to a certain degree. Same childhood music, that sort of thing. Also, you all know what each other has been through regarding the move etc.

My hubby never wants to go back to the UK and my daughter (although she took some time to settle) loves it here now.

HOMESICKNESS !!!!!!!!!

Well apart from my post entitled "What do you do when you can't stop crying", it has been a doddle !!! No seriously, it can be very hard. Mine kicked in when I realised that hubby had a new job, daughter was fine at school, but what did I have ? I had a great term time job in UK and had a great social network linked in to it and all of a sudden I was just on my own. I felt really guilty about not working, but on the other hand I wanted to be around for holidays etc for my daughter to make sure she settled in, and only wanted to work part time. Felt guilty about going to lunch etc when hubby was working but soon realised that here, socialising with your girlfriends tends to be a daytime affair.

Well, I started off doing voluntary work at Riding for the Disabled and then got us a puppy. He has been fantastic for all of us and he got us out and about meeting people. Then I got my job. This was enough to make me feel as if I was contributing and that I had a purpose in our lives. Also, you gradually become more familiar with things.

We have already returned to the UK for a visit as we came on a return ticket. My nan was ill and it seemed a waste not to use it. I was really worried about going back as I was scared I wouldn't want to come back to Oz. I needn't have worried. UK is lovely, but this is the next chapter in our life and I am enjoying the journey and all the new experiences that come with it.

Summary

Australia isn't better than UK, but it is different and they say a change is as good as a rest. We feel completely energised here and look forward to every weekend. The weather here makes a big difference. Although Victoria is not seen as a hot
state, it suits us. Lowest daytime temp this winter was around 12 degrees, but the winds can be freezing. Spring has been lovely - like a UK summer and summer is great if a little too hot perhaps, because you get down on the beach and make the most of it. My daughter has a horse out here and it is perfect weather for that and also cycling. And even when it is cold, the sun shines and you feel good. And if you can arrange to drive down Beach Road each day as I do, then you will feel fantastic !

I am very glad we had the courage to make this move. For those of you about to come out - it is very very difficult, but stick with it and the rewards are great xx

Just a couple of photos as a taster - Port Phillip Bay, sights from our school run and riding Australian style at Pony Club

from one Issie to another....fantastic your living the dream ...go girl xx
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Thanks for sharing - I love hearing how people are getting on!
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Great post, very interesting to read an honest opinion of almost a year in Melbourne. We are hoping, praying and all fingers crossed that we can migrate to Melbourne as well later in 2007, after only recently submitting our visa application back in October. Thanks for taking the time to explain how things have gone for your family, and my wife loves the idea of horse riding as she owned many horses before we started a family around 9 yrs ago and would love the chance to start again, lovely pics...

I hope you continue with your dream and I can assure you it's alot better than the UK, as it's changing all the time over here and sadly I think for the worse!!!!.

We did spend 6-wks in Melbourne last Xmas with a few cousins staying in North Essendon, and had an unbelievable time and also visited Sydney, Gold Coast and finally the Whitsundays as part of our travels, and it was amazing... Roll on next year if we get a positive result !!!!!!!!!!

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Great post Izzy! Keep posting - Glad to hear that you are feeling better

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[Wow!!!!!

I remember reading the post 'what do u do when u can't stop crying',- we were just thinking of the idea of moving to australia and had only just discovered BE site.

Its fantastic that things have turned out good for you and u are all happy.
That really has put a smile on my face.


Hope you all have many more years enjoying it over there.
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Great post, thanks for taking the time to write it. We are hoping to have a look at Melbourne next October.

Gorgeous horse. Hope you continue to enjoy life in Oz.

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Originally Posted by Izzy
Well almost...... our anniversary is on 30th November really, but haven't posted for a while, so thought I would put fingers on keys. Switch off now if you get bored by long posts !

Accommodation

We spent our first two weeks in a serviced apartment in Patterson Lakes overlooking the marina. We arrived just as summer began and so had 4 months of fabulous weather. We found a rental in Sandhurst that was brand new and signed up for 12 months. In hindsight, we panicked a little what with Christmas being around the corner etc. the house is gorgeous but just too far away from our chosen school etc, so I spend a lot of time driving. We put a deposit on a block of land in July and hope to get the title deeds by the end of the year so we can start building in January

Jobs

Hubby is a bricklayer and didn't look for work until after New Year. The construction industry seems to shut down until about the 3rd week in january, so there was not much about but he managed to get a job. He is now working for himself as a subcontractor for one of the main housebuilders. As the commonwealth games were held here this year, the school terms were all affected, so I didn't start looking for work until around April time. Managed to get a position within a week of looking so that was good.

Friends

Made some lovely friends, mainly through the school. In fact when we arrived, the school was just about to break up, but we asked if our daughter could go for the last 2 days of term, and in that time, we made friends who we then met up with during the summer holiday over Xmas. We actually socialise a lot more over here than we did in UK. Still you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince and it is the same with friends. I accepted every invitation put my way whether I wanted to or not to begin with. You soon find the people who you gravitate back to. I have aussie, kiwi, south african, canadian and British friends, but have to admit, you do have this affinity with other Brits to a certain degree. Same childhood music, that sort of thing. Also, you all know what each other has been through regarding the move etc.

My hubby never wants to go back to the UK and my daughter (although she took some time to settle) loves it here now.

HOMESICKNESS !!!!!!!!!

Well apart from my post entitled "What do you do when you can't stop crying", it has been a doddle !!! No seriously, it can be very hard. Mine kicked in when I realised that hubby had a new job, daughter was fine at school, but what did I have ? I had a great term time job in UK and had a great social network linked in to it and all of a sudden I was just on my own. I felt really guilty about not working, but on the other hand I wanted to be around for holidays etc for my daughter to make sure she settled in, and only wanted to work part time. Felt guilty about going to lunch etc when hubby was working but soon realised that here, socialising with your girlfriends tends to be a daytime affair.

Well, I started off doing voluntary work at Riding for the Disabled and then got us a puppy. He has been fantastic for all of us and he got us out and about meeting people. Then I got my job. This was enough to make me feel as if I was contributing and that I had a purpose in our lives. Also, you gradually become more familiar with things which makes life easier.

We have already returned to the UK for a visit as we came on a return ticket. My nan was ill and it seemed a waste not to use it. I was really worried about going back as I was scared I wouldn't want to come back to Oz. I needn't have worried. UK is lovely, but this is the next chapter in our life and I am enjoying the journey and all the new experiences that come with it.

Summary

Australia isn't better than UK, but it is different and they say a change is as good as a rest. We feel completely energised here and look forward to every weekend. The weather here makes a big difference. Although Victoria is not seen as a hot
state, it suits us. Lowest daytime temp this winter was around 12 degrees, but the winds can be freezing. Spring has been lovely - like a UK summer and summer is great if a little too hot perhaps, because you get down on the beach and make the most of it. My daughter has a horse out here and it is perfect weather for that and also cycling. And even when it is cold, the sun shines and you feel good. And if you can arrange to drive down Beach Road each day as I do, then you will feel fantastic !

I am very glad we had the courage to make this move. For those of you about to come out - it is very very difficult, but stick with it and the rewards are great xx

Just a couple of photos as a taster - sights from our school run and riding Australian style at Pony Club

Hi Izzy

A great post. Good to hear how it went when you went back to UK that soon, we're thinking of that as a few rellies are quite old, but I guess everyone handles it differently. Hope the next year is just as good
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Hi Izzy

We are new on this forum, only posted a couple of replies so far. I can completely understand what you have been through because i have already done it here in New Zealand. We arrived here in November 2005 (Christchurch), hubby started work straight away (also a bricklayer). Was worried about son starting school not know anyone, but he hit it off right away and has loads of friends. I struggled getting work for about 5 months and felt exactly the same way you did (and cried a lot too). Finally got a job but hated it, but that led to another far better job that i do like.

Problem is, we are simply not making enough money here, we are struggling and we both have good jobs. So we are now thinking of applying for visas to Australia and scouring this forum for info. I've looked at the job website and there seems to be lots of work available for me in Melbourne (our preferred city) as a legal secretary (16 yrs experience), but we have read mixed reports about jobs for brickies there. Your post has given me a bit more hope, most seem to say Perth has all the work, but i would rather go to Melbourne.

Is your OH still doing well in the brickie business? Any help or advice would be appreciated
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An interesting read Izzy. It must feel more worthwhile when you've come through some tough times.

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Hello,

Lovely post.

I've found being a dog person really handy - on our first evening here we talked for over half an hour to one lady (and her dogs) in the park. She even gave us her phone number in case we needed anything.

Since our dog has arrived it's been even better - there aren't many springer spaniels around so I get people asking me all the time what he is, which generally leads into a mutual doggy chat.

Our daughter is starting pony club next week - and can't wait to ride on a beach. Isn't life grand.
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