Wanted Down Under - the one where we start by rooting for the family.

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MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 09:45:28
Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:46:38

Thanks for the new thread MrsR

DevaDiva Tue 12-Feb-13 09:46:45

Bloody hell they were brave! Glad they've gone, good decision

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 12-Feb-13 09:47:42

Very brave family.

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:48:05

Scary situation!

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 09:48:27

Oh gosh, imagine moving across the world then ending up without work, they must have been so stressed out! Doesn't bear thinking about...

ThenWeTakeBerlin Tue 12-Feb-13 09:48:57

Salbertina - Calling her a 'lump' sounded like a nasty dig at her size.

Jimmy's got a nice tan smile Really glad they made the move.

Did he just say his brothers there?

Passmethecrisps Tue 12-Feb-13 09:49:13

They look like different people!

He did, thats nice having family there already, glad hes not working with the misery brick man grin

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 12-Feb-13 09:50:05

Poor Mum and Dad having 2 sons in Oz.

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:50:37

Yes Dreams they said his brother was already out there.

Meglet Tue 12-Feb-13 09:50:43

They all look a lot healthier!

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 09:50:56

Yeah Dreams his rather dishy brother moved out a couple of years before they did.

Well, neither are hard on the eye, UKs loss grin. Whats that song, `where are all the nice men gone` la la la la

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:52:43

Really glad it worked out for them

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 12-Feb-13 09:53:15

They do look better and happier.

FriendofDorothy Tue 12-Feb-13 09:53:37

I thought they were a lovely family.

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:53:46

Boys sound Aussie already!

OMG, just realised what I said. DDs father ran away to Australia (still there) when dd was little, not nice! In his case `Austrialias loss` grin

ThenWeTakeBerlin Tue 12-Feb-13 09:54:35

Cut baby grin

ThenWeTakeBerlin Tue 12-Feb-13 09:55:11

*Cute. Duh.

SomeBear Tue 12-Feb-13 09:55:28

I love the way these lovely families pop up every few episodes. Missed the beginning but I'm glad they seem settled. Sounds like they went out with their eyes open rather than than a blind expectation that Australia will fix everything.

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 12-Feb-13 09:56:13

They're all good looking boys!

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:56:30

The boys are the image of their dad smile

Meglet Tue 12-Feb-13 09:57:07

That does make me want to get the DC's surfing but I wimp out every year in cornwall.

Passmethecrisps Tue 12-Feb-13 09:57:32

I like their attitude. They were realistic - so often the families seem to think that everything will be easy because the sun shines

Well, that was a good un`

MunchkinsMumof2 Tue 12-Feb-13 09:58:18

Ah, lovely family and lovely story < warm and fuzzy>

Horsemad Tue 12-Feb-13 09:58:32

A nice episode! I knew they'd gone so it was interesting to see how it went for them.

MrsJREwing Tue 12-Feb-13 10:01:03

Nice the brothers are working together.

xxDebstarxx Tue 12-Feb-13 10:09:45

What a lovely episode! grin
About time after some of the depressing ones that have been on hmm

susiedaisy Tue 12-Feb-13 11:37:40

Just marking my place although will miss wearing my judgey pants and tutting!! wink

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 11:58:01

Sure we're just starting by rooting for the family today, I'm sure we'll be tutting soon enough grin

DizzyHoneyBee Tue 12-Feb-13 12:05:24

I can't wait to watch it later, they sound lovely! I have 6 episodes to watch, I will have a Wanted down under fest when I have a child free morning in half term smile

Salbertina Tue 12-Feb-13 14:19:32

So pleased worked out for them! He seems lovely and a real grafter. She grew on me slightly- admitted she was happier having work also and certainly seemed healthier. Good for them.

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:16:51

Morning, looking at the snow outside, moving to Oz is looking very appealing.


Bright sun here in London Mrs, would like a bit of snow smile

Oh, another one wanting to leave a teenager behind, will tut already

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:20:12

Morning! Can't believe she would even contemplate leaving her 14yo behind shock

Why does everyone go Perth? exaggerates

Is the teenager not his then?

Well that is Fremantle, not Perth.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:22:06

Good morning.

Snowing here.

Cannot think that leaving a 14 year old will work.

What do they both do again? Missed that.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 13-Feb-13 09:22:37

Leaving a 14yo? shock

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Wed 13-Feb-13 09:22:47

HIm - Security manager
her - senior nurse

She is a nurse, not sure about him..

So to sum up, hes not leaving anything behind, job, family or child TUT TUT

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:23:04

Why even contemplate leaving her daughter? Why is the daughter living at friends part time and not with Grandparents, if they don't get on?

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:23:14

dreams girl is from previous relationship.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:23:40

Can you even legally leave a 14yo?

Right, just had a look and Port Kennedy is well over an hour south of Perth.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:25:24

Interesting decor - a sumurai sword and teddy bears

Poor poor daughter, shut out from her family. What a difference to that girl the other day who was worried about leaving her step sisters.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:26:15

I suppose you can munchins but why is she not living with family? It would class as a private fostering arrangement officially

Thanks Pass, words fail me really I hope this is all for the tv prog because if not how could the relationship between her and her daughter not be damaged if she is seriously thinking of leaving her at 14?, putting him before her!?

Your not a family love if you leave her behind! Gah

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:28:18

I missed the daughter's age - she's FOURTEEN? Good grief, how could you bring yourself to leave a fourteen year old behind?

I detest the snow, especially when I'm sat here at 38 weeks and imagining DH getting stuck at work or unable to get the car out to go to the hospital. EEK!!

Meglet Wed 13-Feb-13 09:28:27

Do these people not remember what it's like being 14 confused. I can't think of a worse age to up sticks and move across the world.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:28:45

Dreams, maybe that's why the dd lives elsewhere, maybe due to Mum putting her hubby first.

Ooh exciting Mrs Reiver!

Oh Mrs, lets hope it thaws soon then for you!

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:31:20

My Mum left me albeit just for 4 months at 14yo and it was truly hideous and damaged my relationship with her.

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:31:23

It's to turn to sleet later so it won't be around for long grin

Yes love, they have childcare in Australia. She's pissing me off.

I have a step dc MrsJ and dh is SF to my one, I just cant imagine leaving any of them, does sound as though the may be a problem there already.

He seems quite nice. It would seem that she is pushing it..

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:32:12

Omg - uk vote just now due to weather hmm thought was ginally thinking should take responsibility for her daughter angry

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:32:18

All the more reason just to put you feet up mrs reiver!

Ok, so no daughter and no job . . . What does she get out of it?

Munch sad My gran left my mum at 2 and didnt see her until she was 15, mum never got over it. Perhaps that why I`m so grr about this.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:33:39

lovely extention.

Nice kitchen though

Where they from?

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:34:46

Omg! They have added no value to their house!

Do they not get how selfish they seem?

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:35:17

I found it really difficult and since I've had my dc, I couldn't imagine ever leaving them.

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:35:43

I actually think social services wd have something to say about this - shes a minor and mau live with "family friends"?? wtf angryangry

Arithmeticulous Wed 13-Feb-13 09:36:00

Miserable cow.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:36:12

Lovely kitchen in their house.

YY Munch, my mum was always very close to us, I think she just never understood how her mum could do that.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:36:43

I love Wanted Down Under!! I think she is a bit of an arse. I can't imagine contemplating leaving my daughter behind.

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:36:46

Or cd be sensationalist editing and father in background??

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:36:55

"Small town mentality"


Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:12

Hello all. Thanks for the new thread MrsR.

Only just switched today's on. Bit confused already.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:17

Yes, Dreams it has had that effect on me and my parenting.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:26

Can't make my mind up about these two confused

Do they not do any research before they go?

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:45

I hate this bit.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:39:25

'Gobsmacked and devastated'. sad

She isn't going to miss her mum then.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:40:18

oh he has a Brother!

She loves her baby Brother!

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:40:20

We've decided it's forbidden Horse

Nice to see everyone else is concerned about Amy, just not her fecking mother.

There is problems with the daughter, say and sort it mum! Listen to her.

fergoose Wed 13-Feb-13 09:40:53

I must admit I am finding this very uncomfortable viewing sad

Arithmeticulous Wed 13-Feb-13 09:40:58

"I'm too young to be independent"

Indeed you are sad

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:41:49

Very strange mother/daughter relationship sad

Tough decision? umm no its not, fgs

Poor girlsad

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:42:19

Why didn't they at least take the daughter over with them to see it? Sounds like they want to leave her

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:42:21

Surely forcing the 14yo to go is more favourable than leaving her????

Neither good but is she for real??? Moving away from your teenage daughter is just WRONG!!!

Tut tut tut tut tut

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:42:51

This is wrong, wrong, WRONG on so many levels.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:42:59

Yes I am afraid I am tutting too.

Oh my word, they need family counselling urgently

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 13-Feb-13 09:43:34

That poor child. Abandoned much! She clearly doesn't want them to go.

Why can't the boys have a good life in the uk?

TCforTopCat Wed 13-Feb-13 09:43:41

Normally just lurk in this thread.
But this is awful
"I am too young to be independent"

She is, she needs her mother.
Lois is mother to all of them not just 'the boys'

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:43:44

Whether the boys are enough???? You don't have kids to replace other kids. These two need a slap across the face with a wet fish.

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:44:10

That just seemed false to me hmm

"I can't fix the situation with Lois and Amy"

sad sad

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:44:50

why are the boys more important than the dd?

This is a bit close to the edge for tv really, she is saying some terrible things like `my drive is for my boys` this is terribly upsetting. I hope its just awful editing.

Meglet Wed 13-Feb-13 09:44:57

It seems the little boys (who would be happy anywhere and don't have friends to leave behind) are more important than a 14yo with a social life and education.

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:06

OMFG!! they voted Aus.

Why??? FFS

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:21

I feel so sorry for her daughter, she's being sidelined by her baby brothers.

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:24

Nice, after Amy tells them she doesn't want to be left alone they still vote for Australia.

Maybe Amy is better off with out her.

No, they didn't leave her...please

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:26

Eh what?


Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:33

OMG - no daughtersad

ScrambledSmegs Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:34

Bloody selfish arseholes angry

I hope they took Amy.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:34

Nasty taste in my mouth sad

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:41

I can't believe they have gone!

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:57

Whaaaaaaaaaat?? They emigrated, wtf?

Meglet Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:06

You are shitting me! they went sad.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:09

Really?? My gob I truelly smacked

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:13

Wow. Just.... wow.


Hopefully they are going to spring the dd up?

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:42

Where are the photos of her daughter as well???

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:59

Poor little girl.

badguider Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:06

I think there's a lot to this they're not telling us... It seems that the mother and daughter were already estranged. Where is the daughter's father? Is she with him by any chance?

Arithmeticulous Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:06

Nice to see your house? WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHILD?

Think Amy has been edited out of their lives.

Where is she now?.

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:11


BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:15

It's as tho she never existed.

BillOddiesBeard Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:39

How just how did they make that decision?.......

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:40

Thats right, cede all responsibility.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:49

Not at 15 you don't?

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:57

Are you kidding me??? You're her mother, you tell her what is best for her!!!

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:58

shock Let her make the decision? At 15?

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:15

Not at 14. Too young to make mistakes like that. Crap mother.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:20

I loathe this woman. Way to justify your complete lack of love for your daughter.

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:43

Why couldnt they have waited a couple if years ffs

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:49

DS is 14 this year. i just couldn't. shock

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:50

Holy crap. Lois has one fucked up attitude to parenting.

I find that really really sad.

In fact , the mother is a grade a bitch. And I Never say that.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:07

She's grown up a lot because she had too, you selfish mare.

She desperately trying to justify this isnt she

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:16

Leaving Amy wasn't a bloody barrier!

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:23

I'm disgusted of West Yorkshire.

fergoose Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:34

terrible - she is trying to justify it. Wrong on every level. Poor daughter sad And he seems quite heartless about her.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:39

Poor daughter, forced to grow up too soon.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:49:58

I'm actually astounded that she left her daughter. What a selfish woman.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:50:00

An hour's commute? Where are the children?

I`m afraid I could go and give her a slap myself. Selfish selfish woman.

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 13-Feb-13 09:50:30

Oh look, she helps people...other than her own daughter.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:50:31

She's content? They are mental.

I do wonder how much of this story isn't being told.

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:50:37

How ironic that she's in the care industry.

And she is picking up an Aussie accent.

I am fuming. What about that poor girl left at home?!

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:51:41

Wonder how old mother is? She looks young as do her parents so maybe she had her daughter young and can't cope.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:51:44

Oh Crikey she has picked up an awful accent.

Overcooked Wed 13-Feb-13 09:51:47

It was hardly the 14yolds decision, the decision was come with us or stay here, not come with us or we'll stay here with you - selfish twats, that woman's relationship with her daughter will never recover.

He seems nice but i wonder if he is controlling...

TCforTopCat Wed 13-Feb-13 09:51:52

So she cares for damaged young people but can't see the damage she is inflicting on her own daughter.

I don't think you have to be a trained nurse to call an ambulance

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:51:54

DS just said that Scone - he said she sounds ridiculous grin

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:52:24

I am literally speechless at the selfishness of this woman, there's no pictures of Amy.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:52:28

She wouldn't even know if her daughter was back in the UK taking drugs.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 13-Feb-13 09:52:30

I want to hear from the daughter. I bet she wouldn't put such a positive spin on being ABANDONED BY HER MOTHER.

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:52:37

This reminds me of an acquaintance of mine who lives in India but has left her eldest dc here. He's 10.

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:06

Mother is such a narcissist enabled by him- all about her feelings at leaving her daughter not her daughter's. unbelievable!

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:07

half an hour as a Mum a day.

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:42

I cannot believe it. Surely if she was that determined to go she should have MADE her dd go with them. Not good but better than "dumping" the poor kid.

Do you think there is a back story - maybe DDs Dad wouldnt approve her leaving the UK because its strange she did not even go on the visit.

Even so - if that was the case they should have stayed UK.

Selfish gits.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:53

She had to call an ambulance and it was really emotional.

Yet she could leave her daughter.

Holy crap she is dead inside

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:54:57

I think it's very telling that Amy didn't say she loved or would miss her Mum, what has happened between them?

yeah your right, your children have a label here, yep I`d label your daughter as ABANDONED

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:56:06

She actually couldn't give a shit about her daughter. It's all about 'The Boys'.

hugoagogo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:56:06

I just fired up my laptop, just to whinge about this awful woman.

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:56:18

She's sounds more Brummie when she's with her dh

Do you know what makes me even crosser? They have stolen that poor girls brothers as well.

I want to throw stuff at the tele.

your right Binary

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:19

Right decision for ALL of her children.


Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:20

shock And this was the thread where we rooted for the family. sad

Blimey, that has put a downer on my day.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:37

The right thing for all of her children?? You keep telling yourself that love.

Meglet Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:39

The right thing for all of her children hmm. How?!!

BinarySolo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:42

Persecution complex. People label you before they know you.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:50

The daughter doesn't even live with Dad or GP, she lives with friends.

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:58:05

Wow - that was a shocker!!

I also noticed there were hardly any pics of the daughter on that dresser behind them. sad Or if there was I missed them.

Lollybrolly Wed 13-Feb-13 09:58:33

Feel really depressed now.

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 09:58:58

Just thinking who i could leave DS1 with when I emigrate. That's a lot for a 'family friend' to take on. Isn't that um, 'adoption'?

Right, I am off to unpack some more boxes - coincidentally from Australia. And curse under my breath at the kind of people who can leave a child behind and then brag that they never had a doubt for a minute about doing it.


hugoagogo Wed 13-Feb-13 09:59:07

I am sure her daughter is better off though.

susiedaisy Wed 13-Feb-13 09:59:14

Coming in at very last moment, and i remember this couple from first time round, the mother is hard person with cold eyes IMO, I couldn't take to her at all,

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 09:59:28

This has really annoyed me angry

Can't believe how selfish they are.

The right thing for all your children indeed?. Wonder what Amy thinks of that pronouncement?.

Think this woman gave up on her daughter as a bad lot and has pinned all her hopes instead on her three boys. I wonder what they will think of their mother when they are old enough to realise.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:00:27

I just can't believe it, I don't think Amy's Dad played a part as she would have lived with him if he had prevented her from going. I miss my children when they're at school blush I just can't comprehend the thought process of leaving your child 12,000 miles away. She had put me in a bad mood and brought back sad memories, grrrrrr.

I hope Karma comes and bites her, she really is beyond awful.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 10:00:50

Yy re. the mother's eyes Susie

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 10:01:17

Did they sell or rent the UK house?

Munch, don't let it upset you too much. You are not that woman and your children are all the better for it.

Munch, ((hug))

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 10:04:08

I actually might complain to BBC- they've normalized, trivalised -and got entertainment from - child abandonment. How dare they!

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 10:04:35

The Mum reminded me of Liz Jones looks wise.

Don't be upset Munch. <hugs>

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:04:45

Ah thank you Scone, I just don't think you ever get over your Mum leaving you. I have forgiven my Mum now as she had an abusive childhood so was trying her best to be a good parent to us with limited resources.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 10:05:01

I don't get why the GP didn't take Amy in? probably they are just as bad. Maybe Amy is doing well because she is away from them, it seems they were the problem.

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:06:06

X post, thank you for the hugs.

Sal, I think you should. There may well have been more to it than came across in the programme, but the simplification and normalising of abdicating all parental responsibilities is so wrong.

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 10:07:07

DH just said to me

"Tell you what. Why don't we emigrate to Australia? Take jobs which aren't the same, pay less and require longer commutes. We will send money back home to pay for the mortgage of our house which is in negative equity. Oh, and we will leave DD with the neighbours."

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 10:08:12

I think there is so much more to this. Would love to know.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 10:09:18

Has anyone checked FB yet?

Passmethecrisps Wed 13-Feb-13 10:11:11

And I am sorry to say that Amy is likely to struggle for a long time. She is being 'allowed to make her own mistakes' which pretty much means given no support and no direction. She is doing business at college but doesn't like it and actually wants to be a hairdresser. I suspect she will bounce from thing to thing for years looking for somewhere or something which makes her feel she belongs.

Lois doesn't seem willing to actually act as parent which makes me suspect she knows the damage is already done as is now focussing all her attention on the boys.

Very sad.

Also sad for all you ladies who had similar stories

hugoagogo Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:09


MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 10:15:11

We started by rooting for the family.

I found Lois and Wayne on facebook - they're still in Melbourne, can't find Amy though.

Horsemad Wed 13-Feb-13 10:18:30

She's probably 'divorced' them MrsR

Davros Wed 13-Feb-13 12:40:20

Just marking my place so u can find this thread easily when I watch today's on catch up.

MrsJREwing Wed 13-Feb-13 15:05:49

Is Amy not on their fb friends list? thought they spoke on the internet daily?

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 15:16:36

What is the Amy story, seriously? Did they lose custody of her for some reason unmentionable on air? Hence "friends" story? There must be something. Parents cannot abandon 14 yr olds in this way.. Wonder if she's bern fostered? She's owed a futy of cate by at least somebody -social services, parents, carer. But her bloody awful, inexcusably selfish, mother "is allowing her to make her own mistakes" as if she owes her nothing and said daughter is 24 not 14!! hmmhmmbiscuitbiscuit

He sympathises with mother's suffering at leaving child, not the child's suffering. Was revolted by those self-pitying crocodile's tears.

They are the very worst family i have ever seen on any reality tv show (and thats saying something! However articulate, well mannered and respectable they seem

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 15:21:17

Whoops- someone owes Amy a duty of care was what i meant

MrsReiver Wed 13-Feb-13 15:23:40

She's not on his list, and hers is private MrsJR

Sparklingbrook Wed 13-Feb-13 15:29:49

She is actually worse than the Mum in the 'poor Brendan' episode and she was shocking.

idshagphilspencer Wed 13-Feb-13 17:21:06

Very bizarre set up, but I thought the daughter was now 16 hence why they could "leave her". Still dont understand it though sad Also don't get the obsession with a better future and more outdoor living.

Salbertina Wed 13-Feb-13 17:28:30

She was 14 at the start - when they did a trial of her living w friends as a possible permanent move while they went to oz.. Then all of 15 when they were revisited. she was abandoned/left aged 14/15

DizzyHoneyBee Wed 13-Feb-13 20:40:05

Gosh, having read all this makes me wonder what on earth she is going to be like! Just starting watching now - freedom of choice?! She's 14.

So this one seems to be a revisiting a previously revisited family.

I've confused myself there..

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:17:27

Rugby Union > Rugby League.

That is all.

Talking to myself sad

Phew! Morning MrsReiver

So they wanted a house and they showed them a flat!

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:20:46

Morning, hoping for a less contentious episode today!

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:21:08

Morning Scone am consigned to my mobile today as DS has taken control of my laptop so I will be a bit slower than normal.

Not sure what to make of this lot, they seem keen and have the support of their family so why haven't they done it before now?

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:21:42

Oh that's lovely.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:24:04

Seems a bit harsh to show them a flat when they want a house and then make out like she is being picky.

Ok. If he earns 30 grand here, similar standard of living means he needs around 75k Aussie dollars.

Yikes, that is a lot less than he needs. Not sure why hE doesn't realise that.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:27:43

All he can see are weekends off.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:28:40


I`m just feeling a bit meh about this family

Yup. Forty grand less than you thought must be a shock.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:31:09

I'm the same Dreams, I don't really care if they move or not smile

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:34:35

I couldn't leave a grandchild.

I just couldnt leave one of the kids even when they completely do my head in!

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:36:42

I don't know, the world is a lot smaller these days, but I'm used to members of my family being scattered all over the world.

Not 20 mins of them in England now is it

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:37:34

He is a very noisy breather.

Floralnomad Thu 14-Feb-13 09:37:46

I definitely wouldn't go without my kids

I could happily leave anyone else Mrs, but not my children, but I could understand if they left if that makes sense grin

Passmethecrisps Thu 14-Feb-13 09:40:48

Missed the start.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:41:57

He's only saying that so his parents will go, he doesn't want to stand between them and their dream.

They seem determined to go

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:42:46

You've missed absolutely nothing Crisps. A total non event of an episode.

And they have

poor mum, loses her husband then the daughter, thats hard for her

ooo walk in warbrode, aha thats why they went

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:45:20

Hmmm. Foot think I could leave my mum if she had just lost my dad. sad

Im not really getting this one, tbh, how can this be a better life rattling around in a big house but no family at all

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:47:19

Ten minutes to go, they're really going to milk this aren't they?

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:47:49

So they've left 2 young sons, a recently widowed Mum, a sick Dad and a little granddaughter, selfish much?

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:48:05

Ooh they're so popular, they're always gettin invited out.hmm

I`m sure you can jet ski in UK

and in the winter shock

Floralnomad Thu 14-Feb-13 09:48:46

Oh so you can't jet ski in the UK ? All you do is sit in and watch TV . Sad ,sad people .

Meglet Thu 14-Feb-13 09:50:12

'We've never ever been without them'.

That's the idea when you have kids.

They don't seem very happy TBH.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:50:17

Everytime they say Honey Lily I hear Honolulu.

Passmethecrisps Thu 14-Feb-13 09:51:53

Don't get this. So they are there but now talking about returning?

Meglet Thu 14-Feb-13 09:52:09

I've seen people jet-skiing on the Solent in the Winter. Beautiful views and you don't need to spend 24hrs on a plane to do that.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:53:29

Oh how cute are Young Son and his girlfriend?

Passmethecrisps Thu 14-Feb-13 09:53:35

I honestly don't get the insistence that te UK has no outdoor activities

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 14-Feb-13 09:53:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsReiver Thu 14-Feb-13 09:54:33

Is that Honey Lily's art work on the walls?

I have an outdoor picinic bag and I do barbies in the uk you know smile

ha ha rain

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:56:41

Mmm BBQ in the rain, living the dream you are.

Passmethecrisps Thu 14-Feb-13 09:57:14

Honey Lilly just made DH cry!

Floralnomad Thu 14-Feb-13 09:57:32

How sad is standing under an umbrella doing a barbecue !

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:58:48

Ah, you have a sweet dh Passme

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-Feb-13 12:48:01

Hi. I have Sky + todays but-

Should I watch?
Will I like the family?
Will I care if they go or not?

Aftereightsarenolongermine Thu 14-Feb-13 13:25:23

Right have watched yesterday & today's back to back. Was screaming at mum & stepdad from yesterday's episode. & oh Nicky gets on my tits. How on earth can she come out with the drivel that she does 'great for the family' yeah but not the poor child left behind. I loathe the pseudo mother crocodile tears & all. I don't do Facebook but I would be so tempted to post something on their page if I did.

As for today's I sort of got why they were going as older son wanted to go & they didn't want to find that they left it too late but they didn't seem that happy to me. Each to their own but I couldn't leave my kids.

Bue Thu 14-Feb-13 17:36:42

shock I can't believe there is such an active thread about this program. Thanks all for giving me my chuckle of the day!

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-Feb-13 17:37:39

Ooh are you a secret WDU watcher Bue? grin

It's the watching and tutting that works for me Bue grin

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 08:45:51

Finally carching up on yesterday's episode before today's.

Couple left me cold, tbh. They just seemed so "Meh!" about everything But looks like they're managing.

Am a bit envious of their rental house and the fact that they've managed to make loads of new friends so soon after emigrating...

Er..you couldn't stop running a pub here?

The daughter is spot on!

oooo nice house

Lovely. But it is raining!

oh dear 220 wont buy them that house!

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 09:22:05

Going to miss her childhood with long working hours? The child's alteady 10...

PetiteRaleuse Fri 15-Feb-13 09:25:03

That sea view was amazing.

you cant really let a child dictate what you do though can you.

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 09:26:18

Is Dad wearing eye makeup?blush

Whats he going to do out there?

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:27:45

certainly looks like he does.

cute baby

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:28:18

I liked the first house. 'We like being at the centre of things'. You live in a village!

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:29:14

sometimes i think all these families need is a good holiday!

It sounds like they need a change of job above all else.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:30:05

The daughter has said it!! HA HA.

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 09:30:07

I would happily take house #3, thank you.

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:30:36

Kids seem more switched on than the parents!

BillOddiesBeard Fri 15-Feb-13 09:30:54

Very articulate kids.

I dont see any reason why they shouldnt go, they`ve not leaving a child behind like evil woman, I`d be up for an adventure

Do you think the seven year old has been reading us?!

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 09:31:36

I'll take the baby, too. smile

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:31:43

fish and chips by the on a rainy windy day - NZ an obvious choice then!

His trousers are distrubing me, they`re a bit `grandad` trousers grin

scone grin

Why does he think running a vineyard would be less work than a pub??

It is his affinity for pink jumpers, shirts etc that is concerning me!

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:33:44

Glow white trainers too! grin

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:34:12

I can't see why he can't change occupation in the UK?

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:34:52

Pink shirts? Eye make up? Priscilla?

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:35:48

More money for more hours!!!!

no point to go if they both have to work long hours

I dont think they`ll go

Why go and work long hours and weekends?

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:37:03

Hmm so he voted for long hours and weekends and his wife working full time!!!

Makes sense ......not!

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:37:25

He seems a bit selfish. Just persuing his dream and not at all about spending more time with family. Surely with his wife having to work full time that's a worse quality of life!!

Bur, but, but - he said he wants to go to spend time with his family and then says he doesn't mind working long hours and working for minimum wage.

He just has a pipe dream and is trying to find excuses to go.

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:38:22

How are they going to get a visa? on her teacher's job?

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:39:18

Has he picked up a slight twang to his accent already?

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:39:26

I don't think he wants to spend more time with the family.

Its amazing how quickly they pick up the accents Binary grin always makes me laugh.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:40:09

I am not keen on him. Cant put my finger on it but there is something I dont like!

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:40:31

Follow my dream and my priorities

No this is about the family, this is his dream

I don't like him much either.

Back to mum feeding the baby while he leans against the kitchen worktop too.

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:42:05

Her Dad looks twenty years younger than her Mum.

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:43:16

Is it that he's a bit of a knobber, lolly?

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:43:56

He is really pissing me off now.

I wonder what he thought/thinks when he watches this back.

grin at binary!

He thinks hes peter stringfellow running his bar

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:44:56

Yes Binarysolo, I think it is grin

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:45:00

I think he will leave her if she doesn't agree to go.

wearing his eyeliner

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:45:16

I bet he was always chatting up the ladies

Soo drumroll....

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:47:07

He is like a walking catalogue model with his clothes!

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:47:23

He has that Man at M&S look about him.

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:47:27

My dh just said 'reading: living the dream!'


Blimey someone has got to take control of his dressing, shiny shoes with jeans!

LavenderBombshell Fri 15-Feb-13 09:48:03

Izzy - the voice of reason

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:48:18

well respect to them for realising Izzy was right all along!

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:49:03

his gym membership I bet.

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:49:38

At least he's stopped scowling.

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:50:58

Smarmy sales rep.

I don't like that tie/shirt combination <shallow>

fergoose Fri 15-Feb-13 09:52:17

I like the mum - she seems nice.

sailorsgal Fri 15-Feb-13 09:52:24

I think this one is a repeat. I'm sure I have seen it before.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:53:38

I cant see him camping!!!

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:53:51

I've warmed to them in the last few minutes actually.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:53:56

Another shirt - he has gone floral now!

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:54:38

I thought that lolly. Bet he means glamping...

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:54:44

I like Mum just puzzled as to how she ended up with him.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:55:14

Nice pears on their tree though!

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:55:28

glad they stayed in UK.

Beautiful garden.

didldidi Fri 15-Feb-13 09:56:16

Well I think alot of them could find a solution to their problems without going to the other side of the world!

Meglet Fri 15-Feb-13 09:56:27

Yes, they look really poor now hmm.

Lollybrolly Fri 15-Feb-13 09:57:15

Those kids were not kitted out in Primark were they!

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 09:58:03


BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 09:58:35

Yes meglet they can't even afford to go skiing. sad

ssd Fri 15-Feb-13 09:59:52

why do people need to take a week out and be on telly to re evaluate their lives confused

I do it all the bloody time

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 10:00:32

Free holiday innit?

ssd Fri 15-Feb-13 10:00:43

the mum this week was nice though, just dont get all the "we have no money but are much happier", couldnt they have worked that out before?

ssd Fri 15-Feb-13 10:01:55

solo, I've often thought that too, maybe we should try it havent had a holiday for years and years, maybe we should go on the telly so i can think about the bleeding obvious

Vagndidit Fri 15-Feb-13 10:02:22

If that is what "having no money" looks like, then God help the rest of us in this country.angry

ssd Fri 15-Feb-13 10:03:52

yeah no money now means kids dont go skiing every year

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 10:24:54

Before the 80's average people didn't have loads of holidays abroad. In a few years they will have three in school and she can teach full time again if she wants.

SomeBear Fri 15-Feb-13 10:43:35

I'm a bit "shruggy" about this family. Glad they didn't take on a vineyard but I do feel sorry for them not having a new car and having to go camping... And the humiliation of having to change postcodes. hmm
(Good job I'm not bitter about the ancient car outside my house. I do love my tent though!)

Passmethecrisps Fri 15-Feb-13 10:47:59

Blimey! Only caught glimpses of the programme thanks to poorly baby! but who needs to watch it?

Anyway, my thoughts were:

Why do people assume they will be able to pick up new skills and jobs while also having more family time? A bloody vine yard? Eh?

Izzy seemed precocious yet eminently sensible. Surely it shouldn't take a small child saying "couldn't we do nice things in the UK? Couldn't daddy get a different job in the UK?" For you to realise that this is a total nonsense.

Right, I have decided that I fancy a wee holiday. I have categorically no interest in moving to Australasia but I can pretend. All I need to do is keep repeating the phrase "it's just a better quality of life"

Passmethecrisps Fri 15-Feb-13 10:49:46

I know somebear! I was shock at that comment. How does a child know about such things? I mean, what was their postcode R1C H1E ?

BinarySolo Fri 15-Feb-13 13:18:00

I think there was a slight edge of pride when the parents said about the postcode the said 'she's a snob'

Where does she get it from?!

Sparklingbrook Fri 15-Feb-13 13:32:24

Just watched. I think the girls were churning out what the parents had been saying TBH.

MrsJREwing Fri 15-Feb-13 13:37:28

Or what friends or relatives talk about, she did seem very grown up for her age, maybe she is an earwig child.

My seven year old ds talks like that. Not necessarily ear wigged although it could be of course.

Aftereightsarenolongermine Fri 15-Feb-13 19:10:59

They didn't seem a match to me. She's too sensible &too nice for someone like him.

Glad they stayed. Well done Izzy for pointing out the obvious.

DizzyHoneyBee Sat 16-Feb-13 08:45:52

I've heard a lot of things said about Reading but really biscuit
Spot on Izzy though....

I could imagine them moving somewhere like Northumberland after all the talk, but Reading?!!

What did the single mum with two boys do about NZ in the end? The end didn't record sad

BookFairy Sat 16-Feb-13 23:26:40

Dizzy they stayed in the UK and seemed happy.

I just caught up with Thursday. Why are people so dilusional about what they will be able to afford? 5 bedrooms/big garden/pool/spacious "living space".... I love the cat's bum mouths when estate agents value their property. Surely you should do this yourself so you have a general idea!

DizzyHoneyBee Sun 17-Feb-13 14:30:43

Thanks BookFairy (love your name BTW).
It only takes minutes on right move to get an idea of house prices, no reason not to check.

Maybe I should go on the programme and say I am selling my semi and emigrating to Australia and want a house like this and then act all disappointed when my house doesn't get valued at the right amount grin

BookFairy Sun 17-Feb-13 23:30:57

Do it!!!! grin

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:06:12

is anybody watching it this morning?

I am, ready to tut grin

Passmethecrisps Mon 18-Feb-13 09:16:33

I'm on it

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:16:46

LOL...me too, and it didn't take long - another one considering leaving a child behind.

Passmethecrisps Mon 18-Feb-13 09:17:07

Oh! I don't mean that I am actually on the programme. Just that I am on watching it.

Katz Mon 18-Feb-13 09:17:29

I'm in, couple of days holiday so can watch and chat live!

Passmethecrisps Mon 18-Feb-13 09:18:01

Haha! I immediately tutted on the leaving behind. She is a bit older though and seems quite mature right now

SomeBear Mon 18-Feb-13 09:18:07

Morning! I'm ready to tut too. (Also realised how shallow I am as I do love their UK house...)

They are really gorgeous kids though

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:20:50

me too, love the kitchen

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:21:18

horrible garden...

dawntigga Mon 18-Feb-13 09:21:22

am unsure why, if you have that life, you'd want to move ANYWHERE.


Dont like that house

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:22:55

Much prefer their current house, what a letdown to the one they are viewing now.

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:25:15

"only one bathroom" shock

Katz Mon 18-Feb-13 09:26:29

The producers were totally wrong with these houses

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:27:08

room for a pool in that garden

dawntigga Mon 18-Feb-13 09:27:43

It gets me when these families go to Aus/NZ and they complain about the inside of the house but will take a small garden, you spend most of your life OUTSIDE, it's one of the reasons for leaving! And decor being awful means painting people.


<skids in late>

So where are they looking today?

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:28:56


Floralnomad Mon 18-Feb-13 09:29:04

I never realised town planners were in demand.

What exciting Brisbane fact shall I bore you with today then?

How about when we moved there bananas were $17 a kilo?

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:30:44

Surprise us Scone smile

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 18-Feb-13 09:31:17

Planners earn a lot less there...I can't see them going.

shock scone!

Crikeyblimey Mon 18-Feb-13 09:31:26

Do these people not do these sums / research before they actually start looking at houses? First time I've watched so no clue really!

Floralnomad Mon 18-Feb-13 09:32:29

Can't see how they can afford to go .

dawntigga Mon 18-Feb-13 09:32:36

The food prices in Aus never fail to make me do this face shock then this face hmm then this face again shock

But then they have to be imported.

That girl has the best figure ever!


Crikey, it is obviously part of the sign up for this show that you research nothing grin

Arithmeticulous Mon 18-Feb-13 09:32:48

what a contrast with the lot that buggered off without the teenager shock

DevaDiva Mon 18-Feb-13 09:33:32

Just tuned in.
OMG I know this woman, she did some 'consultancy' work for me once. She's a bloody nightmare.