I'm originally from Brisbane, but currently live in Surrey. Came here for 1 year and 10 years later I've acquired a husband and a 3 yr dd
Looking at moving back next year though, would prefer dd start school there.
eidsvold, I've just moved back from the UK in Jan (only just got back online) I'm in Newcastle (NSW) and I was wondering the same thing....
How many mumsnetters are in Australia???
Anyone else out there????
I'm from Brisbane too but living in Oval, London, moving to East Dulwich next month. Is there anyone from Dulwich who knows any baby-friendly things to do there? Baby 5.5 month's old and have never been to one of those groups. Luckily she sees a childminder two days a week who takes her to them.
Eidsvold, how have you found it since being back? My dh is from Sth Africa so when we move back it will be all new for him. But we have really enjoyed our last 2 visits since having dd, & it seems much more childfriendly then the UK. I'm sure the weather helps that opinion though
we visited two years ago now when dd1 was about 8 months old - I also had two other trips home - dh and I came back to get married and I came back before we got married.
I can't believe how much development has gone on around where I lived/live. We moved back to the house I had bought and rented out - so that was nice - some familiarity. Can't believe the prices for real estate although the market is slowing. Love the weather - even managed to survive a lot of hot weather very pregnant - dd2 was born nov.
In a way it was like coming home - but as you know - friends move on etc - I am still trying to catch up with friends. Dh loves it - he has been exploring and we go off to check out different places for lunch or breakfast or just for a drive.
Definitely find it more child friendly - we tend to take the children everywhere... and of course the sunny weather is a bonus.
Hi Eidsvold - not there yet but will be in Townsville, QLD for a year from July. Given it was easier to enrol ds1 for P1 there than it was here in Scotland, I'm hoping for a v child-friendly year. Am beginning to appreciate just how big Australia is when I realised that meeting friends in Sydney for a long weekend will be like going to Greece from here for a long weekend...(they live in Manchester and quite frankly that seems like a long way at the best of times!).
Hannahsaunt, Scotland to Townsville, that's a bit of a change Have you been there before?
Eidsvold, the real estate prices scared us silly when we were out there in Dec03; our last visit in Oct04 they had calmed down a bit, but at least they are better than over here!
Anything you've found you miss from the UK?
Never been to Australia. Have been advised re: snakes, crocs, jellyfish and cyclones but too hot for beasties. Can't wait! Dh is working and I plan on "helping my family adjust" whilst scanning the travel agent for as many trips around as poss. Had wanted to buy a camper van but since advised against it. At the moment, though, it's all v stressful at this end, trying to get heads around mortgages, paying UK things whilst overseas, tax stuff etc. Can't wait just to be on the plane knowing it's all organised.
scully - other than family and friends - not really although I loved the distinct seasons that I had when living in England which I don't have now living in QLD. I liked the feel of the high street shopping rather than huge shopping centres ( although that too is contingent on the weather!!)
We loved the village we lived in and the life we had although I was working full time and dd1 was in nursery ( pregnant with dd2 at the time) Still the opportunities we are able to access here for dd1 ( who has downs syndrome) make it all worthwhile - as does the lifestyle we have here.
If I had to choose - prefer it here -just wish I could ship friends and inlaws here and it would be perfect
I always thought I would miss having Europe on our doorstep for travel, but since dd has arrived we haven't done much anyway.
Move time end of next year hopefully for us, just have to finish renovating and sell the house here first....
I just wish the diy fairy would visit and finish all the half done jobs
As for all the creepy crawlies hannahsaunt, good luck with those! I think that's one of the best things about the UK - the lack of small nasty things
dh had his first adventure with poisonous wildlife on Christmas day. He dragged dd1's paddling pool out of the garage and got it sorted for the girls to swim in - he comes upstairs to ask whether a spider with a red dab on its back is dangerous.... I had to explain about redbacks and what they look like and are. He came and asked me to check and sure enough - we had redbacks in our garage!! Strangely enough - first time I had seen one in real life too.
yes, I did realise suzywong is in Perth - shes a fair way away, 40 mins (far enough with 2 kids yelling in the car !) I am always interested to read what she writes about perth since having lived here all my life I find you just don't notice things - good or bad.
Jammydodger, where are you and are you from Perth originally? I am in the Morley area.