The story of how we moved to Australia has almost come to an end. If you don’t live in Australia but you want to, then your story has not yet begun. If you want it to begin, it has to start with an idea. Everything in this universe started with an idea, including the universe. (I think).
We had sold out home in England, we had arrived in Australia and validated our visas, we moved into our new Australian home and, of course, we had hit the beaches to relax. We were finally living in Australia. But something was missing. Our move was not fully complete. Let’s play spot the difference…….
Did you spot it? Yes, the furniture. If you remember, we loaded up a container with all our worldly goods just a couple of weeks or so before we flew out to Australia on a one-way ticket. In fact, the container left our house on Wednesday October the 24th. We were told we could have our furniture in Australia before Christmas “if we were lucky”.
We were probably quite the opposite, very unlucky. It wasn’t until January 21st that our stuff finally arrived. Even taking into account Christmas and New Years being in between, the 6 to 8 week delivery estimate had stretched to almost 3 months. At times we wondered if it had all got lost at sea! Believe me, that is not a pleasant thought.
That nasty thought aside, personally I wasn’t that bothered. To me it was actually a bonus that the furniture didn’t show up any earlier. As you can see from the two pictures above, I had a lot of decorating to do. Decorating in a house with no stuff is about twice as easy.
But as I mentioned in Elizabeth’s story, our little girl was struggling with the move and not having any of her toys made it really difficult for her to settle in. So January the 21st didn’t come soon enough for her. And by the end of January everything was unpacked and in place and all the boxes were gone.
At last it really did feel like home. Now our move to Australia really was complete.
And do we have any regrets about moving to Australia? None whatsoever. We absolutely love it here. Our lives are just so much better.
What do I miss about England? The pub and playing football.
That’s it. Nothing else. But instead of the pub I have plenty of barbecues both at home and out. Our social life is way better than it used to be back in England. And just recently I have started using our local sports club, not to play sports (that would be silly) – but to have a beer at the bar. About five or six of us meet in their every two or three weeks, so it’s like having my pub back.
And playing football?
Yes I miss it but I do not miss the injuries. At my age, it was about time I hung my boots up. A few weeks ago I had an email from one of my English pals, Alan, who I used to play football with. He tells me they are all injured! So much so that they have cancelled football for three months whilst they all recover. He is not convinced they all will.
Yes, I had hung up my boots at the right time.
If you’re thinking about moving to Australia I would say think no more. Do it if you can you – you won’t be disappointed.
For a full chronological list and brief description of all the posts in this series about how I moved to Australia, please visit my page How to Move to Australia.