Welcome to our little corner of the blogosphere and our brand spanking new blog *love is your compass* run by sisters Anna (that’s me) and LJ (the new mama). If you’d like to know a bit more about why we’ve started this blog check out the About page where we reveal all (^_^). If you’re thinking “eh but there’s loads of blog posts before this one!!!” that’s because the clever folk at wordpress.com let me import them from my old blog.
It’s coming up to 3 months since Big Dutch (my hub), our 2 siamese cats (Maru & Luna) and I emigrated to the very wonderful city of Melbourne and settled into our lovely rented Victorian weatherboard a mere stones throw from LJ, Tom and their son (who we affectionately refer to as Mr Magoo).
Starting afresh is an interesting feeling – part exhiliration part pain in the butt – there’s nothing that can really prepare you for how it feels to go back to the drawing board. It’s different from being left behind when you say farewell to those leaving for far shores because everything is new and fresh leaving little time for missing one’s old life.
For us, the first couple of months disappeared in a blur of dealing with all the shenanigans of starting over on a new continent. Fortunately we were immensely lucky (seriously this is comparable to winning the lottery if you now how hard it can be to rent with pets in Melbourne) and managed to organise a great rental accommodation before we left the UK. That just left us with the task of acquiring transport, a few sticks of furniture (we started off with the grand total of 2 bean bags from King Kahuna…those bean bags were a life saver!),
Visiting our fur babies in quarantine twice weekly (that’s all we were allowed), purchasing bits and bobs (from Ikea some things don’t change), connecting up utilities (this can be a bit of a chicken and egg situation when you don’t yet have official aussie documentation), registering with various places (driving licenses, national insurance, doc, dentist, taxman etc) and meeting and greeting new neighbours ….Oh and purchasing the obligatory gas-fired BBQ….yep you really aren’t a pseudo-aussie until you have one!
By month 3, we were reunited with the few sentimental bits and bobs we shipped from the UK and the cats were allowed home from quarantine so we were finally able to settle in as a family and revel in the delights of our new life downunder (^_^)
Life is pretty damn good here…the weather is a welcome change to the rain and snow we left behind in the UK, the food is a delight to the taste buds and generally folk are friendly and laid back. In my next post I shall share some of my Melbourne discoveries.