The elephant in the room – Coronavirus

After our plans screeched to a halt back in June when my husband was diagnosed with possible MS, it all went quiet on the moving front. Once he had got the all clear we were really torn. It was my job and our mortgage and our families vs Melbourne. Coronavirus is what really inspired usContinue reading “The elephant in the room – Coronavirus”

Why Australia?

Today I thought I’d write about our motivations for moving. Partly to share but also I thought it would he interesting to look back and see if our hopes live up to the reality (if we ever get there!!). It started out really because my husband had always dreamed of living abroad, either temporarily orContinue reading “Why Australia?”

Nearly up to date

After moving into our new house in September and trying to settle back into the idea of UK life, we had a fairly uneventful few months. I had changed job in September and wasn’t happy there, so by October I had lined up a new place with a promotion to start in January. We celebratedContinue reading “Nearly up to date”

Best laid plans

So it’s 1st January 2018 and our visa has been granted. We’re both pretty shocked as a 3.5 month turnaround is incredibly quick. I was the main applicant and my husband, then ‘de facto’ partner, turned to me and said words to the effect of “I can leave you now, you’ve served your purpose” andContinue reading “Best laid plans”

Happy new year!

We had been granted permission to apply for a visa in August 2017 and thankfully we had already looked into most things so it was a matter of submitting lots of paperwork, as much of the hard work was done the year before. Best example was that I had sat an IELTS (English proficiency test)Continue reading “Happy new year!”

Let’s Go Again

A year of thinking and discussing and we’d decided we definitely wanted to give Australia a go. We had been looking at visas and had considered taking a state sponsored one as they were a lot cheaper. With my qualifications/career (secondary teaching) I knew that Perth was a good option as they have a teacherContinue reading “Let’s Go Again”

Our first visit

Back in July/August 2016, we decided to go on a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ and go to Australia, where I have quite a lot of family, most of whom I’d either only met once or not at all. We flew via Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, partly because direct flights are more expensive and partlyContinue reading “Our first visit”