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Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:34 AM »
August 31
Just got transferred with work from Ashton to our new home in Karratha , Western Australia .
Now this is a town that knows how to live!
Beautiful, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings.
I watched the sunset from a deckchair by our pool yesterday.
It was beautiful.
I've finally found my new home.
I love it here.

September 13
Really heating up now.
It got to 31 today.
No problem though.
Living in air-conditioned home, driving air-conditioned car.
What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this.
I'm turning into a sun-worshipper - no blasted rain like back in Ashton !!

September 30
Had the back yard landscaped with tropical plants today.
Lots of palms and rocks.
No more mowing lawns for me!
Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
It's Paradise !

October 10
The temperature hasn't been below 35 all week.
How do people get used to this kind of heat?
At least today it's windy though.
Keeps the flies off a bit.
Acclimatizing is taking longer than we expected.

October 15
Fell asleep by the pool yesterday.
Got third degree burns over 60% of my body.
Missed three days off work.
What a dumb thing to do..
Got to respect the old sun in a climate like this!

October 20
- Didn't notice Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car before I left for work this morning.
By the time I got back to the car after work, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stuck to the upholstery.
The car now smells like Whiskettes and cat shit.
I've learned my lesson though: no more pets in this heat.

October 25
- This wind is a bastard.
It feels like a giant bloody blow dryer.
And it's hot as hell!
The home air conditioner is on the blink and the repair man charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needs to order parts from bloody Perth .....The wife & the kids are complaining.

October 30
- The temperature's up around 40 and the parts still haven't arrived for the bloody air conditioner.
House is an oven so we've all been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now.
Bloody $600,000 house and we can't even go inside.
Why the hell did I ever come here?

November 4
Finally got the bloody air-conditioner fixed. It cost $1,500 and gets the temperature down to around 25 degrees, but the humidity makes it feel about 35.
Stupid repairman.
bloody thief.

November 8
- If one more smart bastard says 'Hot enough for you today?'
I'm going to bloody throttle him.
bloody heat!
By the time I get to work, the car radiator is boiling over, my bloody clothes are soaking bloody wet and I smell like baked cat.
bloody place is the end of the Earth.

November 9
- Tried to run some errands after work, wore shorts, and sat on the black leather upholstery in my car.
I thought my bloody arse was on fire.
I lost 2 layers of flesh, all the hair on the backs of my legs and off my bloody arse.
Now the car smells like burnt hair, fried arse and baked cat.
bugger. bugger bugger.

November 10
-- The Weather report might as well be a bloody recording..
Hot and sunny.
Hot and sunny, Hot and bloody sunny.
It never bloody changes!
It's been too hot to do anything for 2 flippin months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.
bugger!

November 15
- Doesn't it ever rain in this damn bloody place?
Water restrictions will be next, so my $5,000 worth of palms might just dry up and blow into the ruddy pool.
The only things that thrive in this bloody hell-hole are the bloody flies.
You don't dare open your mouth for fear of swallowing half a dozen of the little barstewards!

November 20
- Welcome to HELL!
It got to 45 bleedin' degrees today.
Now the air conditioner has gone in my car.
The repair man came to fix it and said, 'Hot enough for you today?'
I wanted to shove the bleedin' car up his bloody arse.
Anyway, had to spend the $2,500 mortgage payment to bail me out of jail for assaulting the stupid sod.
bloody Karratha!
What kind of sick, demented bloody idiot would want to live here!

December 1
- WHAT!!!! The FIRST day of Summer!!!!
You are @#!*ing kidding me!
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

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Re: Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 02:48 PM »
Ontario is,can be,almost paradise.Heat is bearable 99% of the time.Cold is bearable 99% of the time.
It's that ba$tard 1% that gets to you.

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Re: Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 05:14 PM »
We can't be satisfied and pleased all the time can we? Spice of life though don't you think? ;) ;) ;D

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Re: Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 10:31 PM »
Nice one, Kiwi. Ashton doesn't seem all that bad, somehow...
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Re: Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2013, 09:46 PM »
Never understood why anyone would want to move down under  :)

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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013, 01:52 AM »
 Vanessa --  My Wife & I & our child of 4 yrs came over to Aussie  in 1958 & we never looked back --it proved to be best thing we could have done. The Money was good, the temps were better than UK. My Mother & sister came over a year later. My sister went back with the intention of going back to stay but was back here before her stated date of return.  I asked her what happened & her answer was " I could not go back now -- It is better here". My Mother-in-Law came over with a return ticket paid for by us but never went back to UK to live.  She went over to UK to see her brother & 3 sisters but was back in Aussie within 5 weeks of a 8 week paid for holiday.  To me, that seems to mean something must be OK for them.  --Jayess

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Re: Thinking about moving to OZ ?.
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2013, 10:49 AM »
I think everyone has to decide what is best for them and there families I love Ashton as I have said before and there is good and bad points for every were. My mum was from Newcastle On Tyne and crave to go back and live there as a young child I spent many happy times there and could have easily lived up there but now I can't think of any were else I would like to be only in Ashton I do go on holidays but am glad to get home. Fudge

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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2013, 01:39 PM »
Never understood why anyone would want to move down under  :)

Some had no choice in the matter, Vanessa. One of my lot was convicted of stealing shoes and leather at Kendal Assizes. Found himself shipped of to Tasmania, never to return.

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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2013, 02:03 PM »
My uncle and aunt went to Oz in the 50's, they couldn't get back fast enough, took them 3 years to save the fare back, they said it was the worst experience of their life, nothing but slave labour.

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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013, 12:55 AM »
My son married an Australian last year and has just sold his house in Mossley, in August he is cruising to Australia, arriving there to live in  October, hoping he will be happy and gets work after leaving a very good job here in the uk

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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2013, 10:22 AM »
Hi Lydia,

Where is your son heading for in Aussie? Just did a check and 22,700 Poms have moved to Aussie this year. Nearly every third house near us has either a Yorkshire or Lancashire resident!! in between Italian and Greek. My friends son has just married a girl from Nottingham, so he is moving to England, he has a job already to go to. It is a strange country really, I have met two girls from Manchester who were in Uni with me all those years ago. Just one of those encounters!!

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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2013, 11:39 AM »
A friend of mine moved to NZ about 25yrs ago, she shipped her new car there as it was cheaper than buying a new one over there. She travelled via the US to make a holiday of the journey. I lost touch with her a couple of years ago so I don't know if she's still there, she must have retired now. I have some bad news for her, anyone know how to find out if she's still there. She was a nurse in Wellington.

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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2013, 03:48 PM »
Vanessa, try The Nursing Assoc - Wellington. In fact will see what I can find out for you if you send her name via my private email If you have her date of birth it would help a lot.

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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2013, 09:51 PM »
I believe Facebook has now reached New Zealand. Maybe a search on there?
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« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2013, 07:00 AM »
I have a known a few that have come over to Aus & then after their 2 years was up (If they came on a Gov application that was the staying time to pay for the trip)would go back but were only back in UK for a short time then came back here  & settled down.  My Mother-in-law was the one person who wanted her return paid before she would come here & was the one person who would not go back to UK. She did go for a holiday after a little persuasion which was for 8 weeks but she was back in 5 weeks. Still it was their own  choice to stay or not. Skilled male & females were wanted when I came over here & the pay was better & the goods were cheaper than UK in my day of arriving & I have never looked back. I think it was what you made it whereas  a lot thought they were just having a 2yr holiday & were off back & then found that they had made a mistake. -- I personally have enjoyed the 55yrs I have been here-   Jayess