Our shift to the other side of the world.....
Flying out on February 17th 2008 to start a whole new life in sunny Perth - with a nice holiday in Dubai for a week first ;-)
Will keep all our friends and family up to date with what we are doing, houses we have looked at to rent and buy and eventually settle down.. and will also give us a chance to let all our collegues see what they could be enjoying!
Even more important, this will help us keep in touch with the kids, Carli, Thomas & Poppie who are staying back in the UK, they can even vote on the houses we are looking at buying so that they are completley happy when they all come out to stay for a couple of months this year!!
December 25th 2012
Hello all... Ang here with an update .. :-) I cant believe its nearly 5 years since we moved out here to Perth.. and i cant believe its 3 years since i updated the blog! So much has happened but I guess that most of you are on facebook as our friends and know what we have been doing (working, working and growing the farm) however, I did promise a few people that I would do a full update of our recent travels along with photos and its much easier here than on FB..! So, after 4 years of house renovations, well nearly rebuilds rather than reno's and finally completing the 120 sqM of decking (2 years of hard work!) we eventually planned our long awaited trip away, booked 3 weeks off work, the house & ... read more
December 11th 2009
Hello! ... and a very sunny, warm Christmas greetings to all! Its been a while but we like to save up all our adventures to share with you.. Hope that all of you are well, wrapping up nice & warm for the cold winter months over there in good old UK..? It seems that everyone we speak to over there has a cold or is just fed up with the rain, do we miss it? Mmmm.. It was officially the 1st day of summer on December 1st over here and we have already been in the high 20 degree band for the majority of the springtime so the tan is already starting.. its going to be a lurvly 36 degree upwards this weekend.. the pool is full and there are a few beers in the fridge ... read more
July 18th 2009
It’s now been 17 months, since we left UK to start a new life in Australia... 17 months!! It has gone so fast... In that short space of time we have; Gone through a strict selection criteria for a house and subsequently entered into a rather large mortgage.....bought a car, exchanged the car, renovated more than 1/2 of the house, including building an interior wall and knocking down another 3..bought a 2nd car, completely changed the landscape of our land, raised 2 delinquent dogs, bought and sheared 2 alpaca, gone from owning 3 goats to just the 1 rather grumpy billy, then selected a further 6 (pregnant) angora goats, purchased a new pet - details to follow below……had a Christmas in the sun, 2 Easters, seen the kids more than we use to when we were ... read more
January 26th 2009
Hello all! Christmas & New year... Our first Christmas in Oz was 'different' .. No snow, no cold nights by the fire, no carol singers.. but my goodness it was good!!! Hot days, warm evenings, we even bought a 8ft x 4ft inflatable pool to dip in and out of as a break from the heat - much cheaper than the olympic size pool we are planning on putting in later this year but just as effective when your out digging in 40 degrees and in need of a dip! We took the dogs down t the dog beach for a couple of hours on Christmas morning, it was like taking 2 disruptive children on a day out.. they ran around chasing the other dogs, barking at the 'nice' people out enjoying a morning sandy stroll ... read more
December 8th 2008
Hello all....! First things first........ Its Christmas time, cold? snow? dreary days and dark nights? Not..!!! Its on average 30 Degrees, warm, sunny, the sun starts to set around 8pm, and all we can hear are the birds singing and the frogs croaking... what a way to build up to Christmas!! Must admit, Christmas tme is not the same here as back in UK, its hard to get into 'the festive spirit' when its so warm!! We have been as busy as ever with the house and land, even bought a ride on mower as it was getting too hot and hard to cut the grass with the 'push' petrol model..so much easier! I managed to get Oggy to 'Global Gathering' earlier this month... a full day nearly of dance music, finishing off with Mark Ronson.. ... read more
October 8th 2008
Oh yes.... the sun HAS got his hat on, its Spring, the green land is turning dry and brown and the pom's are turning red!!!!! We have been up to allsorts of adventures since late August... we took a short break from doing the house up and spent a bit of 'us' time. El Cabello - Rodeo Cowboy hats n boots were a must...and this day was just great fun ...mainly because of the fact that Ang had got CJ very worried indeed.... The rodeo was open to entrants (for a fee and who were registered) who wanted to ride either a large bull or bareback horse, starting from novice class through to advanced, with a $ prize money and on the web page was an entrance application form. Yes, Ang had 'doctored' the form removing ... read more
July 27th 2008
The days are flying by and we had not realised how long it was since we last updated y'all on the what's where's and so on... Been busy working and plastering, painting the house etc. Theatre room now almost complete with projector and 92" screen, waiting on purchasing the reclining leather chairs to finish off. Lights almost all replaced with down lighters throughout. Games room done. Bedrooms skimmed and painted... Lounge plastered and skimmed... Floors to purschase next and a new kitchen,,, then on to the outside. All in all great progress over the past 3 months. Oggy picks up the digger tomorrow to start some bits in readiness for the alpacas outside, to drill the fence posts holes and start the driveways. The rain has been fairly often throughout the winter months but still reaches ... read more
May 22nd 2008
It’s been a while since our last Blog …..And so much has happened…!! We are now in the throws of autumn here in Aus. The weather has turned and we have had to grade down the sun screen to a lower factor as the hot days of 35 degrees are a distant memory and the temperature has cooled down, some days to as much as a somewhat chilly 22 degrees.... Don’t get us wrong, the mornings up in the hills are chilly and we have had a few days of rain over the past few weeks, some of the showers lasting for all of a couple of hours. It is more than welcome as the air is so fresh after a good downpour and our water tank at the new house is filling up nicely. ... read more
May 15th 2008
Hello all!!!! For those of you who have sent the messages - Thank you for the warm notes - and no we have not fallen off the end of the earth!!! Just a quick note to say we are in the process of updating with another blog entry but as we moved into the house 2 weeks ago..we are sooooooooooo busy!!!!! More to follow...!! Watch this space ! Love to all Xxx... read more
April 1st 2008
Most bank holiday weekends equate to spending the majority of time stuck in traffic in unison with the rest of the population, getting nowhere fast, with the kids repeating ‘are we there yet’… Well it’s a little different here mainly because WA is so vast and has more than its fair share of hot spots and activities to suit every type, from the beach bum to the adrenaline junkie. On Good Friday we set off early morning on our way to Mandurah, in search of the dolphins that are known to inhabit the quays and are of a friendly and inquisitive in nature. AKA tourist hunters.. Mandurah is approx an hour south of Perth, straight down the freeway. The train line has only recently been introduced down as far as Mandurah, due to the demand to ... read more