A loft full of memories…

Today was the day that we decided to tackle the loft.  Our shipping company requested that we empty the loft prior to their arrival in less than 4 weeks time and so with the sun shining and both of our girls on generally good form we decided to get this task ticked off our never ending to do list.

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So many boxes hidden out of sight were brought down and sprawled over our lawn as we ruthlessly went through our belongings to decide what would make the cut into our 20 foot container.  Our shipping company had already advised us that our shipment would be tight and with two little ones we seem to be constantly accumulating even more clothing, books, toys and especially jigsaws, which is our toddler’s latest obsession.  What we thought would be ‘a few boxes’ in the loft turned out to be 36 boxes.. Thirty Six!!!

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Flight change…

IMG_3547 My husband and I were devastated to hear the tragic news that Malaysia Airlines had been hit by another disaster just months after flight MH370 vanished.  After the first tragedy in March, we didn’t even contemplate changing our flight plans and stuck by our decision to keep our route to Perth via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines.  We’d flown with them before, had booked good timings that would hopefully limit the jetlag and in-flight tantrums (or so we hoped!) and I’d personally found their customer service team excellent when calling to confirm our flight details, bassinet, seat allocations and meal requirements.  However waking up to this sad news, we were left wondering whether it was now worth re-considering our airline choice.  Although it could have easily been a different aircraft shot down over Ukraine, how did we both really feel about the grim coincidence of another rare aviation disaster occurring with the same airline in a matter of months? Continue reading

One of those days….

Today has been very much ‘one of those days’….

It started off so hopeful, the sun was shining, I had my ‘to do’ list for Perth at the ready, I even enjoyed a full cup of hot tea before the chaotic morning rituals of breakfast and getting the girls ready in time for their morning play-date.  And then it started…firstly a nappy somehow made its way into the washing basket and then into the washing machine.  Oh my word… I could have cried at that stage but I didn’t (and thankfully it wasn’t a dirty nappy).  Instead, I picked myself up off the kitchen floor, placed the whole load back into the machine, gave a big sigh and turned my attention onto the next task of our day….baking.

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Returning to the world of work

This week I’ve added another role to my list of jobs.  As well as being homemaker, wife, mummy and organizer of our big move, I’ve also become my husband’s PA as he begins the huge process of applying for jobs in Perth. A lot to juggle… Whilst proof reading his latest cover letter, I can’t help but wonder about my future career path as I will look to return to work once the girls are hopefully settled next year.

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See a penny pick it up…

Last weekend, on our drive down to York for a wedding, my husband and I discussed our current finances in length and how much more we realistically need to save before we fly to Perth in October. Three years of saving and a lot of planning & talking…four months to go!

I’m quite amazed at how much we’ve had to save for our big move. It’s such a huge investment both emotionally and financially especially with our girls in tow. I’d say by the time we are out there and set up in our new rented accommodation, we will have spent close to £35,000. This total includes visa agent costs, flights, shipping, medicals, passports (don’t let me start ranting about the cost of child passports!), initial accommodation, car hire and additional set up costs. As well as these’ known’ costs, we’ve also factored in the ‘unknown’ by setting aside a contingency budget in case there is a delay in Matt starting work.   We’ve decided it’s also important for me to continue to stay at home with our girls until we all feel it’s the right time for me to return to the world of work.  Ensuring we have enough funds behind us will take the pressure off this and also allow me to get out there, network and meet new people through playdates & playgroups.

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Just call me Mrs Spencer

Last night we sat down to watch the delectable Phil Spencer search for homes in Perth for two expat couples. This is what our Tuesday nights are all about (and not just because I have a slight crush on Mr Spencer!) I absolutely love watching any property shows and so I guess it would be a slight understatement to say I’m pretty excited about the prospect of buying our first home soon.

After 10 years together, several addresses and 2 children, I feel it’s definitely time to put down some roots once we have (hopefully) settled in Perth. As Phil demonstrates, this is no easy task in a booming city with many expats like us moving to Perth and snapping up houses.

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