Returning to the UK for two years prior to our move has allowed us much needed quality time with our family and friends. We are so grateful for this time especially now we have our two daughters. We can’t begin to understand just how much it has meant to our parents to have us living close by for the first time in 7 years. Throughout our travels, we have had the opportunity to meet some truly amazing and inspirational people, some of which have shared our passion for travel and some of which have become very close friends and honorary aunties and uncles to the girls. Having had to say goodbye many times over, I’ve come to really appreciate that with true friendship you can live miles apart and still feel as close as ever.
The advances in technology aid this process with regular FaceTime and Skype sessions. But, I must admit that I’m a bit of a traditionalist and love nothing better than sending and receiving postcards and letters. I feel truly privileged to have a wonderful circle of friends who support our decision to emigrate. Although we’ll be starting again in Perth, I will work hard to maintain the special friendships I leave behind.
It doesn’t phase me having to reach out and network on our arrival to Australia and it’s definitely a key part to us settling in Perth permanently. Not just for the girls but for us both too . But for now, I can’t help but smile as I look at our family calendar on the kitchen wall and see it covered in dates and occasions over the next 5 months with meet ups, weddings, christenings and holidays. The friends who want to see us and spend time with our girls will make the effort before we go and will continue to be an important part of our lives even after we’ve gone.
Distance means so little when someone means so much xxx