Our stuff arrived from the UK without any problems and it has been lovely to have the house kitted out with our own furniture. I love the house, although after a solid Victorian Cottage with walls a foot thick, it does seem rather flimsy! The noise carries and there is no way of getting a lie in when all the main rooms are on the same floor. My favourite space has got to be downstairs in the enormous playroom - the kids can make as much mess as they like and it doesn't bother me at all because at the end of the day, I just migrate back upstairs to my lovely sitting room (that said, I've just walked downstairs to find ALL the puzzles out of their boxes and am not feeling quite so zen about it right now).
The kids have settled really well into their new school, and The Feral One has been offered a Kindy place there from January. They seem to be generally happy and making friends. The Feral One and The Naughty Baby are still at home with me 24/7 and seem to be coping with that (they are so easy going those two!). We go along to the gym 3 times a week and they seem to enjoy the creche there too - even if they do keep bringing back D&V bugs.
As postings go, it's a pretty cushy one and I certainly can't complain of any hardship here. The cost of living is high, but we're on an expat package which takes that into account. I can get most things here that I need and it's an easy place to live. The worst bit about being here is that we are so very far away from our friends and family and I've been going through a stage of missing everyone quite badly. I'm also missing my animals. Sometimes it seems like the fun bits of my life - the horses and the dogs - have been sliced out and have been replaced by boring stuff instead - cleaning, gym and an extra long school run. I'm told that I ought to regard the gym as "me" time (because I am child free), but I'd much rather be walking my dogs through the woods or across the common than trudging on a treadmill. Anyway.
We've been planning our sightseeing for the next few years. We have a trip to Sydney booked in September and flights to NZ (North Island) booked in January. We'd also like to go skiing in NZ at some point, go to Vanuatu/Fiji, see the Red Interior, drive the Great Ocean Drive and take a trip to Tazzy. All whilst also exploring the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
I do keep meaning to blog a bit more regularly, but at the moment we're just in the settling in stage and not really doing much that is very exciting! The Boy turned 5 in August and we took a trip to Sea World which was great fun. The Eldest has learnt to ride her bike without stabilisers (I thought we were never going to get there!) and also turned 7 in August (celebrated with a trip to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo). I'm looking forward to seeing more of Australia in September!