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Ten Years Today!

Ten years ago today, along with hubby (the chef) and two children, we left our home country and the people we love more than anything else in the world for a new life in Australia.  What a crazy thing to do; who does that?  Who takes their children away from their friends and family that love them so dearly to move to a country on the opposite side of the world?  We did, that’s who!  It’s not like it was even down the road or just a short cheap flight to a neighbouring European country.


Really we were starting again – no big family gatherings at Christmas; no grandparents to proudly visit the children at school on ‘Grandparents Day’;   no godparents at their side to guide them through their early year’s; no aunties and uncles to spoil them and no cousins to grow up with.

Instead a life where we have learned that no one owes you anything, a country full of opportunities, that were ours for the taking, we just had to find the courage to go out there and find them; a country whose citizens welcomed us with open arms and treated us like one of their own and are always there for us.

Australia has been good to us. The children have soaked up their schooling and sporting opportunities that have come their way and the Chef has gone from strength to strength – so much so he isn’t a chef anymore and is working in a role he wouldn’t even have dreamed of back in the UK.  I have learned new skills which have taken me in a completely new direction.

Of course the hardest part was leaving the people we love and our friends; for them it was harder in a way as we left a gaping hole in their lives.   I can only describe the separation as a living bereavement and it was hard and sometimes it still is.

I don’t hanker to move back to the UK at all; immersing myself in our new life was my way of coping with homesickness and it helped enormously; I just concentrated on life in Australia and that was it, I’ve never looked back.

I’ve learned to drink coffee and in fact have probably turned into a coffee snob over the years.  I’ve also gained a deeper understanding of grape varieties.  I’ve learned to run – and stop again.  I’ve learned that Koalas make  a noise – a horrible one and wombats have backward facing pouches so they don’t fill up with dirt when they are burrowing.  I’ve learned that South Australians queue better than any pommie and drive a lot worse.  I’ve learned that Australians are more obsessed with the weather than Brits and they have a national pride that’s sadly long gone in Great Britain. And I’ve learned that Australians accept you for who you are and not for what car you drive.


Of course there are some things I miss, like decent radio and popping to friend’s homes and family gatherings at times of celebrations.  We’ve missed family hatches, matches and dispatches which were always going to be the downside of our move but it’s something we have to prioritise and deal with.  We’ve not been able to comfort our loved ones in their times of need nor have they been there for us but that was always going to be the case.  There have been lots of ups and lots of downs which have moulded us into the people we are today.  We have become stronger individuals and feel ready to take on any challenge that comes our way.

So all in all ten years of amazing adventures and our only regret is not doing it earlier, in fact we wish our parents had made the move when we were children, now that would have been perfect!

By Waking the Wombat

Life - part two; Australia. Having spent the first 39 years of my life in England, with two adult children who don't need me so much, a workaholic husband and a head full of stuff waiting to be unleashed, Waking the Wombat is my place to share life's experiences with you.

25 replies on “Ten Years Today!”

I visited Oz for 2 weeks on an ‘educational’ when I worked in travel and had an amazing time. Plus I grew up with my Dad telling endless tales from Oz which he sailed to aged 15 to work on a sheep station. He wished he’d stayed. I know there are downsides but it’s a country with so much going for it, just wish I had skills they needed and I’d have given it a shot myself. Happy New Life anniversary 🙂


Congratulations on 10 years in Australia!

My husband, the Boffin, made his move to the United States 16 years ago, and I met him here. I lived in England before I met him, so I knew how to make a proper cup of tea and that is how I sealed the deal. 🙂 He, too, has no desire to go back for a lot of the same reason you listed above. It is the place to spread his wings, just like you are doing in Australia.

It is wonderful to see that your move paid off.


It certainly is. I’m so pleased to hear the Boffin is happy in the States too and more importantly, you know how to make a proper cuppa haha! Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the party!

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Enjoyed your post and will say I think it mirrors pretty much what my daugter would say, they have been in Perth for 5 years now and love it. The boys have just grown and flown and had far more opportunities than if they had stayed in the Uk and likewise with my daughter and son–law an amazing place to bring up a family.:)

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I love Australia – except for one thing… On our way to the beach in Queensland, we followed a path through a heavily wooded green strip to the beach. Hidden among the bushes was a sign which read: WARNING THIS IS A TROPICAL BEACH.

It then enumerated all the things that were waiting to eat or poison us.


That’s exactly right. I remember when we visited northern Queensland near Port Douglas and seeing similar signs on the beach that there may be crocodiles about that will kill you! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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