September 2007

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    We own a house!

    It’s happened, we finally own our own bricks and mortar here in Australia. We got the call from our conveyancers that the settlement had been completed just after lunchtime yesterday. What a relief that was! We picked the keys up and it felt so great unlocking the door and setting foot in our very own […] More

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    Hey Hey it’s settlement day!

    Well, the last 6 weeks of stress and form filling should culminate today in the settlement on our new home. I know it should be a relatively straight forward process but it’ll still be really great to finally get the call telling us that we now own our own bricks and mortar here in Western […] More

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    Becoming an Australian Citizen – New resources available

    Once you finally made it down under the next thing that many folks will want to do is gain their Australian Citizenship so that they can become a ‘real aussie’ Getting Australian citizenship has recently got a little harder, not only do you need to be a permanent Australian resident for four years instead of […] More

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    Inspecting our new home before completion

    Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote about the new house we are buying up in Quinns Rocks. Despite being a little busy recently having a baby, things have been progressing well in the last few weeks. Forms have been filled in and duly returned back to our bank and conveyancers and we […] More

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    Junk Week

    The towns and cities in Australia by UK standards are pretty spotless. Rubbish is kept to a minimum and there seems to be quite a large army of street cleaners that help keep the places looking nice and tidy. This applies to the suburbs to. You don’t see blokes riding along on their ‘super sucker […] More

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    The Bub has landed

    Well, its been 5 days now since Junior number 2 and the missus came home. Although the missus had a cesarean section, she was thankfully able to come home after only two days. Although Joondalup Hospital was great and the staff were friendly and efficient it still didn’t beat the comfort of your own home […] More

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    Having a baby in Australia – A review

    Ok, so it’s not quite like a book review but I thought I should write down a few first impressions following the birth of our beautiful, gorgeous, gushingly perfect daughter yesterday :) Two words :- Dogs bollocks! Ok, that may not mean to much to our Amercian visitors but let me just say this, the […] More

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    It’s a ‘Shiela’!

    Well folks, since my last post I’m am ecstatically happy to announce that junior number two turned out to be a girl (we have one of each now) 8) Baby daughter (hee hee) and mum doing really well! I feel so completly knackard as it has been a veeeeeery long day! I promise I’ll provide […] More

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    Baby really on the way – ish!

    OK, 6 days ago we thought that it was time for baby to make an appearance but nothing ever happened. This time I can say with all certainty that this time tomorrow junior number two will be here. :) Unfortunately during the check up that the missus had today, they found that she had early […] More

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    Wanted Down Under – Applications wanted by the BBC for second series

    I’m really not sure how current this news is (it was passed on by a friend of mine) but it transpires that the BBC are going to be doing a second series of Wanted Down Under very soon and are looking for candidates to join them. I’m not sure if this second series of Wanted […] More

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    Still no sign of baby

    Well, after the events of last Friday it looks like junior number 2 has attached crampons to its hands and feet and is well and truly hanging on in there. The missus recons it ‘feels a little lower’ today but if that means it’s ready or its just chilling out in the lower uterus who […] More

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    Quinns Rocks Beach – Hmmmm!

    Although I’ve not able to post any pictures of our new house in Quinns Rocks yet (by virtue of the fact that we still haven’t paid for it) I thought I’d post a picture of our local beach which is about five minutes away :) As mentioned earlier today we decided to go down to […] More

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