Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Big Announcement

Woman on Telephone Looking Surprised by Ewing Galloway
No, I am not pregnant. Sorry, Jen.

Lisa, you were partly right.


My husband has just been offered a job at a university in South Australia. So we will be moving in about a month. To Adelaide.

Good bye my darling red house. Sob.

The past six months have been extremely stressful due to job insecurity, and this move should solve that, which will be a blessing.

On the other hand:

  1. I have only ever visited Adelaide once, many years ago, for a wedding, so know very little about it (although Google is helping me)

  2. I don't have any friends in Adelaide

  3. Having grown up in Sydney I have spent years developing friendships and other networks in Melbourne and now I shall have to start again. Sob. Again.

We are going to spent the next month getting our house ready to sell, then we're off. We're not going to live in the house while it is on the market, thank goodness!

We are planning to rent initially, while our house is on the market, then buy after we become familiar with the Adelaide property market and, more importantly, find a house that we really want to live in.

(I hope nobody is disappointed that there is no baby announcement.)
Kate xxx
P.S. Here is Adelaide on Google Maps for those not familiar with Australian geography. You can scan in and out if you like.

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PSS I have had very little time of late to visit others' blogs, much as I love to. Please understand and I will visit you all when time allows. xxx


Lis said...

Hi Kate,

I'm sure you'll love Adelaide once you settle here. I'd be happy to meet you for coffee one day once you are settled. You can email me via my very neglected blog.
good luck with the move!

Aisling said...

Kate, One good things about these modern times is that when you move, you take part of your circle of friends with you: Your internet community will remain just the same as it is. In those early days, until you've made some in person friends, that may be a comfort. Good luck and keep us posted!

Shimmy Mom said...

I was very nervous the first time that my hubby and I moved. I'd lived in the same place for YEARS, but I loved all the places we went. I'm sure that you'll love Adelaide too! Good luck with the move!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Moving is so hard! I know you will do well, though. You are so resourceful and kind, that I know you will make new friends and a beautiful home wherever you are.

Oh, and on a lighter note, I am so unfamiliar with Australia's geography that I had to zoom out to see the entire continent!

Kez said...

Congratulations! I hope the move goes well for you. I've visited Adelaide a couple of times and found it a very lovely place.

Ailsa said...

Oh wow, I was expecting a pregnancy announcement too. Big changes for you. I know how you feel though having made the move here from NZ. Good luck with it all, I will be following your journey too. xx

Jenny said...

Hi Kate, I'm sure you will love Adelaide. I have never lived there but have spent two one month blocks there and just loved it. It's wonderful that your husband will have a secure job and that stress will be out of your lives.
Good luck with the move.

The Tin House said...

Kate, I lived in Adelaide very briefly a few years ago now, and one thing I do know...they have brilliant coffee!!

Moving is very stressful, and I don't envy you in that way, but there are so many great things about new beginnings that are easily forgotten.

Lisa x

The Tin House said...

oh - and just think - you can say goodbye to your apricot ensuite tiles! Lisa x

Katrina said...

You will find friends, get to know where all the best coffee places are, find those lovely relaxing places for time out!
And best of all your internet will keep you in touch with everyone else

Our Red House said...

Thank you all for these sweet comments. They mean a lot to me.

Lis, I would love to get in touch with you (and take you up on that coffee, one day).


Terri said...

Well, I thought perhaps it was a pregnancy announcement too. I'm sure that you will find new friends and acquaintenances. It's kind of exciting - a brand new adventure!

Tracy said...

Oh Kate....WOW! That is a huge thing! As a kid moving overseas it's fun, but as a grown up you realise all the things you need to take care of!

I hope your packing and preparations and plans all run smoothly. Just know that when hiccups come, that God knows exactly where He wants you and what His plans are. Sometimes we just need to rest in that!

Crazy Mumma said...

Oooh, if I were going to live anywhere else but here, it would be Adelaide! :-) You will love it Kate, I'm sure. Best wishes with the move!

Cheers, Julie

Lightening said...

I hope the move goes well and that you settle into your new place well

River said...

Whaddaya mean you don't have friends in Adelaide? I live here...just sayin'
Congratulations on the new job for hubby, hope it works out really well.

Jenny said...

Adelaide. I have never been there!!
What a great adventure!
Maybe we will get there to visit instead!

Our Red House said...

Thank you all again. I really appreciate these comments. I am *very* stressed out about choosing schools etc.

This is definitely one of those 'get down on your knees and pray times', because I sure don't know what I am doing!

River, thanks for the offer of friendship, though I don't know your real name:-)

Jenny, pleeease come to Adelaide and see us. I would love to see you again and I could really do with an old, old friend at the moment (not that you're really old, of course!)


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Congratulations on Hubby's new position! This will be exciting and I know a bit bittersweet but you will adjust quickly and will have no trouble making new friends!

Best wishes for the move. Looking forward to lots of pictures of your new home town.

((hugs)) Rosie

Maggie said...

good luck with the move Kate! I've never been to Adelaide either but if it's anything like the other Australian cities I've visited I'm sure it'll be lovely. Think of it as an adventure.

And yes, no more ugly tiles in the bathroom!

What's the drought/water situation like it Adelaide?

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I can tell by your post that you have mixed feelings about this whole thing. The up side is that the job insecurity stress will be over and that will add a lot of tranquility to your lives. I'm certain that you can find another darling "Red House" that you can grow to love.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Gill - That British Woman said...

How is the housing market over there? Is there a good chance your house will sell pretty quickly?

Good luck to you and your family. :0)

Kirstin said...

You seem like the type of person that will make friends easily and yet I know it's a hard adjustment to make!!

I will be praying for favor and peace and joy on your lives.

fmll said...

Oh my Kate! This is huge news! How exciting and nerve wrecking all at once! :) If it helps at all, the Dutch Boy moved here on Monday night and is settling in quite well - I think!

Stitchingranny said...

Kate I am in my 60s, do not work and only have hubby at home and I find chasing blogs hectic so I am sure no one expects you to always manage to visit.

This is a massive step for you but you are young and have children which is always a good way of meeting new people and making new friends. In the meantime I am sure all your internet friends will be there and many of your personal friends will have the internet so be able to keep in touch.

Good luck with everything.