• Another hectic couple of days

    Well we're in the new house now. We've made the major purchases and everything we ordered has been delivered. Yesterday we bought a nice new telly and a few other things like a hoover, ironing board, kitchen stuff, etc. Our fridge, freezer and washing machine came today. We've also been given a form … read more

  • Our second day in Oz

    I got up at 4:30. I had already planned to do this because I wanted to be in Fortitude Valley to watch the Liverpool v AC Milan Champions League Final. Someone had told me on BritishExpats.com that I’d be able to find at 24/7 Sports Bar in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane which would be showing the … read more

  • Our first day in Oz

    We didn’t do much at all on our first day in Oz. I think we were in bed before 9pm that night (even though we did have a bit of a kip as soon as we got there). Jetlag had fully kicked in! read more

  • Our long weekend in L.A.

    I haven't posted for a few days as it's been a bit hectic emigrating and all that. I'll try and catch up now starting with our stopover in LA. Also, I haven't had chance to upload the photo's yet so I'll update this post with our photo's in a few days... We started our first day in LA with an … read more

  • Today (Saturday 25th May)

    We've spent most of today shopping for our new house. We went down to IKEA first thing, arriving for opening time at 9am. The IKEA in Brisbane is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and is absolutely huge. What's more it was pretty quiet and quite an enjoyable experience, unlike the last time I … read more

  • Our third day in Oz (Friday 25th May)

    Can you believe it. We arranged to see a couple of houses early that day. We loved the second place we saw, put in an immediate application, paid the bond and picked up the keys that afternoon! It's a 3 bedroom house on a gated community in Carina - a really nice part of Brisbane. We've got a garage … read more

  • I wish we had chosen a relaxing beach stopover in Hawaii! We're all absolutely exhausted after a long weekend in LA, much of which wasn't that great if I was honest.

    Disneyland was pretty good yesterday, although we nearly never made it (more about this later), and we enjoyed Santa Monica pier, but the rest of the experience was generally overrated and disappointing. I haven't got time to go into now as the battery on my laptop is about to run out and Rach has packed away the travel adaptor in one of the cases, which are in storage until we head off to the airport later today, and I can't be bothered to go searching for it.

    Next stop Brisbane!

  • Live from Smog City

    I'm pleased to say we've safely made it to L.A. with all 7 cases. I admit it was a bit of a nightmare yesterday. Why oh why did we take the train and not get a hire care or taxi (my fault)? I'm just glad we made the decision to get the earlier train. We left Retford at 9:30. The train arrived into … read more

  • All packed and ready to go

    We've said the final goodbyes today and now we're all packed and ready to go. The taxi is booked for 9am tomorrow to take us to the station - us and our 7 cases. That's going to be fun and games tomorrow getting to Heathrow. I thought it would be fun (for Lauren) to get the train instead of getting … read more

  • Goodbye beloved

    I've said goodbye to my family and friends, with much heartache, and now it's time for the worst goodbye of all - I have to say goodbye to my Lexus! It's the first really nice car I've owned, albeit only on a 12 month lease. It's the new Lexus IS 220d - it has a Start button and everything! Given … read more

  • I hate goodbyes

    We've just said goodbye to my Mum and Dad as they set off on their hols to the Dominican Republic. It's bad timing on all of our parts but I guess we had to say goodbye sometime, it wouldn't have made any difference whether it was today or Thursday. I've been feeling sick all morning knowing what … read more

  • A night to remember

    I'm suffering now after 2 nights of excess, particularly last night. I took close family and friends out for a lovely meal at Emilio's, an Italian restaurant in 'posh' Bawtry. There were 17 of us in all. It always amazes me how Bawtry has managed to turn into such an upmarket village given it's … read more

  • Last night out in Doncaster

    I went out for a few beers with a couple of mates last night in Doncaster. It was pretty quiet for a Friday night - the torrential rain might have had something to do with it although that doesn't usually put off the Donny folk. I can't say I'm going to miss Doncaster, or Worksop for that matter … read more

  • We're officially homeless, jobless bums

    Everything went to plan yesterday and we handed over the keys to our house. We spent 6 years in that house and we have a lot of very good memories, not least the fact that it was the home we brought Lauren back to after she was born. The neighbours were great and we've swapped e-mail addresses so we … read more

  • No more work (in the Uk that is)

    I've just finished my last day of work in the UK. I can't express how good it feels. It was such a relief to unburden the workload - passing it on to some other unlucky contractor. We had a 2-day handover period and by the end of it the new contractor looked like he was ready to do a runner. I don't … read more

  • Another milestone reached

    After a very busy weekend we have finally fully packed up and moved out. The shippers came today and carefully packed and boxed the items we're shipping, taking them away to await the next shared container bound for Brisbane. We officially hand over the keys to our house on Thursday. We're staying … read more

  • Hotel booked for L.A.

    We've booked our Hotel for L.A. We're going to be staying in the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel which is right in the heart of Hollywood - with the Walk of Fame, Mann's Chinese Theatre, and other attractions literally on our doorstep. Our itinerary isn't fully decided yet but at the moment we're … read more

  • Happy birthday Mum!

    Happy birthday to my Mum who is 50 today! We're all off out for a Chinese tonight to celebrate (or commiserate?). She doesn't know yet but I've bought her a Virgin Balloon Flight with my Dad which I hope she'll love. read more

  • Am I speaking a different language?

    Here's an example of the kind of battle I have on a daily basis trying to get people into a security mindset: Me to Relationship Manager (RM): Can you please ask the client to complete the attached Business Impact Analysis (BIA) template so we can understand how valuable their data is in order to … read more

  • Ecstasy!

    I nearly had heart failure watching the penalty shoot-out to see Liverpool reach the Champions League Final. I'm now going to have to find somewhere to watch the match in Brisbane at 05:30 in the morning! I know that theoretically things could still go wrong with the house completion but we took a … read more