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A Year in the Land of Plenty

Dear Mum,

Well, yesterday was the anniversary of our arrival in Perth. Happy anniversary! As we expected this first year hasn’t been a bed of roses, but things seem to have settled down now and we are back into a kind of analogue of our old life.

With Julie and Rick away we’ve been going over to their’s three evenings a week, to turn their sprinklers on so the plants don’t expire, this has also given Joshua the opportunity to swim at least three times a week. Yesterday I didn’t take his float jacket and we got him swimming round the pool using one of the noodles (long foam rubber floaty thing), he loved it. At this rate he ought to be doing unaided laps in no time at all.

Nearly forgot to say, he started his new day-care on Thursday last week. It’s run by the same people but located at his school, it’s also the before and after school care so he’ll be going there on a Friday morning and afternoon too. He really enjoyed it and was impressed that they had a bunch of Dinosaur Train toys, along with a book on Star Wars Lego, which he was very excited to show me when I arrived to pick him up on Thursday afternoon.

We have also been keeping Josh up a bit later at night, so we will have our dinner then go for a walk, or in Josh’s case a scoot on his scooter. He had been getting out of bed a few times in the early evening so we decided it was time to try moving his bedtime.

It’s been pretty hot recently. We had a 44.4° last week, apparently the hottest day since 1991. It was pretty toasty but I was at work, so didn’t really notice until I went to get in the car at home-time and felt like I was in a pressure cooker. This is another contributing factor for the extra swimming! Snuggles has been coping with these hot days by sleeping a lot, he seems to have finally integrated into the Perth Cat lifestyle, as displayed by Bob’s cat, amongst others, in that he goes outside for a bit, realises it’s too hot then comes in and lies on the floor tiles, which are a bit cooler than the rest of the house.

Deanne has had her contract extended again, her boss would appear to like to keep her on permanently, but sadly this is unlikely to happen. However she is working hard on some ideas of her own for a business, but I’ll keep them under my hat until she’s got it all organised and up and running. She is loving the three days a week working, and Joshua seems to be enjoying it too. They went to the Museum last week and have done other variously exciting things with their time together over the holidays

Joshua has been saving up his pocket money and went to spend it. He bought himself some Octonauts toys to go with his Octopod, which he was given by Pops at Christmas. He is extremely happy with his purchase, the five Vegimals (part vegetable, part animal…don’t ask me!) and has been telling everyone about it at every opportunity.

I have enjoyed my first year in the Antipodes, it’s a nice place to live and I feel like we have made the right move, although (for work) I’m still surprised at how big a drop in responsibility and remuneration I have had to take. However life is good and there have been all sorts of interesting things to investigate and discover, and we are still only just finding out about what there is to do here.

I have also got quite involved in my writers group, without which I probably wouldn’t have got round to publishing my book, talking of which, I now also have an Author Page on Amazon, check it out, I’m a published author!

I will finish this missive by listing some of the things I miss about the old country.

  1. You and ToF (obviously)
  2. Dave, Emma, Arlo and Billie
  3. Rich, Nige and Steve
  4. Being able to walk to the shops
  5. A profusion of takeaway restaurants
  6. Cheap books
  7. TV scheduling
  8. John Lewis
  9. The NHS

…and some things I like about our new country.

  1. The friends we’ve met since we arrived
  2. Joshua’s school
  3. The Zoo
  4. Being a member of the P&C committee
  5. Scitech
  6. My writers group
  7. The locality of Joshua’s Nana and Pops
  8. The Museum
  9. Finding new coffee shops and cafés
  10. Having days out without worrying about the weather
  11. The parks (especially Kings Park)

I think that’ll probably do for now, I’ll leave you with some pictures.

Love

Dan

Parrots, on the lawn

Parrots, on the lawn

 

Joshua on his scooter

Joshua on his scooter

 

The hermit crabs at day-care

The hermit crabs at day-care

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Housewife

Dear Mum,

I took Joshua to day-care this morning, he was a bit sad as I left but the nice lady took him to the gate in the playground so he could wave goodbye as I drove away.

At home I reorganised our room so I could stop the temporary clothes hanger from falling over like it did the other night and scared the willies out of me. I put the chair from one corner next to the hanger and brought a mirror that was in the carport inside so we can see how we look before leaving the house.

I also did some washing and drying (drying our bedclothes took, at most, an hour), made a few phone calls and went shopping at Woolworths, which is pretty much the Tescos of Australia.

Picked Joshua up at three. I did suggest four when I dropped him off but he negotiated me down. When we got home we popped to the local shops to post a letter and pick up a little french stick, to make garlic bread with for tea to go with risotto.

Then we went swimming for half an hour before I made tea.

It doesn’t sound a lot when I write it down in sequence like that but it was a particularly tiring day!

Tomorrow I’m taking Josh to the Western Australian Museum. I think they have dinosaurs, although I’m not sure how many, but I’m sure we’ll find some exciting things to look at.

Love

Dan


Hot, Hot, Hot (Without Oscar And Arabella)

Dear Mum,

Today it was Julie’s turn to drop Josh off at Kindy, Deanne took her, as she had the car today to be at work for an early meeting and to show Nana what to do when she got there. However something must have upset Joshua because when they left he reacted the same way as he had on Monday, crying and screaming and trying to run after them, etc. 😦

My day was mostly spent completing my CV for this job I’m going for, however it’s all done and sent off now so that’s (probably) good.

At about three it was time for Julie to pick Joshua up, after which she was going to collect Big Nana then come home and spend some time together so I made myself rare. But as it turns out three days at Kindy was a bit much for him and he fell asleep in the car on the way to Olive’s house and then stayed asleep until he was home and in his own bed, where he stayed for an hour and a half.

Meanwhile I had walked over to Bull Creek shops, which doesn’t seem that far in the car but took me twenty minutes in the burning hot sun, don’t worry I’d suntan lotioned myself up but it seemed a long twenty minutes. I also took a can of Diet Coke with me, which I think was just as well. When I got there I went to look around Woolworth’s at the groceries, which was interesting if a little terrifying. The few things I actually recognise cost about twice as much as the things I don’t, I guess that’s not surprising as the brands I know must mainly be European. It was interesting though, and also because the “deals” they do tend to be 25 or 50 percent off rather than e.g. 10p off as I’d have expected in England.

After that I went to the bank and changed the PIN number on my final bank card so now I have a(n over)full set of bank cards in my wallet and nothing to spend on any of them until Deanne starts to get paid.

Joshua is at Day Care tomorrow and I’m dropping him off so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes in a different place. He remembers playing with the Dinosaur Lego when we visited the other week, and when I was talking about it with him tonight said that he would try not to cry. I told him that it’s okay if he cries and that he just needs to tell me how he’s feeling.

Anyway, I’ll obviously tell you how that goes tomorrow so that’ll be something to look forward to.

Love

Dan


Tour De Bull Creek

Dear Mum,

We had another quiet-ish day, mainly due to the bank holiday. This morning Deanne made a little picnic for snack time and we went out so Joshua could take his bike out for another ride, we went to the school again where he was riding it the other day. This time we stopped and Josh played on the playground at the school, climbing frames, slides, monkey bars, not like the school playgrounds in the UK!

We were quite impressed because he managed to ride pretty much the whole way back to Julie’s without a lot of intervention from us, obviously we helped him across the roads and over a few “tricky bits” as he calls them, but in the space of about four go’s he has learnt how to pedal and steer all by himself.

This afternoon we went to try and buy a car seat, but the shop we went to didn’t have a lot in the way of stock, even though it had said on their website that they did. Mainly we’re getting one so we don’t have to mess about swapping our one between our car and Julie’s when she is picking him up from Day Care (what they call nursery) or looking after him.

He had a nap this afternoon and Deanne made a fantastic risotto for tea.

I might try Skypeing Rich in the morning, see if I can catch you before you head back to Blighty.

Love

Dan


Open Wide and Say Aaagh!

Dear Mum,

I went to the dentist today, and while I realise that in the UK it was only “free” because we paid a decent percentage of our wage into a National Insurance scheme, it was still a bit jarring to be charged $155 for a look in my mouth and a couple of X-Rays. On the bright side it’s just a small infection (my suspicion would be brought on by the changes in air pressure on the flight over, I’ve heard it can do that), I got some antibiotics (prescription – about $18, felt very odd for a Diabetic!), and have started taking them. The only bad news being that if the drugs don’t knock it on the head I’ll probably need a root canal 😦

We took Joshua to his Day Care to have a look around as well. Even though it’s the school summer holidays there is still day care for kids with working parents, etc. So it was quite busy there and we met a few of the other kids, some of which may be attending with him, although we didn’t find that out.

Also, because it is finally “Wednesday” he had a go on his bike. We took him round the corner to Oberthur primary school, mainly because it was close and had a lot of shaded bits of path. He wasn’t too sure about the whole thing when we started but by the time we got back to Julie’s all I was doing was helping him steer so he didn’t ride into the road.

We were going to do some other fun stuff with him today but he had a bit of a breakdown around lunch time and most of the rest of the day was a bit of a write off. He was so bad that, for about the third or fourth time in his life, I didn’t read him a bed time story 😦

Still don’t have the laptop, but as soon as we get it we’ll start putting our pictures on it and get a bit more active with sending you some of them.

Love

Dan