This is day 4 and the first one without rain... Glen did say that if it rained it would rain 3 days straight, so he wasn't lying! I guess it is only 6 days into Spring in Oz.
Luckily, we already have somewhere to live!
We had arranged to stay at Glen's previous home in Oz, with his mate Brian. They have a lot of land, with two flats next to the main house. Thanks to a previous tennant moving out we've been able to move straight in there permenantly! Austalian houses don't seem to have proper central heating, just fan things, and with only single glazing, its a little chilly! It feels like I'm camping! But the main house has a proper wood fire which is gorgeous, and we are free to pop in as we please.
Just got cars to sort out next.... then I can finally get out and explore more! It's great Glen driving me around everywhere, but I have absolutely no idea where I am half the time, so think I need to get behind a wheel.
Other than organising boring grown-up stuff, we've been to a few 'clubs' which is their version of a pub - they remind me of airports - there's bars, arcades, restaurants etc- so nothing like the cosiness of a UK drink, but I'll get used to it. The one last night had a meat raffle, and one of our guys won a meat plate! There was also amateur darts going on besides us, and the betting shop (the TAB) across the way (I haven't seen Glen win yet.... but he keeps trying bless him!).
We ate Chinese from the club's own Chinese take-away, and then an alarm bell went off. I was thinking fire alarm, but no...
We were in an RSL-run club, which is sort of equivalent to the British Legion. In Australia, all RSL clubs stop at a particular time, stand and face West while a narrated video plays images from the World Wars. "Lest we forget" lights up and everyone recites a verse. I learnt from my trip to Turkey on Anzac day that Australians are strongly patriotic, but this shows that the significance to them runs deep every day of the year. It was amazing to see all the age-groups, all at different stages of sobriety, all stand in unison and contemplate the sacrifice that their ancestors made. I cannot imagine that happening in a UK pub.
I'm looking forward to this coming Tues, when I start sorting out job stuff. I have a few meetings in place, and hopefully will have a better idea about what my options are come Tues evening. Hopefully Glen's contract will also be in writing by then, and we can start looking forward to some income!
Other than that I've posted some photos, and I hope you are all well. I miss the UK already - Australia has crap chips.