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The Adventure Starts Here

A big G'Day to all you bloggers up there in the northern hemisphere!! Hope you're all rugged up with the cold spell.

We've been sweltering in the heat here, up til this week, wet and cool in Sydney now! What a change. I'm sure you've all heard about the devastating bush fires in Victoria, so many lives and homes have been lost, it even brought Kevin Rudd to tears. And the opposite is the case in north Queensland with the flooding, also devastating. We need pipes bringing the water down south I reckon.

I moved here, to Sydney, almost 5 years ago, with my other half and 3 kids. I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches, such a beautiful area. My husband transferred from Ireland with his work, and the kids were 3 months, 5years and 8 years at the time. I think our respective families thought we were crazy or brave or both, moving here with 3 young kids, especially when I'd never been here even for a holiday! My husband had been in the merchant navy and had stopped off here from time to time. Anyway, we're all well settled now, kids turning into little Aussies. The younger two are in primary school and my older daughter's in high school.

If anyone has any questions about the whole moving/settling in thing or just want to know what day to day life is like, and what the Aussies are like(not all Bruce and Sheila!!), I will do my best to help out.

Fair dinkum!


Aoife

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Comment by Aoife McGee on March 12, 2009 at 22:07
Hi heroni,

Narrabeen is a lovely spot, the lakes are beautiful, lovely for a walk, taking a picnic and theres a kids playground too. Theres a monthly market by the lakes too.

We are in Belrose, in whats called the Forest area, which takes in Killarney Heights, Forestville, Frenchs Forest and Belrose and Davidson. Its a good location for working in the city and not too far from the beaches either. If you are buying a house Killarney Heights and Forestville tend to be more expensive, prob for renting too, as they are that little bit closer to the Roseville Bridge for getting into the city. Its leafy, lots of parks and has a few small shopping centres for all the essentials. Family friendly, with good schools and preschools.

The closer you go to the beaches, the more expensive property gets. Certain areas have a lot of apartments (units they call them here), for example Dee Why and parts of Manly. It all depends on what you are looking for and where you or your partner will be working.

I don't think there are any dodgy areas as such, not that I have heard anyway.

Weather wise, its about 24 average during the day at the moment, not cold but you may need a few hoodies or light jackets for the evening. Mind you, coming from such a cold winter there you will prob think its gorgeous here!
Any other questions, feel free to ask.

Aoife

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