G’day, and season’s greetings to all of our friends and family! We just wanted to provide you with a festive update, and fill you in on what we have been up to since we last spoke.
In our last blog, we told you a bit about life in Perth, and how we were settling in here. Since then, we have got to know Perth a little better, and we are really starting to enjoy living here. The weather, obviously, plays a massive part in that, and we have really enjoyed spending time outside – riding our bikes, walking along the beach or the river, and sitting in the beer garden of our local pub.
The economy in Western Australia (WA) is still going strong, mainly due to the resources boom, and it looks like things will stay this way for the foreseeable future. Whilst the cost of living here is high, we feel that it is all relevant and fairly affordable.
Both of our jobs are going well. Sarah is receiving extremely positive feedback from her boss, which is great, and Simon is enjoying his new job – although working as the only man in a team of 20-30 women has it’s challenges!
We are still living in East Perth, and enjoying the convenience of being so close to where we work in the city – a 2 minute walk to the train station, a 3 minute train ride into Perth and a 10 minute walk to our respective offices. In fact, we have just renewed the lease on our apartment for another six months. The possibility of living closer to the beach and by the sea is very appealing, so this is something that we may reconsider next year. However, being so close to the city, and only a 20 minute drive to the coast, maybe we couldn’t be better located…
We have now sold our camper van and, whilst we didn’t get as much money for it as we would have liked, we are pleased to have sold it fairly quickly. We are now in the market for a new vehicle and are currently taking motorcycle lessons, with the view to purchasing a Vespa scooter in the new year.
Sarah’s dad and brother are currently staying with us, and it has been great to see them again. They landed in Perth on Tuesday 13 December, and their first week/ten days has really blown by. Ian and Jamie are having a great time, and are enjoying the laidback, outdoor lifestyle, as well as the great weather, of course! We have kept them busy with trips to the Swan Valley, Fremantle and Mandurah, and we have a few other things planned before they fly home on Tuesday 3 January. Here are some photos that we have uploaded to our Flickr account. We are off to Sydney later this week, to celebrate the new year by watching the fireworks in Sydney Harbour, and we will also catch up with some friends, and do some sightseeing. We LOVE Sydney, so we cannot wait to be back there! The flight time from Perth to Sydney is approximately five hours, and there is a time difference of +3 hours.
What are we doing for Christmas? It will be a fairly quiet one, starting with the obligatory beach barbie on Christmas morning – with a shed load of snags and prawns, and then the slightly nontraditional roast [goose] dinner with all of the trimmings on Christmas night. The weather forecast for Christmas Day: sunny and 32 degrees…
So, with the new year just around the corner, what do we have planned for 2012? Well, we both turn 30 this year – Simon in February and Sarah in October, so we will, no doubt, do something to celebrate. We have more visitors coming to Australia at Easter, when the rest of Sarah’s family are joining us for three weeks. We have an action packed itinerary, with trips to Sydney, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast, although we simply do not have enough time to squeeze in a visit to our home here in Perth – so we will look forward to doing that next time.
That’s it from us. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas, and a prosperous new year, and we look forward to speaking to some of you on Skype later today.
Lots of love, Simon & Sarah xx (and Ian & Jamie)
PS – our NEW video camera died this week, so there will now be an unfortunate delay until the latest release from Pickle Productions is ready. Sorry…