Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wild turkeys

 Spot the wild turkeys at the edge of my daughter's garden? It's lovely to see them roaming around nearby. It seems they are protected and quite common around Brisbane.

We're making progress with our move - new bank accounts, medical cards, phone numbers (though mine doesn't seem to be working yet?), house insurance and the keys to our new home.

Our container has unfortunately been delayed and until we have that we can't move into our house. The ship arrived in Brisbane yesterday and the container has been unloaded. The last step is to go through customs and the quarantine inspection. That will be about another 10 days. It will be nice to have my sewing things again.

Monday, January 29, 2018

View from the window

The last of four quilts for my grandchildren is almost done. I want to finish it in time to give it to my granddaughter when we get to Brisbane in about a week's time.
Looking up from the sewing machine where I'm sitting,  I'm reminded that I am in lush tropical Bangkok. It's steamy and hot every day. When there is rain - heavy big raindrops that obscure the buildings across the narrow roadway - I think of dry parched Cape Town and the looming Day Zero, the day the city may run out of water. It's two months since we left and still Rod and I are super conscious of every drop of water we use. I do hope the rains arrive early for the Cape this year.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year in Winklespruit

New Year and we're on the move. Our house in Cape Town has been packed up and sold and our container is on its way to Australia. Mixed feelings? Oh yes!Dreadfully sad to leave - so sad neither Rod nor I talk about it much - but very excited about the future.

We are now on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast staying with family in their beautiful flat with a glorious view of the beach, the sea and the coastline for miles and miles in either direction. This is one if my favourite holiday places with many fond memories of childhood holidays. It's been an especially good way to start the New Year.

Next stop on our journey is Bangkok and a visit to my elder daughter and her family. We fly off via Dubai on Monday.

I trust that 2018 will be kind and productive year for all of us.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Big Move, and the Journey to Get There

When out of the blue a move across the ocean to another continent is suggested by your daughter, this after spending your whole life very happily in South Africa, the answer comes neither quickly or nor easily. But, add to that the indirect question my father asked in a different context the night before he very unexpectedly passed away "Could you live there?" and we got to thinking about uprooting our lives to settle in Australia and be near two of our precious grandchildren and a shorter plane journey from the other precious two. That was five years ago.

Once the decision was made to submit an application for residency, there was a delay of over a year before we qualified to apply for a permanent residence visa. It's been been an unsettling and uncertain journey since.  For who knew whether our application would be successful or not? Moving countries is complicated to say the least. There are several rounds of paperwork to complete and many other criteria to be met along the way, and there is absolutely no guarantee of success at the end.

At the outset we were informed that the processing time for our visa would likely be just over a year. At each step of the process we complied as timeously as we could. In the end it took three nail-biting years! The number of applications to immigrate to Australia (in our visa category) has apparently increased remarkably over the last 4 or 5 years and as the number of visas granted each year is limited and static, it simply takes longer and longer for your application to reach the front of ever-lengthening 'queue'.

Eventually, having met the various conditions along the way, we briefly visited Australia earlier this year to 'clock in', and so comply with the final visa requirement. And we now officially have permanent resident status! It's a relief to have that certainty and know that we will after all be going.

Next step is The Big Move. We are going through cupboards trying to thin out a lifetime of possessions. I wish I could be more ruthless but there are boxes of things with sentimental value that are just too hard to part with. I don't know where I will put it all in the little house we will be moving into. I am also not good at goodbyes and parting from very dear friends and family. In all of this I find I have to keep my focus on the future and the big adventure that we have chosen to go on.

We will be in transit for quite some time while we live out of a suitcase and our goods are shipped across the Indian Ocean. I will try to post along the way when I can. It's always lovely to hear from you, so do keep in touch by posting comments here on my blog or email me directly at my usual address lynette.warner[at]gmail[dot]com.

My Etsy shop Lynlubell will close in early November and re-open in February once I am a little more settled. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but it will be tricky at times for me to monitor the shop.

In the meantime I have packing to do and a quilt to make  ...

'Till next time, happy stitching!