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Friday, January 20, 2012

I Dream of Australia.

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I love clouds and sky, they are just as majestic as the ocean and they are always above you even when the ocean is far away.  I find peace in by looking at the sky, I find the NOW when I watch the clouds or stars. 
They say that the only thing that stays the same is that everything changes. 
This week, everything has changed. 
 My husband said that we could move to Australia.
I have been thinking, planning, plotting and investigating this very move for 4 years now.
I realized today when I spoke to him that, I knew what it looks like by watching every National Geographic show and Crocodile Hunter episode, that my favorite movies as a teenager were "The man from Snowy River and Quigley Down Under".  I have watched every Youtube video on Australia.  I tried to win a trip for 2 to Oz last year by entering 100 times on an online wine tourism promotion.  My friend tried to get me in on that trip Oprah did last year to Oz.  Neither one happened. 
I know what they eat, how they talk, all of their holidays and traditions.  I find myself stalking real estate in South Australia bi-weekly.  I know what it sounds like and  have researched it's climate and job openings, how to apply for a visa, got moving quotes and found out if we could bring our cats.
  The one thing I wasn't sure about Australia was the way it smelled.
But then I told my husband that, yes I did know how it smelled because Oz is with me everyday in my flower shop.  I always have eucalyptus and wax flower, soon I will have lepto and acacia too. 
Maybe I have been obsessed or maybe I am just
a Mom who is trying to make sure she gets her offspring to a safe place were he can flourish. 
Australia has been singing me to it for 4 years now and finally my other half is in full support.
A relative of mine told me once that I inherited the Pioneer Gene.  My Great Grandparents migrated from Germany to the US, what is so crazy about me wanting to migrate Down Under?.......  Nothing.
This would be a good time for me to announce that if there is anyone in the Brisbane or Adelaide area that would like to sponsor me or my strapping husband, I can be reached by email:
This sounds like prostitution, but I promise it is not,  I am not that kind of Heidi.
Thanks for sticking with me all of these years.  I am thinking of documenting my journey through this blog.
I am wondering what you all think of that?
OMG!!! I can't believe this is finally going to happen.
I can't wait to see the sky, clouds and ocean in Oz.


Melbourne Girl said...

Heidi, WELCOME!!! Come on down!

I'm not in Brisbane or Adelaide, but Melbourne. If you like humidity then Brisbane is for you. If you like dry heat, then Adelaide's the place. For me, who has also lived in Brisbane, Melbourne is my fav place. But it all depends on what you're looking for
Good luck with the move. Your cats are welcome too, but I think they'll have to go into quarantine for a bit. We have some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world when it comes to livestock/pets etc. anyway, they'll need to acclimatise too I guess.
Good luck with the move. You'll have to let us know what sort of work you all do so we can set you in the right direction
Take care...can't wait for you to be an "aussie"


Leah - The Inside Story said...

Wow, how exciting for you. We do live in the best country in the world. You wouldn't regret a thing. Good Luck!! Leahx

Heather said...

are you really? how awesome. Every once in a while I try to convince my husband to look for jobs in Australia. I think it would be the coolest adventure. So save the house next door and we'll meet up in Australia. :) Good luck!

Rosie said...

Just headed here via another Australian blog! How exciting, it's a pretty fab place to live. I'm in Melbourne though!

Jules said...

Heidi, This is wonderful news! Does it absolutely have to be Brisbane or Adelaide? The central west of NSW could probably use your husbands expertise!!!!

Interior Chocolates said...

I live in Brisbane! It is by far the best place in Australia! Hot, Summery weather all year round and the friendliest people around. You will love it here!

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

Oh my gosh, just found your beautiful blog & here i am, in Australia!! Come, now, don't wait!!
We have lived all over Australia, except not in South Australia, but we have bought a property there (investment) & South Australians are VERY proud of being there, they even call the capital Adelaide, "Radelaide" to make it sound cooler. Did you know there are TONNES of Germans in SA?? They invented the SA wine industry.
We're currently living in the capital city Canberra (no, it's not Sydney, i'm sure you knew that) & are about to buy 250 acres so we can transition to the country & let our 4 children run free, have horses & farm lifestyle, big homestead & organic solar living. Can't believe it's happening & my husband is a soldier (currently in Afghanistan, so i'm doing this on my own).
Australia smells like - every state is different, Darwin is tropical, smells like Singapore Orchids, you'll adore the country.
Good luck, love Posie

Beth said...

Hi Heidi, how exciting for you moving to Aus. I emigrated from the UK a few years ago and have never regretted it. I do miss some things from my homeland but Australia is such a wonderful country and a great place for kids.
Oh, and the smell is fresh air! Lungfuls of lovely fresh air tinged with the odd breeze of jasmine or gardenia flowers.
best wishes,

Kelly said...

Heidi, how bizarre .. beleive it or not I have just stumbled accross your blog and read your latest post. I am an Adelaide girl. SA is a great state and I hope to raise my children here one day - we have a great standard of living and I definitely love my life here. Wonderful friends, a great job and my own little piece of real estate in a suburb called Rose Park. If you do decide to relocate to Brisbane I am sure you'll love that too. But if Adelaide is meant to be I would be more than happy to share the ins and outs of our fine State. The wine truly is fabulous. Also in another post earlier I read that someone mentioned Hahndorf ... I was just up there this morning for breakfast at this great new restaurant called Haus. You will have to go there one day! All the best. Kelly

Millie said...

Well you know my feelings. I'll mail you.
Millie xx

cinnamon hill said...

Hi Heidi, your blog is one I can always count on to enjoy ... I was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia 25 years ago ... I love it here ... ( 1/2 way between Brisbane & Gold Coast ) we live on a small acreage and have best of both worlds... Brisbane city north of here and gold coast beaches to the south ..the weather is so nice.. the only thing I miss is nice gardens that need a cooler climate with more rainfall ... but you cant have everything ! ... I always listen to what people say about all the different locations to live ... I have travelled a little but the MOST popular places are Melbourne = hot summers and cooler winters and very artsy and neat shops .. much more individual , innovative rather than the top chains that are everywhere ,,, then Perth ... everyone loves it there .. I haven't been but the set back is the geographical location .. is very expensive to fly anywhere from there ... then Sydney for the city life and fast pace and beaches if thats what your into ... Northern New South Wales near Byron Bay is another world .. artsy , beaches , music ,vegetarian food very funky and down to earth ... love it there .... most interesting places for me would be BYRON BAY and MELBOURNE ... all the best ! can't wait to share your adventure !!! Steph x

Janelle McCulloch said...

Such wonderful news! Especially after waiting for so long. There are lots of forums and great advice on the Internet about moving to Australia from US expats who have already done it. Australia is slightly more expensive than the US, but certainly not in the league of England. And the lifestyle makes up for it. We've lived in many places around the world but adore our country, which will always be our home! Best wishes. I'm thrilled for you.
Janelle McCulloch | LIbrary of Design

Ange said...

Hi Heidi, I am so excited for you!!! I am from NZ but married to an Aussie and have lived here on the Gold Coast (1 hour south of Brisbane) for the past 4 years. I absolutely love it (and would love it all the more if you were here!!) My husband grew up in South Australia and has a fondness for it. We were there visiting his family just before Christmas. I'm not sure what you mean by a sponsor but I would be more than happy to do whatever I can to help you persue your dream!! Praying every blessing upon you and your family :)

Shauna said...

I have some cousins in Australia and am hoping to someday get over there for a visit! It looks like a wonderful place! You must be beyond excited...I hope you blog your adventure!!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Very happy for you Heidi! Hope it's everything you have dreamed of! I'm sure you will end up just where you need to be. Of course I must mention that Brisbane is a beautiful place to bring up kids - a very laid back and friendly city. All the best, Tracey xx

for the love of a house said...

I wish you joy as you follow your heart!

~Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So, throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the tradewinds in your sails.

~Mark Twain


Bespoke Letterpress Boutique said...

we are here in seaside brisbane. it smells like the tangy scent of salt mixed with fresh breezes, the lingering smell of summer blooms in our mock orange hedges (which grow with abundance thus time of year) and the sounds of very subtle waves in the distant background. there is the smell of wet grass and that scent in the air that a summer storm is near. It most of all smells like home. I hope that you too can say that one day!

Lisar said...

Well, has beena little while since I read your blog and am ever so excited for you and your move to Australia... I am another living in Melbourne and wouldn't want to live anywhere else...not too hot, not too humid...just right!!! Can't wait to read all of your plans.

Heidi said...

Thanks for all of your comments. The best things come to those who wait, they say. You have painted an even greater picture of Oz for me to dream about. I will keep you in touch with the latest details of this adventure. Right now, I'm afraid it's still, " Hurry up and Wait". Love, Heidi