News from Down Under January 2017

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Hello everyone! I'm starting to slowly catch my breath before school closes down for the Christmas break on Friday, so here is my news for those of you that are interested.
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Two weeks ago our container arrived in Adelaide in the south of Australia from Southampton, UK, after travelling approximately 12000 nautical miles. It cleared customs within a few days (we couldn't believe our luck!) and was transferred onto a train to make the 2979km journey to Darwin. It arrived safely last week and was delivered to our new rental home on Saturday, so no prizes for guessing what we've been doing this weekend! Almost all of our stuff survived undamaged, and the few mishaps aren't serious, HOWEVER....... I haven't unpacked my teapots so fingers crossed they all arrived in one piece!
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I love our new home and I think we'll be very happy there. We live in a suburb called Fannie Bay (yes you read right!). Ironically, when I did my research before we moved here I saw it on the map and jokingly said we should live there, as I was so amused by the name. Actually, it is one of the loveliest suburbs in Darwin, literally a stone's throw away from the ocean and a coastal nature reserve perfect for long walks on the coast and for picnics.
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As far as school goes, I decided that I simply needed to find another school where I could have more of an impact and be happier. I was extremely unhappy and for once decided to put my own happiness ahead of the interest of others. Selfish, I know. However, I simply couldn't live another day with the consistent swearing and verbal abuse (sounds melodramatic I know but it's actually an understatement). I've secured a one term contract at another school of which I've had good reports and a positive interview experience. After that I simply have to trust God and my resumΓ© for a job. If all else fails I will do relief teaching. I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders!

We'll be staying in Darwin over Christmas, just settling into our new home and exploring the local scene, possibly going away one or two weekends. I haven't done any scrapbooking in over two years and I plan on catching up, taking long walks and reading as much as I can.
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The food here is great.... fresh fruit and veg, seafood and meat is of an exceptionally high standard and we have had great meals at home, at street markets and in restaurants. Earlier this month we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary (yes, can you believe I'm that old!) at an award-winning restaurant in Darwin, and whilst the food was great(and the bill even greater!... sarcastic.....) food at other restaurants and markets are equally good and cheaper!
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Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas from a hot and humid Darwin!

Estia
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