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#1 suze22

Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

Good morning, or should I say afternoon, misses had a shocker last night and I'm not really sure of anything to do with time other than she's asleep and I need another coffee.. original.gif

Just wondering if anyone is Irish, or knows any or how to meet up with some. My hubby is Irish and I think it'd be great, esp for him but for us all if we could meet some others in the same boat. Chance to reminisce, share tales of missing home and share the craic. We went back at Chrissy and the state of the country just confirmed we are in the right place but it doesn't make the home sickness side any easier.

ohhhh and happy aussie day to ALL for tomorrow, we are really so lucky

#2 lotsa

Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:04 PM

There are Irish dancing classes in Tecoma and Emerald, adults and kids, perhaps some Irish families ??

#3 louiseos

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:47 AM

Hello from an Irish person!!

Not sure if you're on FB, but there is a group there called 'Irish Families in Melbourne', who seem to organise several get-together's both for families and adults. I recommend checking them out as there seems to be a bit of activity of people on your 'side' of the city! original.gif

#4 Mel1609

Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:03 PM

My DH is English .....

close, but no cigar ! Still, they usually get on well with the poms, same sense of humour and all that.

#5 suze22

Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

Thanks! Louise I'll get onto that FB page. Mel, English is close, a lot of the same things around the distance from home etc & ability to cope in the cold ; ) How long have ye been out here?

#6 lottiebobs

Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:27 PM

Hi Suze,

Another English family here!  Well adapted to cold weather and living far from family... we survive with regular deliveries of real (UK) Dairy Milk and Marmite  biggrin.gif   Plus, it helps that we LOVE living here!

#7 Mel1609

Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

Hi Suze - we're new to the hills, only a couple of months in. I'm a Melbourne girl, but my husband Daniel is from Hampshire, been out in Oz 11 years, though.

And you ?

#8 suze22

Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:48 AM

Hey Mel, new ourselves moved here october last year. I'm from the middle of nowhere (country Vic) but moved to Melbourne after I finished school. Hubby has been out here for 5 years, we actually met when I was living in Dublin but decided this was the better place for us.

How are you liking the hills?? I still feel like I'm on a holiday, except for the extra house work that I seem to have up here... blink.gif

#9 Mel1609

Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:13 PM

I love the hills, I've always spent a lot of time up here my whole life, and knew I would one day live here, and luckily the day I brought Daniel up for the first tiem, he fell in love, too ! My daughter just started prep last week, which has also helped me feel more settled, and will hopefully get me meeting more people up here.

Do you have any kids ?

#10 suze22

Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:35 PM

Yeah one little crazy cat, Evie. She's nearly 18 months. I'm in the process of looking at child care for 2 days a wk as I thiiinnk I'm going to have to go back to work part time. Sooooo don't want to leave her in child care but hey... Any recommendations?

I don't really know any one up here, tried to join a play group when we moved here and it became mission impossible, couldn't join the one at the lake as they were full. And all of the others were winding up. Going to try Mainly music when it starts. A lot harder then I thought to meet people..

Starting school, how exciting cclap.gif hope it wasn't too emotional for you Mel...

#11 Mel1609

Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE (suze22 @ 12/02/2012, 01:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Starting school, how exciting cclap.gif hope it wasn't too emotional for you Mel...


No way, it was great actually. Natalia was happy as Larry, which made me really proud, and off I went ! Plus I'm 23 weeks pregnant with twins and am loving my time to myself !

Can't help you with childcare recomendations, unfortunately, being so new myself. Where are you ? We're in Belgrve.

#12 suze22

Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:48 PM

Glad to hear school started well, it makes a huge difference if the little one's happy. Took Evie to a few different places today, hoping it might make the whole process easier if she seems happy at one. She was fine at them all, new toys lots going on, but I know it'll be a different story when I leave sad.gif

We're in Belgrave as well, one of the many homes with a killer drive way! rolleyes.gif
23 weeks, how exciting!!!

#13 suze22

Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE (Mel1609 @ 12/02/2012, 07:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No way, it was great actually. Natalia was happy as Larry, which made me really proud, and off I went ! Plus I'm 23 weeks pregnant with twins and am loving my time to myself !

Can't help you with childcare recomendations, unfortunately, being so new myself. Where are you ? We're in Belgrve.


Mel do you still do hairdressing from home?? Mine is beyond amusing at this point... wink.gif Can't seem to PM for some reason so hope you get this....

#14 Mel1609

Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:17 PM

I do - but am almost at the point of packing it in as I'm getting really big. Could squeeze you in though if you wanted - maybe next week ? What are you after ?

#15 suze22

Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE (Mel1609 @ 08/03/2012, 09:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do - but am almost at the point of packing it in as I'm getting really big. Could squeeze you in though if you wanted - maybe next week ? What are you after ?


Blonde foils and a trim, re-growth os out of control! I can imagine it's exhausting being pregnant with twins, hard enough with 1!

#16 Mel1609

Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

have pm'd you.

#17 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:04 PM

waves.gif I live in the Dandenongs but I'm not Irish. But thought I'd say hi anyway ;-P

#18 suze22

Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:49 PM

Hiya tthumbs.gif great to meet another hills lady. Are you also a mum? How long have you lived up here?

#19 suze22

Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE (Mel1609 @ 10/03/2012, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
have pm'd you.


Mel I can't reply to pm's for some reason.... unsure.gif I tried sending one and it didn't go through, have had this issue before. Not really very IT literate...
Maybe pm me your mobile and I'll msg you, or find me on fb Suz 'Dean' Smith blush.gif




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