Project Sunshine is now in progress. We finally left the UK on the 28th January, soon after the birth of Alba Edith, completing a trio of granddaughters. It was lovely to see the happiness in Rachel and Charlotte's faces as they embark on their new adventure of parenthood. We also had a lovely couple of days with Rob and Jas and the girls. It was a very emotional departure but here we are.
We ended up spending about four weeks in Bali while we waited for our worldly goods to land in Brisbane. We moved around Bali a bit so got to enjoy Indonesia again at a relaxed pace. We even spent a few days in the honeymoon suite at a secluded resort in the centre of the paddy fields - we were their only guests so received four star treatment.
in Brisbane on the 23rd February and set about turning ourselves into
Aussies. The first thing on the agenda was to buy a car. After a day looking
at various SUV vehicles (neither of us are car enthusiasts) we settled
on a KIA Sportage. When going through the paperwork we were informed that
we needed a Queensland Driving License in order to buy a car - and to
get a license we needed proof of residency! Thankfully the owner of the
Airbnb we were staying at let us use her address. There followed a trip
to the bank in order to change details and get a headed bank statement
made out to our new address, etc. We managed to get the necessary together.
The next thing on the agenda was a trip to the Princess Alexandra Hospital to see if they would reinstate Keith on their patient list. Unfortunately during our six year absence, they had digitised their records but Keith's details were not in their database. However - not a problem - we just needed to get another referral from our GP. We turned up at the GPs in the city and were advised there would be a ten minute wait for an appointment. When he finally appeared, it turned out to be the same GP who had first diagnosed my condition 10 years ago. We both recognised each other and he was only too willing to help.
By the end
of Week One we had a car, a hospital appointment two weeks hence, and
had managed to catch up with Emily (over from NZ on a course), as well
as having dinner with Peter and Eliza (whom we had met in Bali).
We had to
interrupt our search to attend Keith's hospital appointment in Brisbane.
We had been concerned that his lymphoma had returned. In the UK they would
not consider any treatment or further investigations until he showed some
symptoms. In contrast, the Australian consultant had retrieved Keith's
medical records and was keen to carry out a CT Scan and Bone Marrow Biopsy
- and discussed treatment options. These procedures are now arranged for
the next couple of weeks - with a follow up appointment in early April.
This, the sunshine, and Ozzy lifestyle was the rationale behind our move
We are now actively searching for our Champagne house on a beer budget - will let you know how we get on. Between house hunting we have managed to catch up with some old friends and are enjoying the outdoorsy lifestyle. Early morning walks - at 6.30am the beaches are full of swimmers and surfers, and joggers frequent the footpaths. We have also visited the sailing club and received a warm welcome. Project Sunshine progresses...