Thursday, 31 December 2009

The grass is greener...thats why I want to be there! :)

Do you believe that someone can be born in the wrong place?  Can someone really have a connection to another place without being born there or even having lived there?
I am almost obsessed with moving to the UK. I'm driving my husband mad.
When I say moving, I mean staying a year and then deciding what it's like, renting our house here so we dont throw away our future in one flight of fancy. 
We visited the UK in 2002 for 4 months, we went over just before Christmas so I did exprerience bad weather, low light, dark dark nights and bronchitis caused by bad Birmingham air and dampness and still it didnt put me off the idea of living there.  Everything about England appealed to me, the history, the beauty, the towns, villages and cities, the people, the laneways, cobbled streets, moors, dales, fens, broads...*sigh* I am obessesed I know. I even listen to UK radio, watch UKTV, download UK shows, books, plays...My Dad was Scottish so that fueled my first magical images of Scotland, and my Mum was a lover of British literature, history and Royalty, was that where it all started?
Anyway, my poor husband who loves his job here, earns a great wage, has a real love of his own country that I lack, said he may give it a go if I can prove to him that we wouldnt lose everything or be much worse off!   So Im now scouring job sites, immigration sites, real estate etc trying to see if this could work.
I should mention I have many relatives in England and Scotland who I'd love to know better, BUT I also have my best friend and cousin here in Australia and basically she is the one doubt I have about moving...I would miss her soo much!! 
BUT should I do it?  am I living in a dream world, grass is greener etc...I like Australia but I simply hate the  heat, I dread Summer,  the depressingness of the parched earth, straw coloured grass and red earth, the  sport culture, bad educational standards compared to Europe...the isolation!  People by the score move out here for the very things I dont like ;)  As I sit here in 38 degree heat...I just want to leave :(   Maybe it's me, Im in a rut, I feel like something inside me is squeezed shut and cant be released here...


Sue said...

Agh, I would miss you guys terribly. BUT I would come visit. And I would love you to do this because I know how much you want to do it. Why not? If you can get Flossie on board, then go for it I say!

There are a lot of your genetics that exist in the UK, on both sides. I do think people have particular pulls to different places, and who can say why?

All I know is Jane will think you are quite mad! Haha :) Diff'rent strokes etc etc etc

Sal said...

I think you need to do your homework well!
Make sure you choose the right place to live... as the grass is not always greener!
Our country is in one heck of a mess (standards are not what they once were) and if you think educational standards are better here in the UK, then I can assure you that they are not!
Don't get me wrong, I love my country and I would not leave it because I live in a beautiful, rural area and for me there are many positives.
But for you... it's a huge step !
However,it seems to be something that you must do in order to satisfy your urge and if you don't do it then you will always be left wondering!

Good luck...and a happy new year!!

Cloudbusting said...

Thanks so much Sal for your honest and enouraging words..I am trying to be as realistic as possible, and as you say, doing much research!! Interesting that you say the educational standards are worse, the English people in my street, and others Ive talked to seem to think we in Australia are behind on education..(what does that say about Australia if you think they're not good in the UK!)
Maybe it's a silly idea and I have my head in the clouds...but somehow I need to still do it! crazy maybe ;)

fenandned said...

Hi honey, I'm just catching up on my blog reading, Wow this is a big one for you and yours! I kinda know how you feel, I had a similar 'pull' to France and when it's there it's not going away is it! I'm sure you don't need to be told to do your homework, being a sensible adult and all. So I would just say what I have felt about my french love affair! (I did move there for a short time but circumstances unfortunately dragged me home and my plan is to get back there within the next 4 years) My words are these and I'm sure you know this aswell! Life is short and I think that with matters like this that you have to do what you feel is right for you at that moment in time, as you are sensibly not planning to give up your home, what's the worst that can happen? If it turns out it wasn't for you then back you go, you don't have to prove anything to anyone and at the end of the day when were old and grey it was all part of what made our lives what they were and better to say 'well that's what we did' than 'what if we done that' and 'if only'. You may find that it isn't for you and you return home with a new found love for Australia. But you don't know until you try. I believe that everything happens for a reason and if that was your path then so it will be. Oh, I'm really going on aren't I, so I'll stop now as I could go on forever! Just to say and I mean it, if there is anything I can do for you, finding anything out etc. please just ask and I will be only to happy to help.
Sarah xxx
P.S Pick Somerset!:D