Well, our departure date has been pushed out until the first part of April, maybe around April 11th. Jim needs to have a “working” visa (457 visa) for our time in Australia, which takes 4-6 weeks to get. We thought we may have been leaving sooner, with Jim going in on another type of visa, until his 457 was approved, but that plan proved to have too many issues, so meetings were postponed until mid-April and we are properly working our way through the 457 visa system.
We continue to read about Australia, and Melbourne in particular and we are keenly aware of references to Australia in the news and on TV. As a fan of the Ellen Show on TV, I have been paying very close attention because back in January, she announced she was taking her show Down Under in March. For awhile it looked like we would be going to Melbourne around the same time as she was there! Now I look forward to her shows from Sydney and Melbourne as a sneek-peak at what is in store for us!
By leaving a month later than originally thought, we are able to better ready our house for our house-sitter. Hopefully, it will be more spring-like here when we leave, than winter-like so we don’t have to make sure our house-sitter knows how to run our snow blower and how to keep the kitchen sink pipes from freezing in really cold weather! We may even get some yard work in and a couple of screens up in the porch!
My entries here will not be too regular until we get closer to our departure time, so check back, but don’t give-up if there is nothing new for a bit.