Friday, January 28, 2011

Big Changes

We're Moving!!!

Kim has excepted a job up north in Queensland with another mining company. He'll work on site, and won't be required to wear a suit everyday. That'll be really nice for him with how hot it gets, but I'll miss not seeing him come home from work looking so handsome.

We'll be living in a small town called Bowen. In one direction it's 40 minutes from the mine site, and in the other direction it's 40 minutes to Airlie Beach. Most people don't know where Bowen is, but do know about the vacation spot Airlie Beach so that makes it easy for people to get an idea of where we'll be.

The upper arrow is where we're moving to and the bottom arrow
is where we're moving from.

I don't think it'll be too hard on the girls. They 're not in school yet and don't have friends that they hang out with everyday. It is disappointing having to move from the friendships I've made here in Gawler and the activities we've been active in, but we'll jump into Bowen and will see what it has to offer. I plan on sending the girls to Kindergarten, so I'll have to find the one I like pretty quick because Emmy starts in a year and there are usually waiting lists so I have no idea if we'll even be able to get in to the one of our choice. After Kindergarten I'll have to see their learning preferences and styles and if homeschooling will be an advantage for them if they need a faster pace or more of a child led learning process. That is a whole other post, I'm getting off topic here....

Here's some Bowen Facts for you...
  • Located in the dry tropics. Bowen has all the warm sunny weather of a tropical climate, but it is much dryer than one would expect for tropical beaches.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is only a boat ride away.
  • At Bowen's latitude the Trade Winds provide a pleasant breeze. The warmest month is January, with an average maximum temperature of 31 degrees C (88 degrees F). The coolest month is July, with an average maximum temperature of 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) and an average overnight minimum of 14 degrees C (57 degrees F).
  • Bowen is on a peninsula, with ocean on three sides. This gives eight beaches surrounding the town, namely Kings Beach, Queens Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Murrays Bay, Greys Bay, Rose Bay, and the Front Beach. There is also the clothing-optional Coral Bay.
  • In late 2006, the movie Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, was filmed in Bowen.
  • The town has retained much of its old world charm, and visitors to modern day Bowen could easily feel themselves transported to the 1940's or 1950's. (This is true for the majority of country towns in Australia )
  • Bowen is the gate way to the Whitsunday Islands with more than 70 of them!

If you've been wanting to visit us out here then you should stop waiting around and buy some tickets and mark your calendars because this is THE PLACE to catch us for some pretty exciting things to do.

We're really looking forward to the change and adventure of living in a new place. We have no plans to buy a home up there, but I do have a feeling that we might. I've never felt connected to our house here in Gawler even though our home is nice and I like the town. There are houses you live in and there are houses that are home and I can't wait to find a home house, if that makes any sense! Pictures of our rental property will be posted soon!

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