I just thought I would post an update to all those who were very kind and helpful in giving us advice. Re - 'Reality hits, going back!'
Hubby started looking for work in the UK and sent off his CV to a few job applications. He didn't get much response from any of them, I think the Canadian address didn't help (Wouldn't be able to attend interviews, etc). He then had to return to the UK himself for 1 week (his company sent him on a contract) and used the opportunity to job hunt. He was basically told by everyone that companies are either letting go or freezing employment.
Well, everything happens for a reason and I really do believe in fate!
It is now March and things are looking a bit brighter for the future. Hubby has just had 2 interviews here in NS and thinks he did quite well. He has been offered a second interview for both.
We have our house on the market and are hoping to sell whether we are staying or not, and whether hubby gets a new job or not. This house is too big for us and we would like more disposable income to allow us holidays and just things we want.
Hubby is still also looking for work in Ontario where I think we will end up. I would love to be near a bigger city with more job prospects, more variety and choice. We'll have to see what happens now.
One big piece of advice I will offer to those coming over to Canada from the UK, or to anywhere new in fact, RENT a property first until you know what your budget is!
Live a few months and work out what you need to live on, what your outgoings and incomings are.
You really don't know all this until you are in a new Country for at least a year. No planning can prepare you for what you spend and what bills will be coming in.
We moved from England where we were fairly well off, hubby had a good salary and we had disposable income, but we lived in a 3 bed semi.
We came her looking for THE big house with lots of space. We wanted acreage and lots more things I can't even remember. We found the house and love it, but really, your priorities change once you arrive here. Acreage doesn't look so nice when you have no neighbours, you have no chance of meeting anyone and your miles from any shops, schools and amenities. Now, this big house we have, well it's too big and we want to downsize.
I think also the good weather coming helped us think rationally about a move back to the UK, after all, we did leave for a variety of good reasons and we would return to the same thing, worse infact because of the economy people are losing jobs so there is no work there!
Do I really want my children returning to a British school?
Do I really want them growing up there with the 'yob culture', teenage attitude, crime and drugs?
Do I really want to return to the busy British roads, the motorways that have traffic jams for hours, the road rage?
Do I really want to return to the crowds of people that don't even look at eachother in passing beacause they are in such a rush?
These are just a few questions I asked myself once I came around.
Yes, I miss Europe bad, I miss being so close to it. I miss the history and culture. I miss the UK for just the way it feels and would have stayed if not for all the above listed. Yes I probably will want to go back again next winter when the cold comes back, but I know in my heart that Canada is the best place to be and to bring up my kids.
I know there are drugs here and there is crime here, but it is not on the same scale as the UK. There is more space to breathe here with far less people.
So, hubby is kind of relieved that we are now going to try again here and make it work.
Take care everyone