A little note on our BIG move……..

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Me (on an ecstatic phone call to Mr. B) : ‘AHHHHH!! Ohhhhh maiiiii gawd. Did you see the email?’

Mr. B, cool as a cucumber responds, ‘ What email? What is it? Is everything ok?’

Me, ‘Everything is awesome!!’ (cue singing the Lego movie theme tune)…. ‘Our visas. They were granted over night! WE HAVE OUR VISAS!!’ –

At the risk of sounding oh so very cliché, that email, that phone call, they really were life changing. It’s the accumulation of around 6 years worth of daydreaming about a different way of life, & meticulously plotting our escape from the UK. It’s the reward for slogging away over the past 3 years, sifting through mountains of paperwork & subjecting the Mr. to assessment after assessment (to satisfy the Oz government & their criteria of his occupation). It’s been 1 year since we employed the services of a migration consultant, & 4 months from the moment we submitted our final application. Even after all of this, it’s only just the beginning. The start of a new adventure, & a brand new chapter for team Bananas.

It’s likely, that a fair few of you reading this will have some kind inkling on our plans to relocate to the other side of the world- I’ve only really mentioned it on here in ‘passing’. & The reason for this? I guess there was a part of me scared to jinx the outcome, if I was to prematurely discuss it, in such an open way.

Well…..NOT ANYMORE!! Early next year, the three of us will be leaving the UK for sunnier climes, & more laid back way of life- heading to the land down under, to call Sydney home. I’m not gonna lie, writing that down? Terrifies & excites me, in equal measure. I don’t think the magnitude of such a decision will really hit home until we pack up all our belongings & hop on that plane.

We’re under no illusion of just how hard this entire relocation will be, for all of us. From the obvious emotional upheaval, missing our nearest & dearest, to our new family dynamics, routine & structure. But I’m optimistic that everything will work out & this is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing for us as a family.cool bananas, cool bananas blog, migration I’m conscious not to turn this announcement into an essay, but I guess there are a few points I should include, so I’ll try & keep them brief…

Why move? Numerous reasons. Firstly, my childhood was spent on the tropical isle of Borneo & I desperately seek the outdoor way of life, coupled with some warmth. It’s a lifestyle I’d love for my son to experience, & as parents we feel like Australia has far more opportunities available to offer him for the future (sadly, We’ve grown tired & disillusioned with the UK).

Mr. B’s skills are ‘in demand’, easily transferrable out there, & thus made applying for a visa applicable (he’s a plumber by trade). Here, in the UK, he’s self-employed, & although there are huge benefits to this, & we’re moderately ‘comfortable’, we hardly see one & another, with such a high demand on his workload. In Australia, he intends to become an employee, & we hope to strike a better life balance: coupled with all the outdoors activities we can participate in as a family, helped by a more accessible climate, year round.

 An added bonus, obvs, is that they drive on left & speak the same language. Kinda. Struuuth Sheila. 😉

Cost of living- considering we’re relocating from a South East London borough, to a suburb just north of Sydney, we don’t expect to be financially any better off. If anything, the cost of living is likely to be higher & our income lower, therefore making us financially worse off. As I said before, our incentive isn’t monetary driven.

Job: ‘Does Mr. B have a job to go to?’ …..Errr, no. Not as yet. I know, I know, this sounds insane. He’s leaving the security of an established, successful business, to move half way around the world, to, nothing. In an ideal world, between now & leaving (mid to end of Feb 2016 is our provisional date) we’d like to try & secure a job offer, or at least line up some interviews for as soon as we arrive. But, within the trade industry, it’s much easier & common practice, to obtain an offer of employment in person, based upon an assessment of your skill set & knowledge, rather than over email/ skype. & For everyone who knows the Mr, I’m sure they’ll agree, I’ve absolutely no doubts that he’ll fall on his feet.

& What about for me? Currently, the Mr. is our main earner. I hustle for a living, (I’m pretty sure that term was invented for rappers & bloggers) fitting in as much work as I can, around a 2 day nursery window (& the odd favor now & then from the grand ‘rents to childmind), here on my blog & freelance content writing etc. Once in Australia, I hope to establish myself further with blogging. There’s also a couple of online based health companies I adore, who regularly have blog content writer positions cropping up, & as long as childcare would allow it, I’d love to peruse this further. But I remain completely open minded, both of us do, & what ever we need to do to get by, we will…..drawing the line at anything morally or legally questionable, obvs!

Currently, our biggest consideration is, wonga, dough, bees & honey. Money. We’re in the process of raising the funds we need for our relocation: the costs to physically get ourselves out there & the ability to back ourselves finaincally for the first 6 months. & We’re knee deep in planning all the other details too, like packing up the house & shipping our worldly possessions, moving out of our home, booking plane tickets….this list is endless!

I’ll probably leave it there for today, after all I did say this was a ‘little’ note on our big move (there’s so much to talk about!!).

There is so much to organise (seriously, my head could explode any minute!) but I’m determined to carve out a little time to cover all aspects of our move & new adventures over the next year or so, on here & hopefully with a video diary- I’d love y’all to join us on our journey, sharing the highs & lows, laughter & fun along the way.




  1. 14/12/2015 / 5:38 PM

    YAY!! VERY exciting news… so happy the dream is all coming together…when is the big move going to happen?? x

  2. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:09 AM

    Thanks Emma!! xx

  3. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:09 AM

    You don’t even need to ask. Just be there….or be square. (never really understood that saying!!) x

  4. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:08 AM

    & I fully expect to see you out there, in the very near future too, missy. 🙂 x

  5. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:08 AM

    Mwah, Lisa xx

  6. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:07 AM

    Thank you Jenna, can’t wait to share it all 🙂 xx

  7. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:07 AM

    Thank you so much Donna!! 🙂 xx

  8. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:07 AM

    Hehehe, I”m secretly looking through all the sales for summery bits too…… xx

  9. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:06 AM

    Thanks Jess! Hope we get to catch up before we leave xxx

  10. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:05 AM

    Thank you so much for the comment/ support! Ah, it’s *only* a few more hours away from Ireland, right?!!! 😉

  11. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:04 AM

    Thank you lovely! Still doesn’t feel real- Once we’re packed up & on the plane I’m sure it’ll hit me. xx

  12. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:04 AM

    Ahh, thanks!! & Yup, that’s the idea, y’all can enjoy the journey from the comfort of a cuppa tea & the couch 🙂

  13. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:03 AM

    Thank you Kara, will probably chew your ears off with it all when we have our next Kentish meet up, lol. xx

  14. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:02 AM

    Thank you so much Lucy! Hope to see you before we skedaddle xx

  15. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:01 AM

    so.much. My head could explode!! Can’t wait to share it all & thank you for your lovely message Chloe x

  16. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 11:00 AM

    hahahaha, this made me chuckle John!! Bonza Bananas, love it (Although, the phrase ‘cool bananas’ is something i picked up from previous Aussie visits too…) & TY for the encouragement 🙂

  17. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 10:59 AM

    Ugh, it’s taken FOREVER. I don’t think I’ll get properly psyched until we’re actually on that plane! & Thank you lovely, will likely be asking you for the emotional support!! 🙂 xx

  18. MrsCoolBananas
    03/11/2015 / 10:57 AM


  19. 01/11/2015 / 11:16 PM

    WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! Fingers crossed for ya! Sounds pretty damn exciting!

  20. 29/10/2015 / 1:30 AM

    This is the most exciting news I’m so happy for you that it’s all finally happening!! It feels like forever ago we were talking about this!!

    I’m SO happy for you guys, please let me know if I can do anything to help although I’m sure you’ve got it covered 🙂


  21. 28/10/2015 / 11:40 AM

    Bonza Bananas Blog? Very best of luck. I doubt you’ll regret the move.

  22. 28/10/2015 / 9:54 AM

    Lots to do, but VERY exciting. I have no doubt that the Sydney lifestyle and temperature will be miles better than South East London. A lot of the time I wish I was doing something similar myself! Can’t wait to read more about your adventure.

  23. 28/10/2015 / 9:41 AM

    Ahhhhh, so exciting!!! And I’m sure more than a little bit scary too. But I’m sure it’s going to be such an amazing thing for your family. Good luck with it all, looking forward to following your journey. x

  24. 28/10/2015 / 9:12 AM

    Whoop whoop. Awesome bloody news.
    Let’s hope it all goes smoothly. Jealous of your adventure so going go live through you xx

  25. 28/10/2015 / 8:02 AM

    This is so exciting. For you, I’d be terrified. That’s thengreatbthing about blogging. I get to watch from the comfort of my familiar surrounding. Cannot wait to hear and see more.

  26. 27/10/2015 / 11:48 PM

    VERY exciting! Congrats. I know it’s always been your dream. Keep your eye fixed in the prize and your dreams come true 🙂

  27. 27/10/2015 / 11:09 PM

    Wow, how exciting! We moved from England to Northern Ireland five years ago and I found thought that was a ‘big move’, moving to Australia is massive! Wishing you the best of luck with your planning over the next year, it will be amazing once you get out there!

  28. 27/10/2015 / 10:35 PM

    I’m so excited for you!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures! xx

  29. 27/10/2015 / 10:33 PM

    So excited and happy for you guys, I know how much it means to you lovely, although you will be missed lots. Best keep those summer clothes at the ready, you’ll be needing them more than here! x

  30. 27/10/2015 / 10:28 PM

    I am so excited for you! What an incredible opportunity and I know that if you didn’t do it now, before school and all that it might not happen in the future. Looking forward to seeing how the next few months pan out – congrats lovely! x

  31. 27/10/2015 / 10:07 PM

    Ahh, such wonderful news. I’m very happy for you and I look forward to following more of your journey. 🙂 x

  32. 27/10/2015 / 9:54 PM

    Such amazing and exciting news katrina, I’m thrilled for you and your family and can’t wait to follow your journey x

  33. 27/10/2015 / 9:52 PM

    And I couldn’t be happier for you! I fully intend to come and make a nuisance of myself in Sydney at some point in the very near future! xx

  34. 27/10/2015 / 9:51 PM

    Wooooop! When can we come & visit?

  35. 27/10/2015 / 9:47 PM

    Yay! fantastic news! Now the fun begins 🙂

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