Scotland, here we come!

A couple of weeks ago we sent off our visa applications for the UK. They had to be sent to Manilla for processing along with all our passports, including old ones, and original birth certificates for the kids, and our marriage certificate. We also had to have fingerprints and mug shots taken. The applications themselves took many, many hours to complete. Ben did most of it. He’s a stickler for details and incredibly thorough. I’ve never met anyone as thorough as Ben.

We’ve just heard word today that they’ve been approved! WOO HOO! We’re moving to Scotland for definite! It seems they’re not bothered by my criminal ancestry, thank goodness. The only negative is that now I’ve got to go surfing in Aberdeen as I can’t let a University physicist outdo me on this one. [Calling surfing sisters – I need lessons] Although I’ll probably be proud just to be a boogie board diva. Submerging oneself in the icy waters of Aberdeen must be enough of an accomplishment as it is. At least there are no sharks.

It’s good timing because we’ve just put our house on the market. The first open home is this weekend. I’ve never seen our house looking so good.

I love my job and I’m so glad that I get to take it with me. I love the autonomy and the responsibility I am given. I get to think for myself. There’s no recipe book of rules I must follow. I can use my judgement and this is important for job satisfaction. My colleagues are an extraordinary bunch of people – diverse and talented. But most of all, I love helping WordPress users. I get to see the wonderful things they’re passionate about and helping people with the things they’re passionate about is very rewarding.

The Scottish referendum happens before we arrive. It’s hard for me to say what I think — well that’s untrue, it’s never hard for me to say what I think. It’s a bit too easy unfortunately — but I don’t really feel I am fully informed of the pros and cons of independence. However my uniformed view and the romantic in me wants the yes vote to win. And I think that if Tony Abbott thinks independence is a bad idea, then it’s probably a good idea. Go YES!

20 thoughts on “Scotland, here we come!”

  1. Really pleased that you are so close finally to being where you want to be.

    I can’t wait for referendum as that will clear the item off the news and my LRB!

    I think that voters will end up getting cold feet about the economic sustainability of an independent Scotland. Although I do wonder whether, given Scotland’s geography, it might not have been possible for them to plan to set up a lot more alternative power and end up exporting power as an industry.

  2. We’re in Dublin to stay now (plenty of sea swimming here, no wetsuits here of course) after we spent 18 months in the glens north of Dundee back around 2000. Above all I wish you a warm, well insulated house when you get to Aberdeen, ours was freezing even in July! Good luck with the move, you’ll have fun saying what you think from this side of the planet.

    1. Thanks, Paul. I’m already used to cold and badly insulated homes. Houses in Auckland tend to be the same temperature inside as outside. Most of them leak too. No central heating or double glazing either.

    1. I don’t feel like I’ve been treated like a criminal. I’m not bothered by the fingerprinting.

      I forgot to say in my post that the visas also cost us over $4000.

  3. Oh Rachel, how exciting for you! Will be lovely to have you back here again, albeit a few miles away from the West Country, but still, you know what I mean.. 🙂

  4. $4000 ! You should have asked me, it’s amazing what this printer can do. Special discount for red squirrels.

    I would be sad for Scotland to become so separate. The hard won unity of these islands has been a great asset in it’s protection. Still, it is their choice and should be respected.

    I’ve issued an all ports warning for plant eaters. So no munching the flowers. 😀

      1. Yep. Electric drill and all. Do the oil drillers need to be worried. :-), should England declare independence from Scotland, will you lead hordes of red squirrels in a march upon Hollyrood, should I emigrate. ❓ The possibilities are endle ….

  5. This is the wrong time of year to come to Scotland. Yes you get some nice colours in the Autumn, but it also gets colder and wetter and more unpleasant.
    You’re being ripped off over the visas, I suspect an independent scotland wouldn’t charge so much because Salmond knows a bit about demographics.
    The advice over a well insulated house is a good idea, and beware of the radon!

    1. Yes, that was another reason I was quite keen on seeing an independent Scotland: it will probably be easier for us to become citizens.

      Beware the radon? What?

      1. Aberdeen is built on granite and someplaces in it have a problem with radon, a radioactive gas, building up inside. Mind you I’ve not read about it for years, I suspect it’s pretty much solved now.

      2. Thanks. I went a did a bit of research on this. Apparently the problem of radon gas accumulating in housing was first discovered in the United States when an employee at a nuclear power plant set off the radiation detector alarms when he arrived at work. They traced the source of the radiation back to the basement of his house.

  6. Hi Rachel, AV suggested I ask you for help with my blog? Once again the follow stats have frozen, deleting old ones as new ones are added. Clearing the cache did not fix the problem this time. And now my ‘notifications’ is not working; it does not open, just the circle going round and round. I can’t seem to ‘like’ other people’s posts either. Could you maybe help me, or tell me where I should go for help? Thank you so much. My blog is

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