Thoughts About Who I Am

Still happy after almost 30 years.

We are still happily married after more than 30 years

That’s me there with my husband Dean.  I’m a little older now, wiser and perhaps a little more wrinkly, but I love this photo because I see it captures the joy that exists between us.

We are happily married and have been for more than 30 years now and, apparently, that’s a rare thing these days.  We have three adult daughters, Kate, Shelley and Melissa, and we love them dearly.

In June 2014 I was told there was no longer a place for me in the organisation in which I worked.  I was devastated but all I kept thinking was, “Be positive!  It’s ok!  You’ll get through this!”

But my favourite thought I kept having was:

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

And with that, Dean and I decided to turn a negative into a positive and made the relatively easy decision to go on the “trip of a lifetime” and travel around Australia.

My intention with this blog (initially titled Clare & Dean), was to keep a diary of our experiences, sharing with family and friends the amazing destinations in which we find ourselves, and the adventures we had along the way.  I never imagined others would also be interested in reading about our journey and that I would find so much enjoyment in sharing the photographs I took.

Our big adventure began on Friday, October 31, 2014, and we spent 20 months travelling around Australia, loving living and laughing all the way.

Blogging certainly made the task of keeping everyone up to date enjoyable.  In fact, I loved blogging so much I created another blog (My Creative Cosmos) where I would post (what I liked to call) creative articles that had nothing to do with our trip.

When our trip around Australia was finally over in June 2016, I decided to combine both blogs into one.  It was not an easy decision, and I put a lot of thought into doing so.  The hardest question to answer at the time was “What do I call it?”

After all, what do you get when you add Clare & Dean to My Creative Cosmos?

Retrospectively, that answer was simple.

You get . . .

Clare’s Cosmos

A Galaxy of Thoughts and Creativity

These days my blog has become an eclectic collection of all things ‘Clare’.  A system of my thoughts.

I write about anything, what’s happening in my life and what’s growing in my garden.  Sometimes I share recipes and stories about what I’m cooking in the kitchen, but nothing fancy goes on there, it’s just down to earth food.  I still love to write poetry though doing so has taken a backseat to writing speeches for Toastmasters.   I share those speeches here as well and I continue to share photos I take of my garden and the Moon – I am such a lunatic – and anything else I find interesting.

Yes, it’s a cosmos here and I hope you enjoy what you find.


  1. How fabulous that you were able to smash those lemons and make some juicy lemonade! I am so happy that I found your trip blog and this fabulous photography! You just found a new follower!

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    1. Hi Carissa,

      Thanx for stopping by and following our journey around Australia. We’re stationary at the moment while we house sitting through winter, however we are still enjoying little adventurers in the area we now find ourselves. We’ll be back on the road early September and can hardly wait as this next part takes us to places neither of us have been before. I hope you continue to enjoy.


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    1. Thank you Hilary,

      I don’t know what to say beyond thank you for the recognition and for understanding the internet constraints we face while travelling. I’ll do what I can, least of all, display that gorgeous button on our blog. Woohoo!! I’ve made it to the Sisterhood 🙂 Thank you.


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  2. So glad to find you! I’m drinking lemonade as I write this! Lol
    We’re RVing around the SE USA. We hope to see all of our lower 48….grandsons have fenced us into the SE. But we’re happy!!!
    Look forward to looking at your blog.

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