That’s me there with my husband Dean. This photo was taken in 2012, so, I’m a little older now and (I like to think) a little wiser. Perhaps I’m also a little more wrinkly, but I love this photo because it captures the joy that exists between us.
We are happily married and have been for more than 30 years 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, however, 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!
So with that, Dean and I decided to turn a negative into a positive and made the (relatively easy) decision to go on a trip of a lifetime and travel around Australia.
My intention with this blog (initially Clare & Dean), was to keep a diary of our experiences, sharing with family and friends the amazing destinations in which we found 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 discover so much joy in sharing the photographs I took.
Our big adventure began on Friday, October 31, 2014, and we spent 20 months on the road – loving living and laughing all the way.
Blogging certainly made the task of keeping everyone up to date enjoyable. In fact, I loved it so much I created another blog (My Creative Cosmos) where I could post (what I liked to call) creative articles that had nothing to do with our trip.
When our big adventure 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 however was “What do I call this ‘new’ blog?”
What do you get when you add Clare & Dean and My Creative Cosmos?
Retrospectively speaking, that answer was simple.
You get . . .
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These days my blog has become an eclectic collection of all things ‘Clare’.
A system for documenting my thoughts because, as I get older, it has become important for me to do that.
And here I am.
A little older, a little wiser and (a little) more wrinkly.
I come here to record my thoughts, to write about the things I’m passionate about – from what’s happening in my life, to what’s growing in my garden or being created in my kitchen.
I also love the Moon and often share photographs I’ve taken. (I love doing that.)
Yes, it’s a cosmos here – my creative cosmos – where thoughts and photos are shared.
Dig around. I hope you enjoy what you find.