Clare Kinsey

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bathroom shopping …

I have been lucky enough to have 2 weeks off work and while the weather hasn’t really been good enough to sit on the beach and do nothing, it has been perfect for SHOPPING!!! And shop is exactly what I have done. I have managed to purchase almost all the fittings for my bathroom in the “forever house”. Just a couple of things to organise and I will be done. Very pleased to say that I have managed to come in well under budget by taking my time and shopping around both online and in “real” shops!

Here is an image I have used as a little inspiration from my Pinterest board.

Looks like the next few days are going to warm up so I might get to sit on the beach after all ;)

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a year of change …

This year has been particularly challenging for me on a personal level for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into here, so I am kind of glad its over! The year finishes off on a positive note though with some much needed time off and not a lot that needs doing. We are still waiting for our plans to be approved by council so until that happens I just have to be patient and go sit on the beach!!

I’ve put together a quick video of my year which I hope you enjoy. The picture quality is not that great on some of the snaps but they are all significant snaps just the same.

To my beautiful family & amazing friends … thank you for keeping me sane this year. I truly appreciate the support that I have had from all of you and thank you for sticking with me. I hope that 2014 is an amazing year for everyone …


first look

Last weekend we got our first look at our “forever house” and I am absolutely thrilled to bits with it. The team at Storybook Designer Homes have designed a house specifically for us using our wish list as their guide. I am so pleased with it and can already imagine living in it!! They pretty much got it spot on with only a few changes needed.
You can see more detail of our house on their blog. Click here and check it out!

Absolutely loving the life here…. This pier is across the road from the supermarket. I got a bit side tracked on my way to do the shopping….


moving day

After weeks of sorting, cleaning & packing….. moving day finally rolled around & the rain held off just long enough for us to get everything done. We had plenty of gale force winds though & Steve did a fabulous job of keeping the truck on the road despite Mother Nature trying her hardest to blow it off!!!

The whole thing went with a minimum of stress & we have settled very well into our temporary home (affectionately called the “mental rental”). Massive thanks to our helpers on the day. Will, Jess & Graeme ….. We could never have done it without you guys!

So how does it feel to call somewhere else home after 20+ years in the same house?! Well it’s a bit surreal to be honest. I can’t believe how lucky we are to live here, it is just beautiful and all our plans are falling into place…..
Saying goodbye to our old house was a bit sad. So many incredible memories shared with so many incredible people and a lifetime of child rearing completed as they have all left as adults. I am so grateful that my children have had the stability of this house their whole lives as this was something that was really important to me.

I am incredibly proud of the house looks as I close the door for the last time and forever grateful to everyone who helped us to achieve it. I hope the new family will be as happy as we have been.
We have a challenging year ahead ….. Paying rent & a mortgage, adjusting to a long commute to work & working whilst trying to build a house.

I know we can do it & this weekend the ball starts to really roll as we get our first look at the plans of the “forever house”. So excited!!!!! For Steve & I this really is the beginning of us & I couldn’t be happier.

Did I mention we are just a short stroll to the beach??? Looking forward to lots of visitors over the summer….


Almost move time!

Well hello there!

You might think that things have been a little quiet over here but I can assure you that they haven’t! We are waiting for our plans to be drawn up for the “forever house” and while we wait I have been busy practising my photography skills with a REAL camera which you can check out here if you like!

We are getting closer to settlement and I have been busy packing up a lot of the stuff that we don’t use all the time and putting it in boxes labelled “forever house” that will stay packed up until we move into our own place. I cant see the point in packing this sort of stuff up twice!

I am also happy to say that we have finally been able to organise a rental property that we will live in while we build!


It’s kinda cute don’t you think? Not exactly what we have been used to but it will be just perfect for us for the time being. It has heating, cooling and plenty of storage and the very best part of all is that it is in the next street from our land so we will be able to wander around there whenever we like AND will be close enough that we can’t use distance as an excuse for not getting the work done!!

We will move in a couple of weeks! Eeeeeek! I can’t believe after all this time it’s really about to happen…..

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the ball is rolling….


Yesterday morning we got up early and headed off down a very foggy peninsula link to our land in Safety Beach. We had a meeting there with Phil from Storybook Homes. Phil is going to design our “forever house” for us and our meeting was a chance for us to give him our wish list. All along I have felt good about this move but after this meeting I felt even better if that’s possible. I also feel really good about working with Phil. He really seems to “get” what we are after. Steve said to me “I think he knows what we want better than we do!”

We found Storybook Homes many years ago and loved the look of them. We are going for a relaxed, spacious, holiday feel! There are no floor plans to choose from as each home is designed to meet each clients needs. I love that our house will be unique to us and exactly what we dreamed of!

You can see more by clicking on the link here. This house below is just an example from the website. Please note the blue door!! We all know I love a blue door!!

I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey with you……..


our patch of dirt

Not one for wasting any time…… We have been on the lookout for property in Safety Beach for a little while now. We have looked at land as well as old houses we could pull down, old houses we could renovate, and newish houses we wouldn’t need to do anything to……

We have just found out that our offer has been accepted on a rather lovely patch of Safety Beach dirt just down the road from the beach!!

We are just a 5 minute walk away from the beach ……

A new adventure is about to begin…..

Now we start putting all the plans and dreams that we have had over the years together….. So excited to get started :)


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