Clare Kinsey


garden makeover

It’s just over a week now since Daisy left for New York and I am feeling sooooooo much better. I have spoken to her a few times and she has settled in well and is enjoying herself. She is going to have such an amazing year. The time difference has taken a little getting used to, she text me at 2:30am the other day before realising I would be in bed! I didn’t mind……

In preparation for selling the house, I have packed up all her things into boxes ready to go to storage. It was a little sad & exciting at the same time. Daisy has lived here her whole life. It will feel very strange to come back to an entirely different house I’m sure!! It feels weird to me to be on the move after such a long time but I’m very excited about it too!

With her things all packed up, I have been able to clean her room and get it ready. I’m very happy with it. It’s such a lovely bright room….

I’ve also been creating a little artwork to fill in some spaces in the house. These have gone into my room.

And this little one has gone into Daisy’s old bedroom. So much fun to do! I love making things like this….. It’s very relaxing and once the house has sold and life has settled down I intend to do a lot more of it!!!
This week has also seen the front yard really take shape. Steve has worked very hard at it and should be very pleased with himself.

The turf was delivered literally at the crack of dawn by a massive truck. At least that’s what they tell me….. I was in bed! 😉

Very quickly the yard became a garden and finally……..

Tadaaaaaa!!!! Of course now we are trying our best to keep it alive after a few very hot and dry days. So far so good! Also we have had Caitlin here this week planting the garden beds…..looking very good with some pictures to come.
I had a property stylist come out to see me today. I think we are pretty much on track with that sort if thing but I did want to hire some furniture for the front lounge and to fill in a few gaps here and there. I don’t want to go buying furniture now especially as we are hoping to go to a smaller home. Anyway she had a few helpful ideas and I look forward to seeing her furniture selection!
Lots to do….. Only a couple of more weeks left until we hand the house over to the agent for auction!!! Eeeeeeeeek!!!!



the hardest day


I think that I can honestly say that today has been the hardest day of my life!! Today I said goodbye to my little girl as she heads off to New York for the next 13 months on a working holiday. I knew I was going to feel sad about her going but I certainly didn’t expect to feel quite as overwhelmed as I did!!

I know in my heart that she is going to be just fine….. Better than fine actually!!! She is such an amazing young lady, she can do anything she puts her mind to. As parents we put so much effort into raising our children to be incredible adults and she is certainly that!! I am just going to miss her so very much. I will miss not having her in my day every day 😦 Looking forward to our first Skype session later this week.


So tomorrow is a new day…… Everything will be just fine. A massive thank you to my beautiful friends and family for all their love and support over the past few days and especially today. I’m feeling so much better tonight thanks to all of you!! Thanks to Steve for taking some really lovely pictures…..

Daisy…. I love you more than you could ever know! As hard as it is to share the joy of you with the world I know I have to. I will wait patiently for you to come home and will love hearing of your adventures in the meantime. Be kind & keep your heart open xxx



meanwhile on my block…..

Oh my giddy aunt…… How HOT has it been??! Today I chased the shade so all my painting was done in relative comfort compared to the past few days! Painting in a Melbourne heat wave is not much fun but it has to be done……

The front fence is taking shape…..

Resident chippy and his apprentice worked hard through the heat with very pleasing results. Hope we can get it finished off next weekend. It was so hot but they just kept at it!

I painted the wood bits on the inside yesterday and it was lovely to hear the comments of those passing by who didn’t know I was there…… All positive which was lovely!

The apprentice didn’t stop with the fence either…… He painted! Probably more than he ever has in his life, under extreme conditions at dangerous heights!!!

Anyway, I’m done for the day….. I’m filthy and stinky! Heading to the shower so I can be a girl again!!!
Tradies here tomorrow to give me a hand, lots to do!!!


goodbye summer


Can you believe that summer is over already? I think this year we really have had a proper summer, plenty of hot hot days. Not terribly fantastic weather for renovating, particularly painting as the paint goes gluggy and hardens on the brush very quickly. Not nice at all!!

So much has happened over summer I hardly know where to start. We have been working hard on the house both inside and out to get it ready for market. We made the decision a few weeks ago to sell our house and buy a smaller place down on the peninsula. Yay!!! Dreams are coming true!!! With the kids nearly all flown the coop we just don’t need this big house anymore so the time has come……. Very exciting, and sad and scary at the same time. I have lived here for over 20 years!!! The best years of my life for sure.

So what’s new around here…… Well I had a go at putting in a little vege garden but I think I need to face facts, I’m no gardener and the blistering heat we have had hasn’t helped much. The vege garden is surviving but the herb garden is, well lets be honest, dead!! Pity because it did look rather nice while it lasted.

I’ve still been taking lots of photos and playing around with different apps and filters. It’s so much fun! I’m loving it so much that I think I might have to get myself a real camera. Follow me on Instagram if you like (clare65) Eventually I will put an Instagram button on the blog when I have time to work out how to do it.

Everyone has been helping out with the renovations. Jessica pulled down all the pickets off the front fence in about 15 minutes flat!! She was like a machine. The fence will be replaced next weekend by Charlie I hope. Steve has begun clearing the front yard of rubbish so we can put a garden in.

Inside is nearly finished. Just those fiddly last bits to do like skirtings and architraves. Also have all the doors to paint….. Blah!!! It is looking very beautiful I have to say and I can’t wait to see how it looks through the lens of a professional photographer!!

I am going to need to organise more furniture too. I don’t want to buy anything especially if we are going to a smaller place so we will probably hire a few pieces.
It hasn’t all been hard work though. There have been a few days here and there where a quick visit to the beach has been in order to cool off. I can promise you next summer I will be spending a lot more time on the beach!!!

This past weekend has been fantastic! Steve and I have got the back of the house just about finished with the painting and the girls had a couple of friends over and made a fantastic job of the side fence…..


I loved listening to their giggles all day and am really impressed with how much they got done!
My next bit of news is that 2 of my girls are heading off overseas this year. Britty heads to Canada towards the middle of the year and my little Miss Daisy is heading to NYC in 16 days. She will be gone for around 13 months……maybe longer. To say I will miss her is an understatement!!!! In fact I will say no more about it right now or I will start bawling. So I will leave you all with a picture of my beautiful baby girl.

Ill try not to leave it so long between posts next time and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you are so inclined!