Clare Kinsey

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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 …



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….


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