About Us

Still happy after almost 30 years.

Still happy after more than 30 years together.

That’s Dean there with me.  I love this photo because I can see it captures the happiness that exists between us.

We are happily married and have been for almost 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, when I was told there was no longer a place for me in the organisation in which I worked, Dean and I decided to turn a negative into a positive and made a life (style) altering 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, friends and anyone else interested in reading about our journey, the amazing destinations in which we find ourselves, and the adventures we had along the way.

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 an easy and enjoyable thing to do.  In fact, I enjoyed blogging so much I created another blog (My Creative Cosmos) where I posted (what I like to call) creative articles that had nothing to do with our trip.

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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 decision at the time was “What do I call it?” After all, what do you get when you add Clare & Dean to My Creative Cosmos?

That answer is simple retrospectively speaking, you get . . .

Clare’s Cosmos

A Galaxy of Thoughts and Creativity


  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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