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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Category Archives: That’s What She Said

You will never forget my funeral

Hanno’s going to a funeral next week. This has got Amélie thinking. She’s already told us that we are not allowed to be cremated (so there goes that plan!) but, on the way home in the car this evening, she wanted to know more about our final wishes. Honestly, I couldn’t care less how I’m […]

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Growing Pains

The pain is all mine – I love watching my children grow and flourish but still… you know… you can’t go back. That’s it. That was my chance. And every time I complain to Amélie that she’s growing up too quickly, that she has to slow down a bit, not be in such a hurry, this […]

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These two.

Hanno called me at work today. He said “Amélie is wonderful”. I get excited when I get calls like this. I can’t wait to hear what kind of mischief she’s been up to. Today’s example was… well, I had to go round telling my colleagues about it (yes, my poor colleagues have to put up […]

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Enough Gems to make a Crown for the Queen

I am going to tell you honestly about a few things that Amélie said this weekend. After having read this, you may wonder about my parenting methods. Don’t worry, I do too. On Sunday morning, Amélie was desperate to get outside. We’ve told her she can’t skip inside anymore because someone has moved in downstairs […]

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Charlie has rediscovered his hammer. A wooden one that he got for Christmas as part of a little toolbox. He rediscovered it and spent most of yesterday afternoon going round the flat banging things. After a couple of hours of this, I started pleading: “Charlie! Please stop!”. A couple of minutes of silence would follow, […]

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