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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?

Girl Time

On Saturdays, while Charlie is asleep and Hanno is studying, Amélie and I go out for what has become known as “girl time”. We usually run a few errands and then end up in a café for a drink and some cake (or, in Amélie’s case, soup). It doesn’t really matter what we do, what really matters is that I get some time to just focus on my girl. To talk to her without being interrupted, to hold her hand without Mr Green Eyes pushing in, to walk in a straight line without having to run and grab a child sprinting towards the road, to find out what she’s in to, what she’s thinking about, feeling, what’s making her worry, to give her my full attention, just for a couple of hours. I look forward to our girl time all week. And I hope she’ll want to keep on doing it for a very very long time.

1 December 2012 - 7:20 PM Tara Leigh - I cannot handle how elegant she is... and this post makes me all misty-eyed. LOVE YOU BOTH!!

2 December 2012 - 3:06 AM amanda - We love this idea :)

5 December 2012 - 8:19 PM Teresa - So precious.

20 December 2012 - 2:02 AM erin - my mama girly dates are the most treasured memories i have with my mama- and i cannot wait to have the same dates and days with claire and future babes of mine.. so so special.. creating such a wonderful relationship to last forever.

25 January 2013 - 7:57 AM Gosia Maik - She's such a lovely little lady! And I adore this headband, it would make a great bridal accessory:)

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