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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?

Little green visitors

I was making tea this morning when I saw a sudden flash of green outside. I turned round and saw two parakeets flying into the tree in the garden downstairs. They sat there for long enough for me to call the children and grab my camera for a few snaps. Then they got into a fight with the blackbirds and were chased off. Still though, how cool was that? Then I ate a tub of mango sorbet while sitting in a hot bath. The two are not related but what a great way to spend a bank-holiday, huh?

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