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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?

Matilda

Do you remember this: Amélie’s first dance recital? A year and a half ago… It feels like forever. And she looks at least 10 years older now. Crazy. Anyway, here she is in her Christmas show, doing Matilda (being Matilda in fact).

This performance was a little sad as it was the last one ever with her lovely teacher Lydia. They’ve had to cancel the class because there weren’t enough children coming anymore. We’ll look into other schools, but it’s unlikely we’ll find anyone else as brilliant as Lydia again. In the meantime, we’ve found some piano lessons for her. She’s had a keyboard for a little while and has picked up a few tunes all on her own so we’ll see… I hope she’ll enjoy it as much as she’s enjoyed her tap-dancing. Another chapter of her childhood coming to a close… Sniff.

3 January 2014 - 11:19 PM Ingrid - Oh my gosh..love these. You're right! She looks so much older and so very very beautiful. I do hope she'll enjoy the piano lessons as much as she did her dance lessons. What processing did you use for these? Lovely really.

4 January 2014 - 8:52 AM amanda - I LOVE that first shot.. and the book shot. All of them! Such a shame the class is finished but great she's onto the piano.

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