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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?

Photo Posing 101


I took close to 1000 pictures during our one-week trip through Spain but this one, taken on our very first day and within minutes of leaving the hotel is probably my favorite by far. I’d spotted this old doorway thing (that, my friends, is a technical term – ask your neighbourhood historian if in doubt) and, knowing that Charlie wouldn’t pose for me, I asked poor, long suffering Amélie to stand for a picture instead. I had just focused, set my exposure, and composed the image (not necessarily in that order – is there a correct order? I dunno. I probably did do it in that order) and was just pressing down on the shutter release when *BAM!* there was Charlie. I caught a glimpse of the resulting capture on the back of my camera and decided there and then that I was done for the day because I was never going to do better than this, no matter how hard I tried. And yes, had he not jumped in, it would have been a very poorly focused, exposed, and composed image. Which just goes to show: you should never do things in that order.

14 April 2015 - 10:35 PM ralph - HA. I love your stories as much as your photos. And this is one completely priceless Charlie-esque moment. I love Amelie's expression too. SO great. :)

15 April 2015 - 3:56 PM Ronnie Bell - It's the highlights on his hands & leg that make this one so special for me! You couldn't arrange that if you tried! ;o))

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