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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?


That’s it. I’ve officially edited all the pictures on my computer. Well, all the photos worth editing anyway. One day I’m going to count how many of my pictures I actually get round to editing. I’m sure the percentage is getting lower all the time. Not because I’m taking more pictures (or more bad pictures – at least I hope not) but just because I have less time and am therefore being a lot more picky about what I can be bothered to play with.

But do not despair! Although I’m all caught up with the pictures on my computer, I still have a handful to post on here. AND there is still a memory card in my camera with a few hundred shots from the last couple of months. That should generate a couple more blog posts at least.

It feels good, though, to have got this far. I don’t think I’ve ever been this caught up this early in the year. Now I just have to stay caught up and the annual making of the Christmas album should be a doodle. Ha! Who am I kidding? Editing the pictures was never the difficult part. It’s the layouts that takes all the time. Mostly because I’m a bit… hmm… what’s the polite word? … let’s say OCD about making sure all the pictures on a spread are color and theme coordinated. As well as being more or less chronologically correct. And telling a good story together. And then I have to figure out how to position the pictures so as to not loose any important parts when the sheets are cut and bound into a 200 page book. Oh yeah, and getting all the pictures to fit in a 200 page book so I can still afford to actually get the darn thing printed. It’s a real labour of love.

And now I have to incorporate my iPod snaps as well. They’re some of my favorite pictures this year. Last year I made a separate little Instagram book just to see what the things looked like printed but I think I’ll want to combine everything this year. Hmm… Should be an entertaining challenge. By the way, if you’re interested, you can have a peek at those pics on Instagram (here) or via my VSCO grid (here).

If you’re on Instagram or have a VSCO grid of your very own, then please leave the link in the comments below so I can follow you (if I’m not already). Ooh ooh! And if you know of any other fabulous photographers on either of these platforms, please let me know too. I love discovering new people!

Meanwhile, here are a couple more pictures of Spring (which was end of June this year in Belgium)…

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