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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?

The 7 year old and her 70s cake

It all started with the best of intentions. We were going to make a cake and then decorate it with our new icing nozzles. What I realise now is that we should probably have started with a smooth base and then just added a few embellishments. But we went for an all out 70s-style extravaganza instead. We tried every single nozzle in the box. Twice. And then we added a lovely turd-shaped swirl in the middle. Beautiful.Also, by the way, she’s seven! Well, 7 and a bit now because I’m so useless at posting my pictures. But SEVEN. That’s crazy. I swear she was still a baby only a couple of weeks ago. Madness.

25 November 2012 - 4:15 AM Ingrid - I have loved watching her grow through your images..loved it. Happy Belated birthday Amelie xxoo. You make me smile.

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