Belgium

I’ve lived in Belgium for nearly 15 years of my life now, so thought I would do a gallery retrospective of all my paintings and watercolour postcards of Belgium: Acrylic paintings: Brussels watercolour and ink postcards 10x15cm: Before we had kids my husband and I lived in Ixelles near the Flagey ponds, so I didContinue reading “Belgium”

Heatwave

On June 18th 2022 there was a heatwave in Brussels and temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius (they over 40 degrees in parts of France and Spain). This is our families version of the typical fun in the sun* front page news photograph VS the unphotographable night time heat stress made worse by plane noise: *FunContinue reading “Heatwave”

Signs I need as a pedestrian

Being a pedestrian in Brussels is infuriating. The combination of constantly having to dodge dog poo and dangerously driven tax free company cars makes me feel that instead of mouthing swear words at SUV drivers I need actual signs in multiple languages! And yes, it is a systemic problem that we have designed our citiesContinue reading “Signs I need as a pedestrian”

The fifth wave

I’m so torn between keeping my daughter in school because she’s six, she needs school! She needs friends! She needs to get out of the house! I need her out of the house! Set against the inevitability of her getting covid in the next few weeks given the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant andContinue reading “The fifth wave”

Final trip to the Belgian coast summer 2021

As a the final part of our three part summer holiday to various places within Belgium we went to De Haan for 3 nights. We stayed in a cosy flat in the middle of town that was decorated with a maritime theme which I feel we helped to enhance by bringing in large amounts ofContinue reading “Final trip to the Belgian coast summer 2021”

A tour of Belgium in pandemic holidays 2021 (part 1)

Due to covid travel restrictions we weren’t able to leave Belgium until recently and so we’ve ended up doing a tour of Belgium in pandemic holidays in somewhat extreme weather:-10 degrees Celsius in February, snow at Easter in April and so, so much rain in the summer. We’ve had fun exploring Belgium though and it’sContinue reading “A tour of Belgium in pandemic holidays 2021 (part 1)”

Covid and Childcare

We live in Brussels and have two daughters, one who is 6 and in her last year of ‘maternelle’ or nursery school, and one is now 2 who is normally at creche (daycare) 4 days a week. In Belgium they re-opened creches as of May 2020 and nursery school age children were allowed back toContinue reading “Covid and Childcare”