Day 361 – a chill out night in Brussels….

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Tuesday 27th December 2011. Ok it’s not much fun going back to work so soon after the Christmas break, but there are a few advantages; there is no traffic, the NL->Bxl trip took just over an hour, and the journey home after work took an astounding 20 minutes (cf nearly an hour normally!) no one … Continue reading

Day 359 – Christmas Day with ‘het familie’

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Sunday 25th December 2011. Christmas Day started at 8am as the kids are well trained by now (particularly if you keep them up late the night before, which needs no encouragement!).  A rather loud banging at the front of the house surprised us as we came upstairs, and we pulled back the curtains to find … Continue reading

Day 358 – Christmas Eve

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Saturday 24th December 2011. The kids got busy with the finishing touches to the house today, and Hubbie finally hung the mistletoe so that unsuspecting and hopefully sexy guests can be kissed under it.  Better late than never!  (He also built and extension to the dining table 2 hours before our guests arrive while I … Continue reading

Day 357 – Christmas Preparation

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Friday 23rd December 2011. A last minute whizz round the shops included a stop at Jack O’Shea’s to pick up the festive food for tomorrow night……. Well the kids got out of Jack O’Shea’s in one piece, but both swearing that if I ever bought a bird for the table at Christmas, they’d turn vegetarians!  … Continue reading

Day 356 – Christmas nibbles with friends

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Thursday 22nd December 2011. Fabulous to have old friends round from the early school days of the kids, and to see Tim in particular making such a great recovery after such a horrific heart attack.  Guided by his soul mate Yvonne, life is gradually coming back to normal, and as Yvonne and I enjoyed our … Continue reading

Day 354 – Oh Christmas Tree….

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Tuesday 20th December 2011. Although I haven’t managed it myself this year (another year over and one to add to the New Years Resolutions!), I really admire those people who design a Christmas tree out of the ordinary, and out of all sorts of stuff! Here are a few from friends, and some I found … Continue reading

Day 347 – Wishing I was there…..

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Tuesday 13th December 2011. Hubbie is in France.  Doing the health check on our Beach House that we have willfully neglected for the last 4 months.  Driven by a combination of foreign holidays, bad weather, and exhaustion, we’ve missed the last 3 opportunities to pop down there as a family, and hence Hubbie volunteered to … Continue reading

Day 346 – It’s all about pop ups! H&M are at the Christmas Market in Brussels…..

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  Pop ups are great fun as they give you the chance to explore outside the confines of a white fixed box in retail and adapt to your surroundings.  As they become more popular and mainstream however, they do run the risk of becoming the big corporates reducing themselves into small spaces just to be … Continue reading

Day 344 – REcircle pops up!

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Saturday 10th December 2011. We opened our pop up store today, in the basement of Turtlewings at rue Washington 165, 1050 Brussels.  After an early start to help put the finishing touches in place, the kids started on the graphic support.  We were running a joint project for kids and adults to design and print … Continue reading

Day 342 – Abercrombie arrives in Brussels

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Thursday 8th December 2011. I was very concerned about the health of the Abercrombie boys this week.  They’ve been practising posing near Ave Louise and raising the blood pressure of many a middle-aged woman who has been driving past the almost open store (including me!). Today was the big day, so Hubbie and Maxime (who … Continue reading

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