Last month we asked Amy from Bela Lumo photography to help capture us together in some of our favourite parts of Brussels. In addition to our home, we visited the secret ducks at Pierre Paulus and the lush little forest contained within Wolvendael Park.
I am well aware that a healthy pregnancy is a rare privilege that is not granted to all. Thank-you so much Amy for recording this very special time of our lives, filled with cautious expectation and nervous anticipation.
One of the most interesting sights from my bedroom window is the Electrabel Drogenbos cooling tower. Although it looks like something from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the internet tells me that it is a steam turbine plant powered by natural gas.
The exterior of the tower is covered by thousands of programmable LCDs that pulse through the night and change their theme with the seasons. The scenes change from falling leaves to snowflakes to flowers, with special days like Valentine’s day celebrated with red pulsing hearts.
One of our major renovation works for the past five months has been upgrading the spare room. First, we have removed the 1960′s wallpaper, which had been painted over repeatedly. We then washed down all the walls, filled the holes, and then made a trip to Brico to request new paint in broken French. One coat of primer on the walls and ceiling, two coats of eucalyptus Levi wall pain, two coats of white Levi ceiling paint, one trip to Ikea, a clock from San Marino, items from etsy, and we are nearing completion.
Some people have also asked about my current progress. For them, I have put together a short montage below:
Now settled back in Europe. I might pay more for my consumer goods, and struggle to make myself understood at the bakery, and have to travel abroad to get to an Apple Store, but where else can I find pre-prepared escargots and frogs legs in my local supermarket? The same supermarket that has now extended its opening hours until a luxurious 8pm, six days a week.
Two Australian scientists who emigrated to Belgium, and are enjoying the charms and challenges of living in Europe. We were joined in our adventures by our kittens Pepper and Mint in 2009, followed by our son Hayden in 2011. Most of the time, Adrian takes the photos and Lydia writes the words. Adrian's blog can be found here. We can be contacted at