V and I are now alone in Brussels, O has just left on a business trip to Puerto Rico, New Jersey and Atlanta (all in 5 days). It’s the first time that I will be alone with V for that long, and I am a bit worried about getting V to the creche (opens at 7.45), picking him up in the afternoons (closes at 18) and working 7,5 hours per day as it takes me more than an hour in total to get to the creche, and then to the office.
That is one of the reasons why I have decided to take an extended November break (1st and 2nd November are holidays for the staff of the European Institutions in Brussels) so my holidays start already on Thursday. And we are not staying in Brussels, but going to Provence in the south of France to visit my dear friend L who lives there with her French boyfriend and 2-year old daugther T. We are taking the TGV, the high-speed train, from Brussels to Marseille, which takes 5 hours. The only thing that I am not looking forward to is the trip to the train station in the centre at 05.40 in the morning on Thursday (the metro starts running at 05.40) with a child, a pram and big backpack (the escalators at the metro station where we have to change metro line didn’t work on Friday…). Wish us luck!
Here’s another of my small projects, an extremely quick and simple project really: change the cover of my great-grandmother’s chair! I inherited the chair and the “sewing table” from my father’s maternal grandmother Anna when she passed away in 1989. I think that it was her own decision that I should get the furniture set but I might be wrong. I also got some cutlery (“alpacka” / nysilver) with P engraved (P for Persson, but as nobody in the family has that family name anymore, my grandparents thought that the silverware should go to me) and a xmas decoration in shape of a church that lits up and plays “Silent night” (I actually got it already when she moved to the retirement home, and I absolutely loved it as a child).
The chair with its new cover, the classical elephant fabric from Svenskt Tenn. I just pinned it to the bottom of the seat with three pins. So far we have been lucky with V not really realising that he could play in the fireplace but we really need to get a more permanent solution to cover it than just a chair in front of it…
Have a nice Sunday! Brussels is foggy today and I need to clean the apartment while V will be playing with his babysitter.