Mid-November

October – and now most of November – has been and gone and we roll on towards the end of another year. I have managed to keep up my weekly posts to Stops and Stories and my photo of the week from GBG365 posted on My Gothenburg Days’ Facebook page, but other projects have been a bit on hold. In October, while Mrs SC was gallivanting around Africa (it was work-related, but I still envy her a bit), I took the opportunity to visit England. I spent a couple of days on a nostalgic return visit to the south coast – visiting the daughter of an old family friend in Worthing and retracing my 17-year-old self around the centre of … More…

featured september

From summer to autumn

The move back to Brussels from Gothenburg which took place at the end of August was very much like a move from summer to autumn. The days down here in Europe are noticeably and increasingly shorter, the temperature is cooler and there’s more rain in the air. Now, to be sure, we had remarkably good fortune at home in Sweden in August. As everybody kept telling us. This June and July were pretty much washed out in Sweden, but August on the west coast was good. I tried to write about how much I enjoyed my summer holiday for Stops and Stories, but I only managed one article and recording – “Home but Away”. The week after I just couldn’t … More…

Standby — July

I’ve put off writing this July’s blog entry because I was hoping I would be able to do so at the same time as I launched the new look for the main website. Sadly I’m not there yet. The new theme is chosen and I’m getting closer to being able to publish it, but there have been the usual problems — code that doesn’t do what you think, late discoveries of things lacking that I should have foreseen and fixed in advance, time optimism. I think I’ll be able to go live with it in a week or two, but not just yet. In the meantime I can report that I’m still not managing to write more than one blog … More…

Wood anemones (vitsippor)

Might be May

It might be May but I’m going to tell you a bit about my doings in April too as I managed to leapfrog over the month from March. I also wish to draw your attntion to the fact that this blog entry is going up on 1st May (just narrowly). Stand you not aghast? (I know I do.) I spent a large part of April in Sweden. Mrs SC and I went home for Easter and while she returned to Brussels for work, I stayed on in Gothenburg to see friends, get seen by my dentist, order (and fetch) new insoles and – most important – complete my tax declaration with a Swedish tax office near at hand and help … More…

March already

Settling into life in Brussels hasn’t been easy. Few things work the way you expect (bureaucracy). Some things you take for granted are bust (oh the tears shed over our water supply) or just awkward (light fittings, curtains). And some things don’t work full stop. Other expats say “Welcome to Belgium!” More…