That’s pretty much how I remembered how I reacted.  Claire came out of the bathroom with the “dipstick” in her hands and showed it to me.  Two plus signs.  Oh ! And then a smile.  I think I smiled all day (some say this is pretty rare…).

We’d been waiting for those plus signs for months.  Well, I may or may not have been waiting for years, I won’t say.

But, there I was.  I was going to be a father.  Amazing at first, daunting soon after, then, exciting !  February 14th, perfect Sunday.   Read More

Claire’s thirty-third at The Feral Brewery with friends.

I left Belgium in February 2008. Eight years ago. Since then I lived in Queensland, Victoria, New Caledonia and Western Australia. Since then, much has changed back home too. And I have a new life, we have a new life.

At last then, visit from the family ! The last one was in Melbourne, in 2009, when my sister flew in for three weeks, then in 2012 when she joined me in Asia. Now, it’s Mum’s turn. And she’s taking her first grandson along. He’s been dreaming of this trip ever since I left, saving money and talking about the things he’d do, etc.
Read More