In Bruges

Next on my lockdown catalogue of costume jewellery is this ring in the deepest of blues. If you’ve read my blog posts before, you’ll know that I lived in Belgium for a formative, life-changing year studying at Leuven University. That year opened my mind, took me out of my NI comfort zone and introduced me to some of the most lovely people I’ve ever met and some of the most incredible chocolate I’ve ever eaten!

A couple of years after graduating, I’d met my now husband, and we had decided to visit Bruges for a long weekend over my birthday. No argument from me. We were just getting into travel together, developing our taste for good food and drink and on that trip we had some interesting experiences! We stayed in a cheap random B&B with mouldy walls and a weird little cat, I had food poisoning from some dodgy mussels, and nearly had a kitten ascending the Belfort Van Brugge (not great with heights or confined spaces). Great craic!

On the plus side, we wandered the picture perfect streets, pondered the Old Masters, and found the legendary beer nirvana that is ‘t Brugs Beertje and I met the Duchesse de Bourgogne for the very first time. If you don’t know about her, seek her out!

As it was birthday time, Mr GLV bought me this ring, in the most perfect shade of blue. My favourite colour. It was from an unassuming little shop on a side street but caught our attention. That was 20 years ago and I don’t wear it often enough.

Lockdown has taught me some good lessons already. One of the more frivolous ones is about the stuff we own. How many of us ‘keep for good’? Hold back on wearing our ‘Sunday best’? Save the best things we own for the occasions that never happen often enough? What a ridiculous concept that now seems!

I’ve had this ring on my finger all day, and I’ve had nothing to do but read and take my state-sanctioned exercise for an hour. But you know what, wearing it makes me feel good. And I should remember that. Feeling good is important, even in these strange times. So let’s wear that jewellery, click those fabulous heels, waft around in those big circle skirts! Feck it, life’s too short not to.

Rosie xx

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