A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbour – such is my idea of happiness.”

Leo Tolstoy from Family Happiness

It is mid-March and the Belgian spring has no inclination towards emerging from the clutches of the winter. Yes, the days are getting longer and skies are getting bluer, but the temperature and the snow have no intention of letting up! Today morning I wake up in a friend’s place at a small village south of Brussels to a freezing yet sunny -14 degrees!

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