On the cusp

Today feels like a cusp-day to me. One example of this is that I've finished one journal and, although I've set up the next one, I won't begin it until tomorrow. It is my habit to quote a reasonable-length passage from a favourite poem or song on the first page, something I can enjoy flicking…

The universe reclining

This week has been busy. Productive, yes; interesting, yes; fun, a bit; but mainly busy. The fun definitely arrived with the new cassette player and I can see this becoming one of my favourite Etsy purchases. The Joan Baez cassette was so familiar on first listening that I'm convinced it must have been in my…

Diamond or rust?

When I mentioned at the weekend that I was going to return to something I'd mentioned in passing, I doubt many people will have guessed that it would be the subject of cassettes. Yet here we are. The desire to rediscover this much-maligned music format has been growing for ages and I've been close many…

Dimanche encore

If I could, this Sunday morning, bestow upon one person an award for the most consistent use of fountain pens in "pop" videos, I'd go for the French singer Julien Clerc. He is not new to me, I bought a cassette of his hits in Paris in 1980 and have had a soft spot for…

Off-planet

It feels like I've been off-planet for a few weeks, and it remains to be seen whether I've fully made it back, or if the command module is still bobbing around on the ocean, gently steaming. I'm pleased to say that the experiment using the week-to-page bound diary with its lined page for notes has…

Try it on for size

It's okay, it's not another new pen, it's my good old Waterman Hemisphere Rose Cuivre which I've been using in my planner/diary this week. And I've dug out my old Cross single-pen case because I have a yen to go slightly minimal for the coming week. I've had a bit of a cold hanging around…