Why I bought another blue pen

I know I left you in my previous post with a tantalising suggestion that I might not have simply bought another blue, metal-bodied fountain pen with chrome trim, but I will tease you no longer. I dreamed of breaking out of this incredibly narrow field of choice, but found myself reverting to type. What can…

Oldest and newest

I took the photos for this blog post intending it to be on a much broader stationery subject, but having started to write I found I wasn't at all interested in what I was saying. Does that happen to other bloggers? I always think if I can't summon up any enthusiasm for my work, I…

Retreat

It is Sunday morning and I am currently halfway through a DIY solo writing retreat weekend. What, you may ask yourself, is that? Well, a traditional writing retreat would be a group of writers getting together in a quiet, scenic location to work on a mix of group activities and their own projects, with the…

You’ll know when it’s autumn

It isn't really autumn today, but you'll know when it gets here. You'll know because the blushing berries will reveal their crimson hearts. You'll know because the flowers which bloomed with an old master's oil-paint madness will turn to watercolour and then seep quietly away. You'll know by the dusty shadows summer has left in…

But is it friendly?

I headed into the city this weekend to look for a new notebook to use as my daily journal and a few other odds and ends. Perhaps (who knew?) to saunter in the sun, sit and drink a cup of coffee in any one of a number of decent tea or coffee shops, scope out…

A lot of knitting!

So, in last week's post I wrote about being happy to have hit the 8-inch mark on this Christmas knit. Just imagine how I feel now that I've got 23 inches done! When I photographed it I'd just done the armhole shaping - you can see my cast-off stitches - and this is always when…