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…

Those autumn vibes

Oh, yes, I'm feeling those autumn vibes now. The ink, the paper, the pen, the knitting, all illuminated with late-evening lamplight, and the glorious lyrics of Roy Wood underpinning it all. This is Mr Wood's "Way Beyond the Rain" from his 1979 solo album "On The Road Again" - a US-only release which I've only…

New pen day

It’s new pen day! Well, technically speaking it was new pen day on Tuesday, and I’ve had the pen in my possession - packed away so as to not tempt fate - since July 13th. However, this is its first official outing, so it counts as new pen day in my books. This latest addition…

Retrograde

If I were to write horoscopes, I’d fill them with real-world advice. “As Mercury opposes Saturn, be wary spillage when you open ink bottles.” “With Pluto in your fourth house, you will unpick many more stitches than you knit.” “50% of planets are retrograde now; you will be incapable of anything more advanced than reading…

Creeping in

Isn't it strange how things can find the chinks in your armour and before you know it come creeping into your affections? Take this Graf von Faber-Castell Gulf Blue ink, for example. After my first try it was easy to dismiss the shade as too wishy-washy, utterly failing to hit the jewel-bright tone I favour.…