Fountain Pens

This old thing?

I've been keeping this pen under wraps since I bought it back in November and I hadn't really intended to write about it. However, the mood has gripped me and it ties into a wider discourse about the fountain pens I buy, so here we are. That's pretty much exactly what I think about this… Continue reading This old thing?

Fountain Pens · Planning · Stationery

It’s all about the paper

The thing about the planner community is that our photography can, at times, tend to focus on the externals whereas, of course, what actually matters is the paper inside the cover. I'm not saying that the cover isn't important, it is. We choose our covers to convey, to ourselves as well as to the outside… Continue reading It’s all about the paper

Fountain Pens · Planning · Stationery

Nothing to write home about

It's a funny thing, having nothing to write a blog post about, knowing it doesn't matter, that it's counter-productive to force it, but not quite being able to set aside the desire to write. I've been trying to decide which ink I should use on my main planner pages throughout March which is the month… Continue reading Nothing to write home about

Fountain Pens · Planning · Stationery

Metal Rat doffs his hat

The Year of the Rat has ended and not a moment too soon. When it started, Covid-19 was a mere rumour shrouded in mist, and I was blithely ignoring the suggestion that the first reappearance of the Metal Rat since the year of my birth was unlikely to turn out well. (You can read last… Continue reading Metal Rat doffs his hat

Fountain Pens

The ten inkomandments

A bit of a tongue-in-cheek one to start the week: the ten commandments adapted for fountain pen fans. The fountain pen is mightier than any other writing implement. You shall not venerate the ballpoint pen.You shall not allow cheap knock-off copies of iconic fountain pens any place in your collection.You shall not speak harshly of… Continue reading The ten inkomandments

Fountain Pens · Stationery

Solid gold easy action

Okay, I stole the title for this post from T. Rex's 1972 single because I wanted something to suit this lovely honey-gold ink, just one of four colours I ordered from The Writing Desk on Wednesday morning and which arrived with the post lady a scant 24 hours later. In these times when retailers are… Continue reading Solid gold easy action

Fountain Pens · Planning · Stationery

Filofax – one (plus) week in

Well, here's what I would have written and posted last Friday if a broadband issue hadn't offered me the chance to spend my weekend doing analogue-only things instead. I'm now one week (plus) into using my A5 Filofax Original as both my planner and journal/notebook, which seems like the ideal time to do a proper… Continue reading Filofax – one (plus) week in

Fountain Pens · Nostalgia · Tech

Technological sweet spots

I look back on the days of my Amiga computers with a fondness totally out of proportion with the capabilities or usefulness of the technology. We have come so far since then, with phones that are more powerful than our entire home computer set-ups; heck - watches that are more powerful than our entire home… Continue reading Technological sweet spots

Fountain Pens · Stationery

A new member of Clan Bluepen

I'd like a spaceship in this design. Okay, so they invented this thing called Black Friday. Did you get the memo? Under normal circumstances I wouldn't be drawn in, but apparently 2020 is not a normal year. You got that memo, right? Anyway, Black Friday... invented... not my type of thing... then I watched this… Continue reading A new member of Clan Bluepen