Fashion · lifestyle · Stationery

A writing bag

Several months ago I met a man who engendered in me feelings of admiration and envy; the admiration was because he was living my dream - living off a pension and spending his days as a writer - and envy because he had a brilliant writing bag. I encountered him in the course of my… Continue reading A writing bag

Knitting · lifestyle

Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

I've had a crazy day today, apparently unable to tear myself away from handbags of the 1960s and 1970s for long enough to actually write a few words about 2020. However, I am here now, very much in the spirit of better late than never, to give you an update on my knitting progress plus… Continue reading Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

lifestyle · Stationery

Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

Another day, and still chipping away at the desk setup. The shelves arrived this morning from The Futon Company and were relatively easy to put together. There are a lot of screws in this little unit, but that does make it nice and sturdy for such a simple design. Now the big question is whether… Continue reading Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

lifestyle · Stationery

Further thoughts

I've spent an absurd amount of time this week pondering the desk situation and it came to me yesterday that perhaps I am trying to make one space do the work that properly belongs to two separate spaces. Let me explain. When I think of the word "desk" my mind conjures up two entirely separate… Continue reading Further thoughts

lifestyle

Last chance saloon – Phase 1

It feels like I have been writing this post for days on end, which is fitting because nothing plays on my mind as much as much as pondering what to do about my desk. I have written before about the fact that my desk space isn't working in my new flat, but I keep persevering… Continue reading Last chance saloon – Phase 1

lifestyle

Tea

So, today in the UK we are celebrating National Tea Day which is, arguably, the single best celebration for the time we currently find ourselves in. What could be better than staying at home with a cuppa and a nice slice of cake? Very British, of course, but I like to think wherever you are… Continue reading Tea

lifestyle · Reflections and Intentions

Comfort zones

Your comfort zone gets a lot of bad press, but then so does mine. The media (you know the media - all those people who know nothing about you, but claim to know exactly how you should live your life) have decided that your comfort zone is a bad place and you need to leave… Continue reading Comfort zones

Fountain Pens · lifestyle · Planning · Stationery

Inside my planner / 1

I thought I would split my planner setup into a couple of posts and today I want to cover the diary section, or true planner section of the book. Before I start, there's a bit of technical information to go through. All the pages I'm showing today have been printed onto William Hannah's plain paper… Continue reading Inside my planner / 1

Fountain Pens · lifestyle

All hail the Metal Rat

Much to the despair of my grandson (who, for the purposes of this blog, I shall call ET*) I have an abiding love of horoscopes, both Western and Chinese. ET thinks horoscopes are twaddle - well, that's Leos all over! To be fair to him, I don't entirely believe in horoscopes in any logical way,… Continue reading All hail the Metal Rat

Fashion · lifestyle · Reflections and Intentions

Red shoe days

My whole wardrobe is pointless because I have no red shoes. (Me) I'm sure we all have red shoe days, even though each person may call them by a different name. The red shoe day comes when you've had a spell of bad luck, when it seems like everything that can go wrong is going… Continue reading Red shoe days