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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

More Camera Work

So, I'm still working with my new camera, getting used to some settings and trying out ideas that I've had in my head for a while.  It's really the wrong time of the year to be out and about and working full time makes unusual every-day shots limited but I snapped my first lunar image early one morning last week.  It's not great and a tripod has been recommended but I was testing the capabilities of the camera and if it can do this then I know that I can work to make it even better.

lunar moon



Nikon L120 Coolpix camera case
Nikon L120 Coolpix camera case
After I posted the images of some memorial stones in Park Cemetery in St Annes I received an email from a reader and I was offered a camera case to review.  The Nikon Coolpix L120 case I was sent was one made by Samsonite - is a middle range price and, as you'd expect from Samsonite, really good quality.  As you can see from the snapshots here it is an ideal Nikon Coolpix case with a little pocket on the front, internal pockets for memory cards and the camera is a really snug fit.  The case is well padded so any slight knocks or bumps and the camera will be fully protected (as an aside, do you photographers have a strap on your camera or not?  I'm finding mine gets in the way sometimes.).  Click the links to find out current pricing, stock and delivery information.


And here are some gratuitous new puppy pictures. Meet "Yoshi", our 8 week old Japanese Akita.  
I expect a communal "aahhhhhhh"...

Click them to view large in the lightbox feature.


japanese akitajapanese akita

japanese akita

japanese akita




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