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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

Give Up Clothes For Good

An email from Sally arrived last week with the subject header "Give Up Clothes For Good".  I thought she'd finally flipped and was asking me to run away with her to a nudist colony.  You'll be pleased to hear that I presumed wrong.

What she was actually telling me about was the collaboration between Cancer Research UK and TKMaxx and the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign happening in April.  The money from these donations goes directly towards research aimed at treating and preventing childhood cancer which is why you need to donate in this way for this campaign.

I don't really own any expensive items of clothing but the two items I am going to take to TKMaxx are:

My beautiful Anna Scholz dress that was given to me by Simply Be for the MAD Blog Awards 2011.  I received LOADS of compliments about this dress and loved wearing it but it really is a "one moment in time" dress for me.  It has given me confidence to experiment with colour and style though.

An electric blue mac that I bought from Asda a couple of years ago.  I bought two, in fact - this one and a black one.  They are a real classic cut and the black one is my summer coat for work but I have no idea what was going on inside my head when I picked the blue one.  I'm so not an electric blue person at all!  It has never been worn and still has the tags on.

I hope the people that end up buying these items of clothes enjoy them.  What are you going to donate?