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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

#BritishEggWeek Have You Got The Eggs-Factor?

BREAKING NEWS!  I never knew there was such a thing as "British Egg Week" until last week but I've got all egg-cited now.  Mention eggs to me and I think of The Great Egg Race (BBC Archives here) and the egg machine that Caractacus Potts introduces us to in the You Two song in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (you can stop trying to work out how old I am now).

British Egg Week runs from 1st to 7th October 2012 so, knowing how egg-cellent I am when it comes to cooking (!), The British Egg Information Service have sent me their new recipe book - Take A Box Of Eggs.  It contains 100 recipes that even I can't mess up!

Take A Box Of Eggs, #britisheggweek, British Egg Information Service,

I love the way the book is set out with seven colour-coded sections and the fact that it is spiral-bound so it lays flat on your work surface when using it.  The recipes are clearly laid out and each page has a QR Code which you can scan with your smartphone for a shopping list.  Genius! (and we all know how much I love a QR Code)

Take A Box Of Eggs, #britisheggweek, British Egg Information Service,

But, I'm not going to try some of the recipes at weekend.  Instead I'm going to present the book to my 19 year old son who completely fits into the YouGov statistic (from May 2012) which states that 35% of 18-24 year olds have never poached an egg and 21% have never made an omelette!  If you ever read my post called "Bacon, Sausage, Egg (Toast Optional)", I can tell you that he's not improved one iota!  He's going to have some intense training and I'll let you know how he gets on.

Take A Box Of Eggs retails at £9.99 and you can purchase it from all milkmen and from  For the month of October it is available from the British Egg Week website for a reduced price of £7.49.