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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

You, Me And A Cup Of Tea

This year I have enjoyed supporting CLIC Sargent on my blog.  Whilst it is the UK's leading children's cancer charity, it's a charity very close to my heart for many reasons - mainly because this charity (then known as the Malcolm Sargent Fund) supported our family when my daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma back in 1992.  

A while back I shared a short story with you called "Fancy A Brew?"  I had written it especially for Tetley and their book "You, Me and a Cup of Tea" which has been published to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.  The book was released on 1st October 2012 and Tetley actually chose to include my story in the book (it's entry #20)

You Me and a Cup of Tea, Tetley, CLIC Sargent, cancer,

The book includes 175 heart-warming stories about tea drinking or sharing a special cup of tea with a loved one.  Dozens of celebrities have also written short stories for the book and, as I flick through my copy, I can see entries from Richard Wilson, Christine Hamilton (on the page after me), Derren Brown, Sarah Beeny, Melanie C, Denise van Outen and Mario Cacciottolo (of Someone Once Told Me) alongside stories from everyday folk.  Each story should only take a minute or two to read so ideal to accompany your brew.

You, Me and a Cup of Tea is a limited edition book and, if you've got a spare tenner, you can buy it from the Tetley website (It's £7.99 plus £1.99 P&P).  Proceeds from the sale of the book go to CLIC Sargent.


Visit the CLIC Sargent website here