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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

Affordable Fountain Pens

I believe its important to write with a good pen because of many factors but mainly because I find it improves your handwriting and shows individuality. Even with my love of all things digital I'm finding that handwriting (along with spelling and grammar) is becoming a lost art. So, this month for my collaboration with Bureau Direct, I chose to compare two fountain pens from the affordable end of their range, especially as the first Friday in November is Fountain Pen Day.

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The two fountain pens I chose to test are the Lamy Safari (in white) and the Platignum Studio (in lime). I filmed a short video which compares the two pens side by side and also a writing test.


As I mention in the video, I am enjoying both pens equally which really surprises me. I thought I would prefer one over the other, especially as the Lamy came so highly recommended. It's also worth noting that the "bleed through" I mention on the video is because I tested the inks in a moleskine notebook. Other notebook paper (for example, a Leuchtturm or a Rhodia) would hold the ink better. 

The Lamy currently retails at £13.95 (RRP £15.50) and the Platignum Studio is priced at £12.95 and at these prices I think they make very affordable, long lasting gifts for family or friends. The packaging for the Lamy is very "stationery shop" but it does come with a soft plastic protective case (in grey) and the Platignum, as you saw, could be wrapped and gifted in its own box.

What is your favourite pen to use? Are you a fountain pen user or love a good old biro? Let me know in the comments. And remember that if you want me to test something before you buy it, let me know and I'll arrange it.  

Finally, have you signed up to the Bureau Direct newsletter yet? It's delivered each Wednesday and an exclusive 10% discount code is shared on the first Wednesday of each month (if you miss any newsletters, you can find them here). There is also a new customer discount code on the Bureau Direct website.

BREAKING NEWS:  Dominic from Bureau Direct has shared a little-known top tip with me.  Did you know that Lamy T10 cartridges have a secret chamber in the end? If you run out of ink, give the cartridge a sharp tap on the table and it should release this extra ink.

Because this is a blogger/brand relationship, here's a link to my disclosure policy



mini cube pad, crown mill, bureau direct, Oohh, I almost forgot... I spotted this really cute mini cube pad from Crown Mill for little "Don't Forget" type notes-to-self. I've broken it up into even more mini note-pads and dotted them around the house (there is one in my kitchen, one on my little side table in my lounge, one by my bed, a couple on my desk, and one in my bag).