We all know that there’s nothing like getting a parcel through the post. Better yet when it’s an unexpected parcel. So I was extremely chuffed when the postie rang the doorbell last week and delivered Carla’s New Year gift parcel.

New Year gift parcel

There was a Moleskine

The Moleskine was a particular source of excitment. I first came across them in a catalogue (maybe Hawkin’s Bazaar) where Bruce Chatwin was referenced. At the time I had no idea who he was but was delighted to find a book by him on the shelf of a library I was working in some years later. The said book was happily read it over lunch of home made sushi while lying on the grass outside The Tate Modern.

However the point is I didn’t feel that I’d ever really been worthy of a Moleskine. Surely it would need to be filled with meaningful observations, prefably from far flung corners of the globe. What would I ever do that would live up to such an notebook?

However Carla is a clever thing and she bought me a 2014 diary/planner. There could no possible excuse for not using it. And she included a label pointing out that this was day books for the year.


I was this forced to concede, and begin using it. Naturally I had to make it my own. So I decorated the front with a tag that came on a gift a few years ago…

Notebook decorated with letter 'A'

And added a few personal touches inside, including the 4 rules (David over at Raptitude suggests working out which one of these you’ve broken when things go wrong – try it)

Open diary with the four rules

So here I am jotting down things down in MY Moleskine. And I’m able to announce the first lesson I’ve learnt this year – don’t be intimidated and think you’re not worthy (especially when it comes to stationery).

Wishing green ink, good reads, and wonderful food,