So, what news in the Paper, Pens and Ink department?
Well, despite harbouring a belief that I don’t get on with Personal size filofaxes, I have just bought another… Why? Well, if I am being totally honest, it was because it was green leather and had two pen loops.
|Um... filofax number... oh, let's stop counting!|
Are those good reasons??
Um… probably not, but I got it from eBay and didn’t pay a lot for it. I was also curious because I had never seen another one like it.
It’s a Portland (anyone ever heard of it??) and a very dark green. Darker than any current colour. A bit like the dark green boards around the courts at Wimbledon.
|Has anyone ever seen this type of FF before?|
The interior is also a little different – the left-hand inside cover has a zipped pocket with ‘gusset’ (excellent word!) so coins would be held really easily.
|Gusseted zipped pocket on the left|
The back cover has credit-card slots, in curved leather slots.
|Lovely curved card slots|
The spine has the filofax F in the middle of the spine, quite unlike any of my other filofaxes.
|When did they change the style of the spine?|
The leather is butter soft (perhaps because it is quite old?) and perfectly plain – no embossing or patterning at all. It’s very neutral and would suit men well too I think. It’s all leather – interior as well as the exterior and I think it will wear really well. As I say, I think it might be quite old already, but I don’t know. Anyone any ideas?
I haven’t set it up yet (it only arrived this morning!) but I think it will be a Chimwemwe filofax. Chimwemwe is the name of a charity that I helped to set up in Malawi (and which I have just been able to visit whilst in Malawi on other business) and will help me to keep on track of contacts, projects and finances there. We’ll see. Early days! I will post about it once I have worked out what I’m using it for! [Post now available here]
Interestingly, there was an insert I’ve never seen before inside (perhaps indicating its vintage?) – one for shopping. I think that I will have to try and make my own for these and print them on plain filofax paper.
|Interesting shopping list insert|
I have also bought a Zebra Sharbo diary pen for the (very) skinny pen slot in my Baroque. So far, it’s working really well – ballpoint and propelling pencil, and very good value as it came with a refill set.
Well, that’s all folks… Sorry to have been so quiet for so long. I’ll try to write again soon (though will be without internet access for 2 weeks, so don’t hold your breath!).