I first saw this wall mounted notebook in a little Italian restaurant near us and immediately loved it. I used to make notebooks like this on a much smaller scale when I was a child. Some of you may remember them from Blue Peter – cover a piece of cardboard in sticky back plastic, use a slice of washing up liquid bottle to secure the paper and buy a till roll from the newsagents shop on the corner then secure it to the board with string. I think everyone in the family got them for Christmas at various points of my childhood.
This came full circle for my last birthday when the 16-year-old presented me with one he had made from wood and painted dark grey. The notebook has been secured with brass wire and it’s a thing of useful beauty indeed.
Then I was sent details of this version by a New Zealand company called George and Willy (and yes they do express international shipping) and suddenly I not only knew where I could get one, but realised how much I wanted it.
I don’t know about you but I can’t do all this electronic note-taking. I don’t keep a diary on my phone and I can’t remember things unless I write them down. I have post-it notes all round my desk, several notebooks in different colours on the go at any one time and buying my annual diary is a both a ritual and a pleasure.
In short, if I haven’t written it down it either doesn’t exist or it ain’t happening. I cannot leave the house without a notebook and pen and have been known to get out of a waiting taxi to go back in to get one if I have (rarely) forgotten.
I’m not quite sure why I don’t already have one of these. Perhaps because it’s £80 for the small version and £132 for the studio version (plus shipping). But I know I would use it every day. And, perhaps, it would finally get rid of the notes on the fridge which I really, really hate.
The only question is do I have one for my desk in the loft – studio? Or one in the kitchen for the family? I can’t justify two. Can I?