Following the enthusiastic response to my post about notebooks, (I just knew I wasn’t alone)! several people mentioned pens too, and I also admit to a passion for pens – a little less loved than notebooks but definitely up there. At school, like several of my friends, I used a Conway Stewart Dinky , a fountain pen just half the normal size. In those days I used Parker Quink in turquoise and was forever in trouble with my history teacher who said that ink should be washable blue. Fortunately other teachers had no problem with it, presumably reasoning that what one wrote was infinitely more important than the colour ink used!
Nowadays I use my much loved marbled green one purchased in Selfridges when we were in London for my 40th birthday. Only ever filled with purple ink, even the act of drawing it up and wiping the bib with blotting paper brings pleasure.
A fountain pen would be impractical at work, but ever the rebel, I eschew the standard issue black biros in favour of purchasing my own. Cheap and cheerful, and I get to write in purple and turquoise, along with pink and green if I so choose. My granddaughter thinks it’s a hoot that I use ‘kids’ pens’ as she refers to them. Every note during my recent time at university was written in these colours. Fortunately the days of hand-written assignments were long gone or I may have had be a little more conformist! (Just so you don’t think me totally unprofessional – I do conform when signing official letters and contracts at work – black is the order of the day).
Years ago I discovered with delight that post-it notes didn’t come only in pale yellow but in a myriad of pastels, brights and even florescents. I was hooked. The stationery lady at work looked aghast when I asked for a pack of purple, jade and turquoise and refused to order them because they were twice the price of the standard ones. No matter, I told her, and bought my own. Since then I have always had post-its in a selection of colours, current favourite being lime green.
Maybe we can do envelopes another time! Note cards with beautiful tissue-lined envelopes also hold something of an attraction.