Any season is reading season, but outdoor reading season is obviously the best, followed closely by indoor reading season. I’ve discovered that having a cat can actually be motivation to read: company, the impossibility of getting up when a cat is on your lap, his insightful and thought-provoking comments.
Part of the joy of traveling or going on a road trip or a camping trip is planning the stationery I’m going to bring. Despite efforts to the contrary, I’ve discovered that you can’t bring everything, which can also be a good way to unplug, giving yourself a break from the deluge of abundance. You can pick a few letters to respond to, some journaling. We were gone for four days, so I didn’t need to pack too much, but it was nice to be overly prepared for all wilderness emergencies.
We “recently” got in some new notebooks, which is always fun. Actually we did recently get a whole bunch of really nice notebooks in (Life, Maruman, Stalogy both standard line and special edition), but I’m still playing catch up in life so you could perhaps expect a blog post outlining those new items sometime in 3-4 months.
We went camping! It’s always fun, even if it’s a ton of work and more expensive than you think it ought to be, mostly because we are frauds and require air mattresses and extra snacks and paper towels. At home, and even at the shop, we’ve never used paper towels—we’ve always used washable cloths, of which we have lots. It was so strange that the kids didn’t even know what paper towel was, and for the duration of the trip, referring to it as the big toilet paper.
One of the newer pieces that The Superior Labor has released is their Utility Case, available in four different leather colours. I recently brought it on a camping trip to hold my bulkier stationery supplies and of course I loved it. I’m going to share what I brought in my case soon, but before then I thought I would share some more detailed photos of the case itself and the colours available.
Chicken occasionally comes into the Main Shop with us, mostly because we only all go in when the staff are all off, and so it’s less of a big deal to have him roaming around, getting in the way, sleeping on top of packing boxes.
A couple of months ago, Parker Pens reissued the Parker 51 fountain pen, much to my complete shock and delight. The original Parker 51 is, of course, the iconic vintage pen, produced in huge quantities in the decades before, and fairly easy to find in the vintage pen market, if in varying conditions.
Ah, the proverbial question for all shop owners these days: when are you reopening?