Friday, 18 August 2017

Dinky Ink


There's lots about me that's quirky.  My brother told me that recently.  He  believes that it's why men are wary as they read my idiosyncrasies as meaning that they is some inner darkness that means that they should stay away. Oh my!  But I'll stick to being me for I haven't really a clue how to do normal.  And anyway I'm content with how I express myself through appearance, language and creativity, my slightly off the wall belief system and in the way that I do things slightly differently from others.  I told Louis the other day, that being cool isn't having the right gear but it's about exuding a sense of being comfortable with who you are.  I truly believe that.

One of my little oddities is that I write with a fountain pen.  I wrote a post years back about how I thought that it might be an eco-friendly choice.  Really I use one because I like the weightiness of using one and yes, I admit I think it's a classy bit of kit.  My writing is horrible and I used to get lots of admonishment in school reports but it's slightly better with a fountain pen.  There's another reason.

It's terribly difficult to buy ink in the UK except in specialist shops and bigger branches of WH Smith. And Quink is expensive these days, about seven quid.  It's a  big beast to carry around in my handbag so I always have to remember to refill at home or work.  So  I was delighted to find another thing to love about France.  The big  Leclerc supermarket at St Pol de Leon had an amazing array of ink cartridges.  I'm not so alone here then in harbouring antiquated writing habits.  They sold these dinky little bottles of ink too that are just right for tucking in a pencil case!

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  1. Hey, I don't remember saying 'inner darkness'. If I did that term was meant as a teasing jokey term. Not to be taken seriously, jeez! I suspect quirky people find it harder to find partners because many people try to 'fit in' and are looking for what they see as normal.
    I have an attractive artist friend who has found finding someone really tough. Artist often end up with artists and they aren't that weird. Yes,they are usually piss poor, that might have something to do with it, and if you are making a 7 ft high penguin in lederhosen out of coffee stirrers it can make you look a little flakey.
    When I was at the gym this bloke started saying all kinds of crazy stuff. I was interested in what he had to say because at least he wasn't talking about the car he likes, football or what is happening on reality TV. The other people there were visibly uncomfortable. Okay, he did sound like a loon and I would not let him look after my kids even though they are imaginary, but he was interesting.
    Your spiritual beliefs are no more crazy than conventional religious beliefs but people are easily spooked. If you were a Christian you could join a group of them and easily stay start dating a man with an embarrassing waistcoat.
    It would be simpler if you just had more mainstream beliefs but you are also highly educated with very responsible job. The two things are a surprising mix. There isn't anything weird as such about you, but I have never met anyone remotely like you. That is a good thing, but I can see how it would confuse or even intimidate. You are also a strong independent woman. A lot of men would be scared or threatened of that. I suspect this may be a greater issue in many cases. I think when you find someone they will be an independent thinker who will relish the fact that he has found someone totally irreplaceable. I was trying to figure out what I would make of you if I didn't know you. It would take a while to even begin understand you, you crazy bitch.
    P.S.Hope you and my nemesis are having a good holiday.Thanks for letting me use the house while you are away. It is making an ideal temporary brothel, but don't worry Misty and the catamites will clean up before you get back. X

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    1. Thanks for that bro'. I'm touched. PS If you've really turned my house into a brothel I'm telling Mum xxx

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    2. You two crack me up! You obviously share the same sense of humour.

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    3. Yep we have a smilarly odd take on life! xx

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  2. I too write with a fountain pen when I can-thank you notes, breavement cards etc. For everyday use, I use a rollerball because it's convenient-pink or turquoise if possible. You sound as if you are chilling nicely with your son. Catriona

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    1. They are so smooth to write with. All glide-y. Nice even though it doesn't improve my handwriting substantially. Ho hum! xx

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  3. Nice dialogue with your brother! Teehee.


    I have so many fountain pens and quite a lot of inks and I love the LB inks too.

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    1. Look forward to trying it. Just have to void it of Quink! xx

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  4. I have green ink cartridges, I bought them at the stationers in Bath off of Milsom St. the make is Lamy 5 T10. I also have normal blue that I bought in WHS, cheap, a bit watery.

    Whilst in the supermarket over there if you are using blue ink, I bought a box of ink erasers and then the blue pen on the other end. 8 mini effaceurs reecriveurs the make is esquisse. they seem pretty good to me and cost less than 1 euro, in a le clerc. Next time we go I will be stocking up. I also really love the jotters and paper that is squares to write on, it seems to make my wonky left handed writing better as it makes me be more consistent.

    Hope you are having a lovely time.

    p.s. started couch to 5k. god it is slow going. The spin class I took the other week nearly killed me. When did I get so unfit?

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    1. I'm a black ink fan but I'll have another look in the stationery section at E Leclerc. Bought a sharpener which is very cool for eyebrow pencils. Has a lovely feel and sharpens at an angle. Keep going with couch to 5K. I'm at a stage now where if I'm running on the flat I get bored before I get tired. xx

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