Non-stationery


Other uses for cedar wood 7

Pencils obviously aren’t the only use for cedar wood. Here’s an interesting other use: protect clothing from moth damage. Aromatic oils from the red cedar are said to kill moth larvae.

Red cedar wood from Arkansas

Red cedar wood from Arkansas

Red cedar is actually not exactly the same wood as the one used for making pencils. The red cedar is actually a juniper, but it is, like the pencil cedar, part of the cypress family.

I bought this pack of two hooks for £3.49 (~ $5.25; €4.95) in my local HomeSense.


Price and exchange rates: March 2015


Birds in our garden (3) 4

Unfortunately, I forgot to post a “birds in our garden” photo last year.

Birds in our garden 2013

If you look at the size of the clover you get an idea how small this bird is.

Here’s one for this year1.

I’m currently unsure whether I should post another one …to make good for last year’s missing bird photo.

  1. which is also this blog’s 200th post []

More graphite screensaver

While in a local supermarket today I noticed that the latest Kindle, which was on sale there, seems to have a new screensaver with a pencil theme.  Not surprising when keeping in mind that some of the Kindle models have graphite in their name and that Amazon uses pictures of the Kindle next to a yellow pencil to show how thin it is.


Birds in our garden (2) 2

A male blackbird feeding a fledgling, photographed by my wife.

One of the blackbirds even knows how to let us know that they want more food on the bird table: if there is no food left he will fly to the roof of the bird table, land and then fly towards us when we are near the window or in the garden.


Graphite screensaver 5

Look who made it into Amazon’s “screensaver” for the latest Kindle. Fittingly, the advertising shows the Kindle with a pencil next to it, the colour of the case is “graphite” and most screensaver images look like pencil drawings.

I would like to thank Sean for the Blackwing 602 used in this photo.

You can find more information about John Steinbeck and his relation to the Blackwing at the Blackwing pages and at Palimpsest.