seen in the wild


Highway to pen 1

It’s always nice to drive through Belgium as it gives me a chance to refill my Atoma reserves. As you might know, I’m a big fan of Atoma notebooks.

Stationery in a Carrefour Hypermarket

With such a choice to tempt me (see photo above) I couldn’t resist getting a BIC multi-pen with a pencil to add to my multi-pen plus pencil collection.

BIC in Belgium

Carrefour had an offer on the Pelikano junior for under €10. It’s a great pen. When I bought mine in 2008 I paid £6.80, but these prices are long gone and today €10 seems like a steal.

Pelikano junior, probably bigger in Japan than in Europe

The reason I really stopped was to get more Atoma notebooks. Unfortunately they didn’t have the Bio Atoma which I love. Even Atomas with cardboard covers were rare. Most had thick plastic covers which seem unnecessarily plasticy and not as nice as the cardboard variety. The similar Adoc notebooks were however available with cardboard covers.

No Bio Atomas. Sniff.

When I drove on, into Germany, I noticed another nice stationery surprise. Kids get the excellent Noris colour pencils with a kids meal. Chicken fillets, fries, orange juice and Staedtler Noris for €3.99. The Noris is certainly the star in this combo.

I wish I was a kid

Geordie stationery blogging

Today I came across a new blog, Dear Analog, after they started following me on social media.

It’s nice to see that a review of my favourite, the Orenz, is one of the first blog posts.

Dear Analog’s home is even further North than Bleistift’s. I suggest you read all their posts with a Geordie accent in your head as they’re from Newcastle 8^) The blog itself is unusual as it is only a few days old but already shows ads, affiliate links and gets free items from big manufacturers. In that respect it reminds me a bit of Lead Fast.

Have a look. I am almost sure there will be many more posts in the next few weeks.