So, I went ahead and bought a small Moleskine hardback diary. It’s 5½ inches by 3½ inches by an inch, so small enough to be carried around in any handbag (as well as my filofax) and with the hardback cover, hopefully tough enough too. In some ways the similar sized Ciak would have been nice as then there is some way of keeping a pen attached (using the horizontal elastic closure) and next year, I will probably use one of them instead, but because it was fairly cheap via Amazon, I bought myself the Moleskine.
|New Moleskine small diary|
As for the rest of the diary… there’s the standard info page at the front, some personal data pages (which I will leave blank), 2012 at a view, then a series of month per pages for 2012, a list of international holidays (they never include Malawian ones in any diary!), 2013 at a view, travel planning pages, a world-time map, international dialling codes, internet codes and plate codes, measures and conversions, international clothes sizes, a page with a ruler down the side… and then the diary starts. Most of these info pages are no use to me but I will leave them in so as not to spoil the book.
Each page has the times ‘8’ to ‘20’ down the side, then a space, then right at the bottom, a space to record the weather and the temperature. As I will be using this to record positive things, I don’t need the time slots. I haven’t fountain-pen tested it yet but I know my Moleskine notebooks have been fine so I am expecting this one to be too. There is the usual pocket in the back (currently holding the silly notebook and the stickers) and elastic closure. The red is a bit orange for my taste (oh, and clashes quite hideously with both turquoise and pink baroques… bit of handbag horror) but okay. The Ciak red is nicer.
|Does not lie flat!|