a selection of Gardening Journals….

Father’s Day (16 June) is fast approaching and I am once again struggling with an idea for a present.

This year I was thinking about Gardening Journals after seeing a pretty laid out promotional stand for gardening books in Waterstones which included the Moleskine Gardening Journal and I decided to have a look and see what other products are out there. You can always use a nice notebook with a pretty picture, but I thought a dedicated journal might give a better sense of direction.

moleskine garden journal icon

This one is part of the Moleskine Passions Range. Personally I think anyone that buys the Passion Range needs to also have the ability to jazz it up a bit. The YouTube Marketing videos and various blog images promote an arty/doodle feel to this journal.

Both Dodo and Printed Portal Journals are aimed at organising your gardening and getting your garden into shipshape. Perfect for budding and enthusiastic gardeners.

Both of these are long-term journals for more serious gardeners who like to reflect on their garden year on year. Learn from your mistakes and develop your garden year on year with either of these options. Also if you like a bit interesting gardening information – the Lee Valley looks like a perfect choice.

Anyone come across any other good options or have a favourite?

Address Book from Pictura

address book

Today is a bit of an odd one. An address book.

Who uses those anymore I hear you ask.

Well, I got it as a gift from my grandparents and thought I would add it to the blogging pile. The cover has a velvety feel (the black lines and magnetic closure are velvety) and personally I find the swirling patterns rather beautiful.

If it was an ordinary notebook I would be using it in a flash, without a second thought. Now I have to come up with a way to use an address book without using it as an address book…

Maybe password and logins? or a LinkedIn backup?

Ink Test: in the Leuchtturm 1917 Jottbook

leuch ink test

Last month I wrote about my monthly notebook for May the Leuchtturm 1917 Jottbook.

At the time of writing this was a fresh and new notebook, now it is almost full (and I am not even half way through the month yet). That is clearly a good sign.

If I like it, I use it.

I have found myself speed through the pages during a quiet moment.  I have also taken the opportunity to carry out a quick ink test (although I fear my fountain pens seem to have gone walkies as people keep borrowing my pens).

As you can see very little bleeding  – in fact the only bleed through is the permanent marker. My writing instrument of choice appears to be a mechanical pencil at the moment despite the pots (and pots) of pens I seem to have on my desk.

To Do List Notebook

The to-do list notebook from Printed Portal is the latest addition in their organisational notebooks for professionals and the latest addition to my collection of work notebooks.


I have started working in a new department at work and I thought that this might be the most appropriate notebook for managing my task list. The work I do is very client based and there are several standard steps that are carried out in relation to each client (the emphasis is on getting it right for the client and not on deadlines and/or efficiency) therefore a client driven task list sounded perfect.

front cover

The style of this pocket-sized notebook (10.8 x 17.48 ) is in keeping with the rest of the professional range and is deep red in colour. Each of the 120 pages of the notebook is a list for a client and includes space for tasks or items, due date, draft and done. I use these pages by listing the client at the top and then having the list of tasks down the left hand column – this will include things like meetings, attendance notes, letters and documents. Where there is a due date I will fill this in but quite often I do not have a due date and I will put in the date I send something to the client instead.

The next two columns are labelled D and D (for draft and done). I tend to do a lot of drafts as well so I will use both of these columns as check boxes and tick them off. We usually have our own checklist procedure at work for checking draft documents so I usually tick the first column when it enters the checklist procedure, then a few days later when I get them back a second tick goes in the done column to show that the document has been finished and sent to the client.

The thing that is lacking in this notebook is how to sort  information by client when you can’t reorder the pages. I came up with 3 possibilities:

  • Enter the work into the notebook as you receive it – but then it is harder to find the client list when you need it again.
  • Enter in all your clients at once and arrange them as you please  – but as a trainee I do not have a set client list.
  • Alphabetical Order

I have gone for alphabetical order. This I did myself by putting a tiny letter in the top right hand corner of each page (4x pages per letter with spare pages at the back). You can easily find the letter you need by using the top corner of the notebook like a flip book. Simple and easy.

So far the notebook has worked well and is keeping track of the work I am doing for each client. As always I will review again as time passes.