24 February 2009

Inky's Here

Hi everybody.

I would like to thank the kind reader who emailed me at my work and home email addresses -- good detective work.

I'm sorry I worried or alarmed some of my longtime readers. Part of the reason for my absence had to do with family illnesses, house and automobile repairs, and other challenges, but part of it was simple neglect.

I really appreciate everyone's concern. I have been stocking up on new and old leaves and still using my Filofaxes to conduct my life.

I love all the wonderful comments everyone has been leaving, and hope to get even more lively discussion going as I start posting more often again.

Here's one of my recent acquisitions -- a 1988 England printing of a leaf I'm sure is discontinued, the Traveller's Checklist. Don't forget to pack your Embrocation! I'm reluctant to even open it.


  1. Oh, Inky, I'm so glad to hear from you! Thanks for letting us know how you're doing.

  2. Glad you are okay Inky!! Sorry to hear about your family's illnesses, I hope everybody is okay now.

    Wonderful find with the traveler's checklist!!!

  3. Welcome back Inky!

    I hope everything is ok with your family.

    I'm struggeling with being a single mom myself. Luckely my filo is helping me to get organised arround here.

  4. I'm so happy to hear from you again, Inky. :-)

    I hope you and your family are ok now.

    I agree with Laurie. That checklist is a wonderful find. It makes me wonder what other forms or checklists were available during the 80's.

  5. Glad your back, look forward to your coming posts and the interesting comments from the readers.

    I too hope your coming days will be easier, and that things are ok.

  6. RE: the traveler's checklist

    I love the reference to "cotton wool buds" - how cute is that? (I know that they're just Q-tips, but cotton wool buds sounds like something you'd find in a garden).

  7. We call them cotton wool buds here in Oz, or just otton buds. I think Q tips is an odd name... What is Q about them? What else is on the list?

  8. Oops! That was supposed to be COTTON buds!

  9. Not sure why they are called "Q" tips, but that is the brand name, like Kleenex or Hoover. The "generic" term used is cotton swab, but I almost never hear that.

  10. Glad to have you back Inky!

    I LOVE the way that traveller's checklist has "Alcohol" right under "Alarm Clock" on the Personal checklist - that's my kinda journey... :)

    Also: "Hairpiece/wig" - the images conjured up of the typical user they designed this for, just get weirder and weirder!

    I also like the surrealism of "Personal Organiser" in the first checklist... the personal organiser, one may assume, that the checklist is in?

    Makes my head hurt, time to slip off my wig, rub on some embrocation, and have a little lie down (with some traveller's friend, of course!)

  11. Miss C, you really got me laughing. Now I really am going to have to open it so we can see what else is on there!

  12. Hi
    Would it be possible for you to make a scanned copy of the list you show. I love recreating these no longer available pages. I've got a few of my own from the mid 80's which are no longer sold.

    I've posted one a Photo Exposure Record on DiY Planner

    It's posted here: http://www.diyplanner.com/node/5444

    The holiday list would be a great addition to the collection...

  13. Some other tantalizing leaves available at the end of the 1980s:
    Function planner (Ref. 551)
    Home Entertainment (Ref. 803)
    Restaurant (Ref. 805)
    Recipe Record (Ref. 180)
    Bird Watcher's Checklist (Ref. 740)
    Bridge Score Sheet (Ref. 183)
    Cellar Notes (Ref. 184)
    Chess Score Record (Ref. 186)
    Wine Tasting Record (Ref. 185)
    Bibliofile (Ref. 832)
    Cards and Gifts (Ref. 611)
    Daily Intake Record (Ref. 179)
    Hotel (Ref. 804)
    Personal Services (Ref. 801)
    Anglers Catch Record (Ref. 618)
    Golf Record (Ref. 612)
    Running Record (Ref. 616)
    Skiing Record (Ref. 613)
    Snooker Record (Ref. 614)
    Squash Record (Ref. 617)
    Windsurfing Record (Ref. 615)
    Those were the days!

  14. I won't be able to do any scanning until Monday, but I will scan the traveler's list for Steve et al.

  15. Steve - Thanks for the link. That's a beautiful form you created.

  16. Inky....I am glad you are well and back. We were truly worried.


  17. gmax wrote:
    "Home Entertainment (Ref. 803)"

    Oh, PLEASE tell me that refers to VCRs. I can't think what other forms there were back in the '80s - no Xbox & Wii Fit back then!

    "Personal Services (Ref. 801)"

    Oooh la la! :)

  18. I'm afraid "Home Entertainment (Ref. 803)" may not live up to Miss Charlie's expectations there - it was listed, within a group entitled Entertaining, as "a useful leaf for entertaining. Record names of guests, caterer, menu, wines, costings. There is a seat planner on reverse."

    And, although the catalogue group name Private Information lived up to the suggestiveness of the leaf called "Personal Services (Ref. 801)", it was in fact intended to "list details of your personal suppliers under numerous headings including: Hairstylist, Laundry, Florist, Doctor, Car Rental, Shoe Repair".

  19. Miss Charlie may be happier to hear that there was a dedicated "Television and Video Planner" leaf (Ref. 283).


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