It was great to have a couple of weeks off and to explore Melbourne and around with the boyf. He was most interested in seeking out new food and wine places, but he humoured my desire to go into justabout every second-hand bookshop, op shop and antique store we came across. At the end of the fortnight, I had amassed quite a collection of things, including a galvanised watering can for the plants which have survived the possums and an old-fashioned telephone (which I probably won’t be using for those long international numbers). But the highlight for me was finding two boxes of nibs and a wonderful holder ($10 each box, $5 each pen holder) in an antique shop in the Yarra Valley. Can’t wait to try them out.