Sorry we didn’t blog last week, we were on tour… No, not with Lord Dodo’s heavy metal band the Wailing Dodo’s (one for another blog, I’m sure *hemhem*), but to celebrate National Stationery Week at the London Stationery Show! Like Nelly the Elephant before him, Lord Dodo proudly packed his trunk (and we packed ours) and we transported our wares up to the big smoke to showcase the best of Dodo Pad at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington. Though we did request from HRH Queen Elizabeth II that The Royal Train be used to ferry His Lordship to the city, unfortunately the locomotive was in for a service on the 1 – 2 April and therefore we had to find an alternative mode of transport . The drive from Cornwall meant several pit stops to stretch wings and legs, but we made it to the capital in one piece and boy, was it worth the journey! From pens and sticky notes to little folding contraptions and staple-less staplers that – if it wasn’t down to the little perspex window that shows you exactly how it works, you’d surely mark down as witchcraft – the show was a feast for the senses; a true stationery lovers’ paradise. Taking place during National Stationery Week (a fantastic campaign to ‘Get Britain Writing’ – you can read more here) some of the nicest little companies – including us *blush* – showcased the latest and best products on their stands. We proudly displayed next year’s diary (it’s the one before the big 50th edition – hold on to your hats!), the new, blue and just for you Acad-Pad 2014/15 and our new Dodo Mini Blank Book along with our range of greetings cards and even our very special (and freshly hatched) Dodo Jotter! The London Stationery Show is a very special place, with the best of the best stationery on display for all to see, touch, sniff and peck at. We went, we saw, we made new friends and showed the stationery world what Dodo Pad is all about. We only wish you could have all been there to have a good laugh with us on our stand. You’ll have to save your giggles for Lord Dodo’s 50th birthday bash and bonanza, which you’re all invited to! Details to follow in due course, stay in touch with us here, on Twitter or on Facebook! Or if you’d like to be ‘Kept Posted’ on the #DodoJubilee celebrations sign up here.
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Hallooo, dear Dodopadlers! Miss Peabody here.
As I was noting down a date in my Dodo Pad diary today, I realised that there are less than two months until Christmas! Goodness me, the time does fly. I immediately brought out my Dodo Book of Christmas and began planning.
You may say it is too early to begin planning the festive season, but I say pish-posh. I require some time to reflect on what I have done for past Christmas celebrations in order to decide what to do this year. Same? Different? Decisions, decisions!
Every year I am in charge of decorating the Grand Hall at Dodo Towers, which I greatly enjoy. Ever the organisational whiz, I use the ‘Decorations’ section of my Christmas Book to draw schematic diagrams of the Hall to help me decide where to place the tree this year, whether the flashy lights should go all the way up the stairs or on the balcony only, and where to hang the mistletoe (I hang it in a different location each year to try to position myself under it when Lord Dodo is near, but alas he never seems to notice the greenery above my head…).
Each year we have a feast of staggering epic belt bursting great proportions. In the ‘Recipes’ section I keep the menus from previous years as well as all my Christmas recipes (including my Great-Great-Gran’s famous recipe for Christmas Pudding – always a crowd-pleaser!).
The (ever-lengthening) Cards lists show to whom I have sent cards each year and who has sent cards to me. The handy pockets in each divider help me keep track of those little scraps of ideas and notes that otherwise would be lost. Amazing capturing device! The ‘Gifts’ section reminds me what I gave to whom each year, to avoid any embarrassment of repetition.
The ‘Children’ section is excellent to record children’s games, activities, and holiday performances each year. Young Master Ludodo and little Lady Cosima Dodo adore the holidays as all children do, and this section not only helps plan their fun but also has become a sentimental record of their seasonal delights. How Lady Dodo cherishes those sweet memories!
But perhaps my favorite section in the Book of Christmas is the ‘Traditions’ section. We have many traditions here at Dodo Towers, my favorite of which is wassailing out and about among the neighbours. I must say, the Hardworking Sales and Customer Service team has several members blessed with lovely voices, led by Bert Whistle’s booming baritone. Great fun!
With the Book of Christmas, planning is almost as fun as the festive season itself!
Happy planning to you all, and toodle-oo for now!