Bags and the Bone of a Seal.

When I am writing my bag goes everywhere with me. Even into my studio. Usually I write on the hill, looking out over the sea, but when a story is nagging you never know when you might catch a word or a phrase or an idea.


On my desk, a hare, for Peter’s calendar 2015. It is late. I should be painting not blogging, but I wanted to say thank you to Scaramanga. It takes a long time to find the right bag and I have tried others but always come back to this one. It is like Baby Bear’s porridge. Just right. I bought mine a few years ago now. I think I first found them on facebook, bought this and also the large satchel that I carry books to events in.

Also on my desk, Song of the Golden Hare, a badly stuffed hare, three hour glasses, a Tunnocks teacake egg, a small Wentworth’s jigsaw, a pile of Robin Hobb books with jackets by me, cockle shells., brushes and a cat goddess.

In my bag, a moleskine notebook ( lined), a pen ( Lamy), spare cartridges to avoid that awful moment when the ink runs dry, some postcards so that I can send thank yous for feathers, a spare notebook for other ideas, a small Wentworth’s jigsaw because now I cannot travel anywhere at least without one, a Swiss army knife, a spare pen, some business cards, a mini I am Cat and the bone of a seal.

What do you carry in yours?


About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to Bags and the Bone of a Seal.

  1. Karin says:

    Today I have Tiny moleskine notebook, 6 pens, sweary panda, Emily bear, phone charger, stones of beauty, purse, lip salve, business card and a torch. I’m in the land of the midnight sun. Today the torch is the oddest thing for me.

  2. Melody says:

    I carry a back pack to work (office job) with me every day… and i like to be prepared…..
    a little roll up pouch with Micron pens, mechanical pencil, eraser, white pencil, tiny little child’s water color box, ~ a teeny little pad of paper, with a goat on the front ~ in case I need to “art”…, an umbrella, little flashlight, tin foil emergency blanket (Mum gave it to me, hopefully I never need it), ear warmer (so i’m not without that first cold day of fall), sun screen, and a little pewter beaver figurine. I am a bit of a magpie, and the problem effects my home, as well as my back pack. (home away from home?). :))))))) Love your leather bag….

  3. Judith says:

    I have a Jansport backpack that goes everywhere with me. It is brown plaid with a leather bottom. There are two pockets that I keep my writing things in: 1) for mechanical pencils, erasers and extra lead; 2) for my pens and highlighters in various colours. Days vary as to what I am doing, but these are what I carry with me 99% of the time: several books (non-fiction for an on-going project) and at least 1 mystery novel, plus several fantasy novels (right now its Jo Walton). Several notebooks for writing important (and not-so-important) things down; a small spiral notebook for word writing/construction; some munchable food; and finally 2 thermos flasks for hot tea and ice water.

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