If you ask my mother what she would like as a present, she can be guaranteed to say books, flowers, candles, bath oil, scent. Darling you *know* what I like…In truth, I suspect her ideal gift would be a Jack Russell puppy, garlanded with old fashioned roses, and sitting on a pile of new cook books.
I’m a bit short in the puppy department at the moment, so for Mothering Sunday I bought her a new address book instead. She’s been dropping incredibly unsubtle hints lately that she needed a replacement for her Rolodex, which has been shedding cards like a poker player on a bad run.
As she writes with a fountain pen, and keeps her master address book in the kitchen, I wanted something that would keep the entries dry: most of the Rolodex cards were illegible from water stains.
So I ordered this large green bonded leather address book from Noble Macmillan, and had her initials blocked on the front.
Noble Macmillan have been making all sorts of very lovely diaries, albums, visitor’s books and leather accessories for more than 25 years and are still based in their original home – a cobbled Kensington mews. Their products are made either in their workshop in Wiltshire, a bookbinders in London or in the Andalusian town of Ubrique – a place famed for the quality of its leather goods.
It’s pleasingly old fashioned – the telephone column suggests a fax number too, and I was equally pleased at the cost – £45, as similar leather address books are usually at least twice the price. – I can tell you how much it cost me, as I stupidly ticked the same box for address and invoicing, so my mother got sent the receipt. Oops.
Noble Macmillan Large Address Book £45. Monogram from £3 per character. They can personalise all of their products and usually within 48hrs.