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Car boot Sale

This morning we went to a car boot sale. It was early in the morning and absolutely freezing cold, but worth braving. Our spoils were great, I think Mikey lucked out the most. He got a load of toys and a couple of books. The books were five pence each and the toys ranged from 30 pence to a couple of pounds each. He played with one of the toys, a sort of wooden alphabet abacus shaped type thing, for the whole morning after we got home and washed it. He also got a toy train with animals, a little bench to hit shapes through with a hammer and some wooden matching game.

I managed to acquire two more antique cameras. They were 5 pounds each. I missed out on a third because a man got there before me. Shame, the third one looked really nice too.

Mamiya 4B/Rank Mamiya, 1963
Bencini Comet S, 1950
They're not in as good condition as the ones in the photographs. The man said they worked, but obviously we'll have to wait and see. The Mamiya takes 35mm film and the Comet takes 127 film, the latter I am not sure where to buy but I'll find something I'm sure. Here's a flickr set I found of photos taken by a Bencini Comet S, I'm excited about getting to use it.

While looking around I also found the Flickr Camera Museum. Some nice cameras, worth a look.

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I am a 24 year old British stay at home mother to a two year old boy. Married to a U.S. soldier and currently living in Germany.

I have seen the Vatican from the very top of St Peter's Basilica, the mud in the World War I trenches outside Ypres. I have walked through Montmartre side streets bustling with people in the evening, gotten lost in the streets of Greenwich Village NYC, run through cornfields on the Welsh border and sat outside with a cup of tea watching fireflies in the fields of the outer Chicago suburbs.

I have held the hands of others through addiction, fear, suicide, despair and come out the other side. I have left everything behind to begin anew.
I have fought mental illness and walked through snow in the mountains of the lake district, England. I have explored the morgue in the bowels of an abandoned hospital on a summer evening, climbed to the top of scaffolding on the outside of a five floor warehouse to look at the city lights of Nottingham at night and I have watched the sun setting on the Texas horizon.

I have held my son's tiny hand through the plastic window on an isolette in the NICU ward. Walked, speaking only in whispers, through the catacombs beneath the ground on the outskirts of Rome and seen the fireworks over Heidelberg castle.

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