Old keys. Such simple objects when you look at them frankly; but to my eyes they are keepers of mystery, intrigue, and romance. A humble clock case key long forgotten and fallen out of use could really be that of a secret box beneath a creaky floorboard, patiently eavesdropping on the world above while holding safe it's cache of memories.
The Secret Garden is partially to blame for my flights of fancy but I am not alone, it has imprinted curiosity and snared the attention of children for a handful of generations now. When I see a particularly lovely copy I pick it up without hesitation; my latest is all the better for being a vintage Puffin edition. The same second hand book shop yielded another childhood favourite - Alice in Wonderland, also a vintage Puffin edition - I think I had a dose of book luck that day!
Someone clearly took a liking to the Cadbury's advert on the milk bottle and decided to keep it, I'm glad they did because I love it too! Do any of you still have milk delivered to your door each morning? I don't think I have since I was 14 or so when my family moved from a village to a place down a bone shaking track that would have a milkman on the edge of a meltdown and bankruptcy due to breakages.
T's Dad Nick was quite surprised to see our growing collection of vintage cameras last time he visited; especially as T has a great DSLR and arsenal of lenses, I ended up banging on enthusiastically about how beautiful they are as objects and how much I was enjoying playing with film photography. A few weeks later Nick kindly sent me a very well kept 1950s Box Brownie which quickly found a home on my bookshelf, apparently it's possible to use 120 film with a Brownie so I'm looking forward to trying that!
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