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Photographing the Sun

Cutting across my earliest conditioning and ignoring my camera’s manual, today I photographed the sun.

Conditions were favourable; a light breeze, some cloud but a bright sky with a south facing aspect.

During a 30 minute tea break my boss is man-handling a rare Carl Zeiss Jena  prism lens into position on the outside workbench. Originally intending to photograph the lump for eBay and doubtless a very good price, the opportunity to mess about with the light from our nearest star was too good to miss.

While he manouvered the beast into position I set up an adhoc viewing surface (the back of a short wave radio manual) and set about capturing the clouds scudding across the face of the sun.

With no way of accurately focussing the image and with me working hand held it is of neccessity a rough a ready pair of images I brought home.

Somehow, and I don’t know quite how, we felt like twin Galileos, rather awed by the simple fact of looking at the Sun.

What next; running with scissors?

Peek-a-Boo Jim: Illustrated by Chloe Preston

chunkybooks02 Peek a Boo Jim: Illustrated by Chloe Preston
I’ve already trailed this once as a ‘coming soon’ auction on eBay; it should be up and running now here.


I’ve had this and others for about 20 years. I remember buying them from Phil David then proprietor of Furniture Cave in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Phil was shrewd and always had good things. The shop is still there under the ownership of David Russell Hulme and remains a very good retail and trade call.

A shaped and illustrated board book I guess from the 1920s
Illustrated by Chloe Preston with words by May Byron
Published by Humphrey Milford OUP London
26cm high
The thick board covers are cut into the shape of Chloe Preston’s appealing wide-eyed children
Very light spine wear, complete and very clean
Foxing present throughout but I wouldn’t regard it as affecting the overall excellence of this volume
This one of three that I have unearthed from a box in my attic.

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