Despite only starting this blog less than a week ago, I seem to have already neglected it slightly... However I do have a good reason for this - I've been staying with family in the UK, and I've been getting up to all sorts of vaguely interesting things. But the most exciting thing has definitely been getting my typewriter! I'd spent months lusting after a few different models on eBay, but then a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy one - this proved tricky for reasons which I won't go into, but I eventually managed to get my uncle (a seasoned eBay pro) to do the ordering part for me. It was waiting for me when we arrived, and oh, is it beautiful!
It's an Imperial 200, dating from circa 1960, and a lovely pale blue colour with barely any signs of aging or wear. It came with a carry case too, which will be great for getting it back home. I've been typing out nonsense to get a feel for it, and I have to say I wasn't quite aware of how hard you have to press the keys for it to make a decent mark, nor of the clatter it makes when you're typing quickly! I was thundering away at it in the living room and interrupting all conversation before I got told to take it somewhere else...
I'm so thrilled with it, as it's something I've really wanted for a while, and managed to get for a very reasonable £25 (including postage). It's so tactile and pressing the keys is surprisingly satisfying, much more so than a modern computer keyboard! I haven't quite decided what I'll be using it for yet (perhaps some homework? Poetry?) but I'm sure it will be put to good use.