Ladies, you've all been so helpful - thank you!
I have managed to do a great deal on my first DSLR in a private buy and it should arrive next week. YAY!!!
I'm getting a second hand Canon 450D (also known as the Rebel XSi) coupled with a with a brand new 50mm f/1.8 lens (still with warranty etc). I didn't have much to spend but I think I did pretty well. The seller upgraded to a Sony A77, thus his reason to sell. I asked lots of questions and stuck to my guns!
So I realise it is not the 'best' camera out there and a later model, but it should be a good entry level DSLR camera and lens for me while I learn the ropes.
Any suggestions on what other kind of lens I should look at buying second hand? I'd like to get a zoom lens now, but I'm obviously still on a budget.
TIA!! (and I apologise now for all the questions I will be asking!!!)