Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bicycle Bicycle!

bicycle bicycle I want to ride my bicycle
 
I took this photo in Osterville, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Osterville is a beautiful little town and so typical of small town USA. We enjoyed a craft show along with an antique car parade, a full turn out of town residents with a mix of tourists and antique car enthusiasts who enjoyed the procession.
Judy and I were once again exploring the shops and taking in all that the town had to offer when we came upon this fine old bike laying against a post outside a swanky boutique. When I say swanky I mean that the sale rack at 30% off is far more than I would like to pay! For example what is 30% off of $225 for a cotton blouse! Yikes!!!
One of the shops had scrimshaw and Sailor's Valentines! Google these if you are not sure of what they are! They are quite interesting! 

The bike reminded me of my youth and first bicycle. Quite different in color, it was dark green and I taught myself to ride. It was a First Communion present, that would have made me about six years old in those days. Funny thing is I bought myself a bike a couple of years ago with big fat tires thinking it would be great exercise, however I must say I am fearful of falling or being hit by a car. Maybe I could fill the basket with flowers and make it a garden prop in my yard. It would make hubby most happy to get it out of the shed! 
My minds eye envisions a thin little lady with a big straw hat, a white freshly pressed cotton sleeveless button down shirt, seersucker light blue petal pushers, waist banded and zippered front, navy blue keds laced with new white shoelaces, riding along side the canal on the bike pictured above! My visions are only visions, however, and the frail little lady envisioned, would not be me!!! 
Photo is being submitted to Kim Klassens's Texture Tuesday. I used her Sun Kissed Texture at 80%. 
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34 comments:

Danielle said...

How interesting, I never had heard of Sailors Valentines before...they are quite beautiful. Off to work on my texture post ;)

Barb said...

I always love photos of bikes! The colours are so soft and pretty. Great composition too.

Lindsay Drya said...

Nice how the pink flowers fit the pink bike! :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Interesting what you envision, I see something different. A lady in a large straw hat with a long blue demiun jumper and bare feet. Great job!!

Amy Burzese said...

Those little towns are fun to visit and look at, but I rarely buy anything either. And it wouldn't be me on that bike either. :)

johanna said...

wonderful picture - i also love the blossom photos from your previous post!

The Artful Diva said...

I have a bicycle "planted" in my yard, but it's not as pretty as this one!

Linda/patchwork said...

Lovely photo.
And, with your description, I can 'see' your lady riding the bicycle.

Good job.

Leovi said...

Yes, it is certainly a very good picture, beautiful light and color.

Lynn said...

Lovely lovely photo...love bikes and flowers and fences.

Bryan Dechairo said...

Makes me want to get on my bike, if only I hadn't torn a cartilege in my knee.

Nancy Claeys said...

Beautiful -- I haven't had a bike for years. Kind of difficult to ride on gravel roads. :)

Mary said...

I would like to see that blouse! Hahahhah I would like to have it..crazy thought. Love you pics of Cape Code. I'd love to spend some time there...it has a romantic note to me. This summer for me: staycation. Still thinking about that blouse.

Evelyn S. said...

What a delightful scene you've captured here!

bailey-road.com said...

It makes a beautiful planter. Lovely shot.

Cottage and Broome said...

Sounds like some of the stores around here, we are in a Lake Michigan resort town. My Mom was looking for the coupons!!! Loved the bike, Laura

hootnonny said...

Your posts have instilled in me a desire to visit New England!

Lisa Gordon said...

I LOVE this Rosemary!
Beautiful composition and colors.

EG CameraGirl said...

Pink blossoms on a pink bicycle! Nothing could be prettier.

Kim Stevens said...

I want a bike with a basket full of peonies!! Beautiful...and now I'm off to google Sailors valentines...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Lately I've been wanting a bike, but I know me: I'll ride it twice and never ride it again. Nice to know there is a good ornamental use for it, though! Love the photo and the flower basket. So clever!

Carola Bartz said...

Beautiful capture of this bike with its basket of flowers. Nice dreamlike mood - I like it a lot.

Sharon said...

Love, love, love Cape Cod. This bike is a great capture of the charm and beauty of Osterville. Makes me smile!

Sherri B. said...

What a lovely photo...there's nothing more enjoyable to me than walking through a quaint town with my camera. So many photo opportunities...thank you for sharing! I loved your imaginary description of the woman who would be riding that bike. :)

Sylvia said...

Lovely photo, beautifully textured !
Thanks for your nice comment,
Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

that is really cute. i used to ride bikes everywhere when i was a kid. all it took was one accident, smashing my chin against the pavement, and now i'm afraid of wobbling and falling. :)

missing moments said...

The bike reminds me of some of the decorated ones we see in Amsterdam when visiting. A couple I have in my blog header. Great shot!

PrairieJill said...

Lovely image! The colours are gorgeous.

Ms. Becky said...

what a charming photo - it's so lovely. there's something very comforting about a bicycle with a basket of flowers. happy week to you.

CATHY said...

so pretty and I love the three photos at the top of your page!

Jennifer said...

When I was in my 20's, I loved biking. I had a racer and would go for miles. Now, I have an old lady bike, not to unlike the one in the picture ( minus the flowers). I actually want to dig it out of the shed this fall and take it for a spin. Hopefully, I won't hurt myself permanently, but I am sure I would have lots of really soar muscles! Have a great weekend Rosemary!

Butterbean Row said...

the bike is so nostalgic...love the soft and dreaminess of the photo!

♥charlotte

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What a beautiful scene, the flowers are so big and bright, open to dreams of another time.

Tricia said...

What a pretty scene! I love your version of the person riding it too...I could picture it myself :)

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