Thursday, 21 July 2011

winter bike rides and coffee

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One of the things I look forward to doing in winter is riding my bike more often. That may sound backward to anyone not from Melbourne (or anywhere in Australia) but summer is often just too hot for bike riding. But then, when we get to winter, I decide that I am far too comfortable on the couch to leave the warmth of the house. If I do want to go somewhere, the car seems like the better – the wiser, the safer, the warmer – option. So last weekend we decided to break this bad, bad habit, rug up and get out on our bikes.

And so, of course, the weather decided to be pretty mild and sunny. It made for easier riding (ha) but it didn't exactly give us the winter, uh, invigoration? we were aiming for! But, hey, I can live with that...

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It wasn't a freezing miserable day (like so many of Melbourne's winter ones) but was still on the chilly side; I was reminded on a night time bike ride a few weeks ago that peep toes make for cold toes on the bike! Ankle socks must go on top of tights.

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We are really lucky, we can ride on bike tracks just 5 minutes from home that look like this.

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We had lots of bright sunshine...

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... but there were a few cloudy moments too. Yep, helmets are da law. They were worn.

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But everyone knows that bikes and riding seem so much nicer without them.

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It was cold enough to make me grateful for my socks.

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The vintage fur collar was nice, too.

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And for the first time ever, my bike basket had flowers woven in to it! Purty.

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All that bike riding (flower picking) demands rest.

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Then it was time for coffee.

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I wore my brooch.

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And we needed something to eat, too. Chicken pide, nom nom nom.

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Rocket leaves, nom nom nom.

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We could admire our bikes from where we sat.

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And admire other bikes, too.

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And I did ride in heels, which is fine – but if you go in mud, this will happen. Don't say I didn't warn you..!

And then we went to the laundrette, but more on that soon. x

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Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Gotta love a girl with mud on the heels and a gorgeous dress...
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Mrs Amber Apple said...

We have identical bikes, but mine is blue :-) My husband and i just got back from a bike ride! I love that you rode your bike in heels!

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

I know what you mean about it being too hot in Summer here to go bike riding. It is much more pleasant to do so in the cooler months. I love the idea of weaving flowers into the bike basket!

Kelly said...

Ha, ha ... I love that you rode in heels. So elegant. And the sour sobbs sure look pretty in your basket, kinda a shame they have the name they do.

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

Emma Robertson said...

Oh, I adore your bike! Your fur collar is super lovely. I can't wait for cooler weather to set in here so I can peddle around on my bike.


Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

I have a vintage fur collar just like that, but it won't fit on a single thing I own. :/

enie meenie said...

o m g. THAT BIKE! aghhhhh it's pretty much my dream bike ::sigh::

& you look dashing!

Barn House Antiques said...

Great bike and great outfit!

I think mud on your heels means you had a really good time.

Retro Chick said...

I love your cardigan, it's really lovely.

I keep thinking about getting a bike, but I don't think I believe that nonsense about once you've learnt you'll never forget! I'm fairly sure I'd fall off it a lot....

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Velvet said...

I love love the first photo! You look so happy. I specially like this photoshoot.

Looking forward to see the laundry post.

Dress Me Dearly said...

stunning, stunning, stunning. love this post so much!!

Vickie said...

looks like fun & I love your dress :)

Pippy O' Hara said...

I love your pictures, you are amazing :))

Aureart said...

Wow . . . che Bellezza in Bicicletta!
Che Pin-Up!
Cheers: Amazing photos of the gorgeous Australian Nature and Cuisine and . . . your Beauty is the SUN that win the Winter :)
Viva la Bici e viva la Natura!
Ciao from Italy
the Artist of Italian Lifestyle

Libertad said...

You look so glamourous in here, and I'm so jealous... I don't know how to ride a bike, and even less with heels!
Btw, lovely dress!

VintageBELAmour said...

love your bike :)

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