Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Tandem Reveal ........
Thanks for all your lovely comments regarding little Sweetpeas skirt, if any of you have any good book or website recommendations for learning to sew I would greatly appreciate them. Oh and also any recommendations for equipment like scissors etc (I used kitchen scissors for the skirt, not the best for cutting). We have one problem with it however, it is now day 4 of the new skirt and she won't take it off! I think I will have to make another just so I can wash that one lol.
Now back to this post's title, some time ago some of you may remember that I was given a lovely 1964 Hercules tandem by my Nan and Grandad. When we got it it looked like this, not the cleanest of bikes but in great working order.
Well we sent it over to a lovely chap across the road who loves restoring and doing up bikes. Whilst it was there I rummaged about on the internet to find its original colour and I also looked in family albums for the photo of my parents sitting on the bike on their wedding day, my Mum was only 18 in this photo :-) I am loving the fact that their wedding reception was in my Nan & Grandads garden along with tents put up for the party and guests to stay in afterwards.
Well a few weeks later here is my gorgeous grandparents with their done up bike! My Grandad was particularly chuffed, he was like a kid at Christmas, his face just lite up and he couldn't stop looking at it. I was a bit worried that they may be upset that I took it to do it up as it has been used a lot by them and all of us in the past so they have many happy memories of it. As I walking them over to see it I found out that they didn't have it from new but had swapped it many years ago for a record player :-) They then used it to cycle to France with all their camping gear on the back and all our Aunties and cousins also remember the bike very fondly.
This photo was taken in our neighbours garden (the chap who did the bike up for us) - what a fab garden and just look at those smiles!
There is a little speedo on it but it gets stuck at 7mph - I am sure we go faster than that lol.
These photos are back in our garden again, the bike looks great now and certainly makes people smile as we bike past them. Mind you they may be smiling as my socks are tucked into my trousers and Mr Sweetpea and I are giggling away whilst peddling around the village on it - this bike just makes you have a huge grin on your face :-) I still have to master starting off without wobbling around on the back for a few seconds and Mr Sweetpea telling me to stay still but I am sure that will come with time.
We have only managed two bike rides on it so far as obviously we can't leave little Sweetpea on her own (or the other two as they may kill each other lol) but here is to many more years on this fab bike :-) x