Monday, 3 October 2011

Riding Along On My Push Bike, Honey


 
I braved the spiders in Dad's cellar at the weekend and found the long-forgotten 1966 Raleigh RSW 16 of my childhood. Yesterday morning was spent riding up and down the lawn reacquainting myself with it's quirks and today I've tackled the main road to visit the local shop.


Over the years it's lost the green tartan holdall from the back, I'll have to trawl the boot sales and eBay for a suitably kitsch replacement.


Cycling and maxi dresses don't go well together, thankfully it's still warm enough for shorts.


Vintage embroidered blouse (Thursday's jumble, 20p), Crochet waistcoat (another score from the jumble), velvet hot pants (70p, car boot sale), vintage hide belt (50p, car boot sale) and 1970s Foster Grant sunnies (20p, car boot sale)

I was thrilled to win the lovely Lisa's blog giveaway. Look at how prettily packaged my parcel was.


Here's the amazing contents.


A Tunnock's Tea Cake tea towel (try saying that after a few), a vintage tea towel, a beautiful Hornsea cruet, a handmade dishcloth, some herbal tea bags, a gorgeous lustre ware tea cup and saucer, a pretty gypsy caravan card and a hippy-tastic skirt.  There were also some Tunnock's Tea cakes but a certain someone had a hangover yesterday and scoffed the lot, bad boy.


Hope you've had a fantastic weekend.

70 comments:

Rose&Bird said...

That's really cool that the bike is still big enough for you! Lovely outfit (cheapest yet?!), just right for the crazy weather.
Hope your Dad is improving x

Rose&Bird said...

Well done in winning the giveaway too x

Nelly said...

Look at that I am 1st off the commenting rank yay me and yay you looking as groovy as ever and how lucky to have a hoarding dad,Have a wonderful day VV I am off to bed xxx

LUCEWOMAN said...

Can't believe that bike has been in the attic - so glad you rescued it.
You'll really look the part once you get a bag for it.
Isn't this weather a lovely treat - extra time with your favourite clothes.

I LOVE Tunnock's teacakes, and the packaging is so stylish. I'd have beat Jon to them and left him with six neatly smoothed out wrappers - I never tear them open (same for creme eggs!).

Have fun cycling in the sun,

Lucy x

Nelly said...

damn I am 3rd not 1st mate ya gotta be quick around here lol

♥ Sadie ♥ said...

I used to have a similar bike, oh the memories ;). You look lovely :) xx

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Vix,
I love that bike, we had a similar one at my folks summerhouse that I used to cycle on in my youth...I'm not sure if they've still got it? When I was over in Sweden last time I noticed that old style bikes with sensible saddles have come back in, the more retro they look the more expensive they are, the sturdy old postmen’s bikes are like gold dust when revamped. Mark cycles everyday but I'm too scared to brave the aggressive London traffic. I love your new boots too, they look perfect teamed with that fab crochet waistcoat. BTW with legs like yours, I'd be wearing mini's & hotpants more often...Yowza woman!
Lot's of love,
Jennie
xXx

Kitty said...

Oh so cute!! I so wish my folks had kept stuff like yours did. Am looking forward to seeing some action pics next please!! Ha!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

How lovely that your parents kept your bike of your teenage years! Sounds like you have had a nice time re-aquainting yourself with it.

Well done on the giveaway. Cool a Tunnocks teacake towel. I love the design on those.

Loved your dress on your last post too. Just gorgeous!


MBB x

Dolly Cool Clare said...

You look far more glam than I do when riding my bike! Love the fact you still have your old bike...and it looks fabulous too!

Kelly said...

So much more glam than I have ever looked riding a bike. I feel you need a basket though. :) For all your fantastic finds.

xx

Llara is the Little Scribbler said...

Ooh, the bike's lovely! And what a beautifully wrapped package! x

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Fab cycling look! That crochet gilet is just gorgeous. And congrats on the fab and well deserved giveaway prize, how lovely!
xxxxxxx

the gardener's cottage said...

love that bike vix. you are so lucky to that your dad kept it. it would be worth a fortune here in southern california.

and of course you look darling on it!

xo
janet

La Dama said...

You sexy biatch! you look so glam with your shorts. how nice of your PaPa to keep your bike. so cool. I need a chola bike to ride around in England.
So many goodies, love the tea pot. Job is a bad boy for eating the cakes. :)
luv ya

Vintage Sweetheart said...

That bike is a beauty. Congrats on the win, I have some salt & pepper shakers just like those in green!

DearHelenHartman said...

You look suited to that bike in the perfect vintage outfit. I LOVE those vests - my Aunt Ruth used to make them for me in whatever color I picked. Congrats on winning those charming gifties.

pastcaring said...

You looked so pretty as you were riding along...(if I knew how to spell the "shh ooh ooh shh ahh!" bit, I would put that - oh I just did!)
Pop nerdery aside, you look fab on your old bike, I bet you're the same size now as when you rode it as a teenager, you teeny weeny gorgeous woman you!
Lovely giveaway prizes, well done, and well done for braving the spiders to rescue your bike, looking forward to seeing it with a replacement holdall at the back. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Shabby said...

you really rock these outfits!

sacramento said...

I love the bike, and the clear look of your new blog.
You look fabulous on a bike.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

dinoprincesschar said...

Sounds like you've had lovely weather for cycling. I do regret that i hjaven't used my bike as much as i would have liked to this year!

Krista said...

Look at those legs, sexy mama!!! You are the cutest thing that town has ever seen on two wheels. I have never seen a bike like that, how cool it's still ridable!
As always you look fabulous, those boots make me purr.

Love you VIX and it was sooooooooooo cool chatting it up with you, again soon!!!

XXOOXXOO

pinktutu72 said...

The rose print on your shirt is so pretty and I love the crocheted vest. Biking looks like fun, I'll have to see if I can find a second hand bike and give it a go.

Bonnie said...

Hi Vix, thanks for visiting with me and Sadie. You look awfully cute perched on that bike, shows your gorgeous legs off perfectly! Let us know when you find the catchall for the bike.

I've never had a Tunnock tea cake but I'm thinking I could use one right now!

xo, Bonnie

señora Allnut said...

you look so cute in your shorts and crochet vest riding that pretty bike: it's prettier, indeed, because it's a recovered piece!
And I agree with you: such lovely parcels and such great goods!!
besos & enjoy all of them!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Loooove that embroidered vest! So chic and vintage glam. :) I wish I looked as fab as you on a bike! xo

Tanvi said...

You look SO CUTE on that bike! :) Loving the vest on that mini number. And those boots are to die for!!!

♡ from © tanvii.com

HIPPIEBOHORELOADED said...

your outfit is boho perfection and I love your bike :D

Heather said...

Ha! your fantastic love the 2 wheels!! How wonderful it is warm enough for shorts and bike riding oh soak up all that sun while you can ~Love that vest!! You look fabulous as always!! And Congrats on the giveaway win enjoy all those wonderful goodies :) Love Heather

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

It's really not fair - you have all the best transport options! Super cool bike and super cool outfit to go with it. Just mind the tassels in the spokes.

Is there no crap in your jumble sales AT ALL??

Rebecca said...

ahh, your bike is awesome! I wish I still had my childhood bike, it was a gorgeous Raleigh Bianca in a lovely turquoise colour complete with basket on the front.... I love it!

daisychain said...

Don't tell my bike this, but I prefer yours!

wardrobeexperience said...

this summery outfit is so fun and perfect for a ride on the bike.
i'm still totally in love with those boots.

http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

You look fab in your shorts and boots on that vintage bike!

Love Lisa's giveaway, I still have my dishcloth from a win over a year ago! I am in love with the Tunnocks towel but then again I love Tunnocks tea cake x

jules said...

I love how you found your old bike vix!!

I adore your outfit and I love that tunnocks teatowel!!!


jules

triskelos said...

I love this outfit so much! embroidery + crochet vaistcoat + shorts + boots + this amazing bet - so, so, so cool! <3<3<3

http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/

Helga! said...

Squee!!! You look the mega sexy bike rider part perfectly!!! I briefly had one of those bikes in the early 90's,but some fecker knicked it!Mind you,I found it in a fountain,so I suppose it was just moving on....
That riding ensemble is too PERFECT! Yeah,maxis and bikes don't mingle particularly well!! I wouldn't mind mingling with you,however!!
Yay for winners-what a lovely win too!
Love YOU you sexy bint!
Helga xxxXXXxxx

Leticia said...

You look beautiful, doll! I´m sooooo in love with those boots of yours. Well, your whole outfit rocks! Seems you had a pretty weekend down childhood lane! ;) Btw, you are a constant inspiration, Vix. peace

http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Great bike! Those are teeny wheels! And is that dynamo I spy?! Love those things! Helmets are compulsory in NZ nowadays.. so no more wind flowing through our hair!

Great prize.. and well packaged indeed!
x

IMAN said...

Those boots are beautiful. I'm amazed that you can ride while wearing them. I'm fairly certain I would bust my ass if I tried.

Kandi said...

You look amazing on that bike, it's so very you! Glad you liked your bits, I must confess that's the second box I bought for you we scoffed the first lot!
Hugs
Kandi x

Catherine said...

This summery outfit is so perfect. You have beautiful legs!**

Style Eyes said...

Such a cute bike. Love the outfit too. Lucky you have had such great weather for cycling!

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear!! The bike is wonderful, I remember my bike as a teen with the tartan carrier on the back too!! Love your cycling outfit, so perfect for the sunshine and for riding!! xxxx

Ivy Black said...

Look at you and your legs!! Only you could look that foxy on that bike.
I remember those bikes, they were class. xxx

Alice said...

Such a beautiful bike, I can imagine the thrill of rediscovering this brought you a lot of memories and joy xxx

Please may I? said...

Firstly what stunning legs!!!

Secondly great bike! I had a chopper as a kid and I loved it. Great that you can still use it, it would be well sort after now I bet.

How's your dad doing? On the mend I hope.

X x

Amie K said...

Oh VIX you look SUPER on your little bike! I saw a blue one in a charity shop back home with little cream coloured wheels, it was love at first sight but I did wonder how I would manage to wheel it back to Bristol so in the chazzer it stayed, boo hoo :( You look wonderful on it and I'm happy to see those wonderful boots out in force once more.
Hope your dad is feeling better and Jons hangover has now subsided!
Much love xxxxxxxx

Rachael said...

wow that bike looks smashing, i bet it brought back so many memories x

Little Blue Mouse said...

You look great on your bike and well done on your lovely win!

Kezzie said...

Does she (the bike- I assume it's a she!) have a name?
What a fabulous giveaway!!!

Kestrel said...

Hee, cute bike! I used to have a cool 70s folding bike but I sold it as it languished in the cupboard when I was too scared to ride it on the roads. Having buses and bikes in the same lane is a terrible idea!

Hope you find just the right replacement bag x

Vintage Coconut said...

"My God your bicycle is stunning, I love it an have never seen one quite like it around here."

I love your outfit & that belt is cute.
The package you got from the blog giveaway is lovely. *So many pretty things*

rach_t said...

What a fab bike, just looking at that makes me cheery and want to whistle lol happily lol!!
Lucky you winning those lovely goodies!!
:)

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

I remember those bikes! You look great as usual :D when I was out op shopping(It Was Suesday) with City Sue we saw a vintage dress I held it up and we both went 'Vix' we knew it would have looked great on you :D

CameronPoe2409 said...

How cool that your bike was stored away, its soo retro! I've bought a pair of rollerboots! I'm hoping that it will be a fun form of exercise to help me lose weight. xxx

vintage_kitten said...

love your outfit.love that bike.looks lots of fun.xx

Miss Peregrin said...

You even look glamorous on a bike! It's very cool that the bike is still the right size, although I wish it still had the tartan holdall (awesome!). You look great in shorts, and I love the vest & gold belt.

Natasha said...

Awesome photos Vix, and yes the campus is gorgeous, I'm glad you like the photos. I love the last photo and what a brilliant package too!

Style Sud-Est said...

Boy! do you have the legs for this outfit! love the retro bike you see them around sometimes! God did i tell you how much i think your fab lady!

Ariane xxxxxx

jen wardle said...

Soooooo adorable! Love everything!xo

Emma said...

These are Amazing pictures! I Looove those boots!

famfa said...

Wow that bike looks in perfect condition. Hope you find your tartan bag.

Trees said...

Such a cute bike! I love vintage bikes:D I wish I was brave enough to use one as a form of transport, but I just get so nervous biking around cars. I really love your vest - I did macrame as a teenage and one of the books I had included a pattern for a vest like yours and I thought it was just so rad:) I was never brave enough to tackle such a big project though and stuck to the pot plant holders.

Perdita said...

AWW, bike envy! I love a retro bike - I want a chopper but they are rather expensive. I tried raiding my parental garage but all I discovered what that my mum had appropriated my early 1990s pink girl bike and now cycles to bridge club on it.

I may just have to buy one - mind you I don't want to buy a nicked one by accident which is always a risk with second hand.

VintageVicki said...

Fab bike - goes to show things were built to last years ago.

I remember my Grandma's best friend has one of those in red - she'd cycle miles on it - very hard with those little wheels.

Pennyblossoms said...

Ha! I have the very same bike, in blue, in my shed!
Ooh, memories...will have to scan photos of it I think. Me and Willie, (Wilhelmina), in our party dresses trying to ride my birthday pressie! Boring white box, not tartan tho'.

I have a blog award for you.

http://penny-blossoms.blogspot.com/2011/10/200th-post-lovely-award.html

Z xx

Misfits Vintage said...

You look positively GROOVY amor and I LOOOOOVE your bike! How long since it's been ridden? What were the tyres like? I'm positively GREEN with envy, as you know I'm on the look out for a fab vintage bike! You look AMAZING in those shorts - I swear you have the best legs in the WORLD and you look so happy in these sunny pics!

LoveYourBike! Sarah xxx

Scarlett said...

Fabulous bike and fabulous outfit! You totally rock shorts, and check out your pins - they are to die for! Scarlett x

DeniseAngela said...

that is such a cool bike & you are wearing those fabulous boots I love too!