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Roadies Goodies

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roadies1With the decent temperatures we had in the last few days I felt the itch to go for a ride. After the ride I remembered that I had promised my mother a picture of the single speed I just finished building which gave me the idea for a quick photo shoot of my main three roadies cycles. For the first time they are together in the same picture. It made me feel proud. There’s no Campagnolo involved but for me they are worth gold.

From right to left: 1992 Miele Alba LX, 1992 Bianchi Squadra and 1988 Fiore Piquante.

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Tour du Québec cycle

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This morning I got woken up by a phone call from Greyhound courier services. My old Tour du Quebec bicycle had arrived. During my last visit to my family in Quebec my mother had asked me to see if I could fix her old 10 speeds bicycle. I was happy to help her. I took the opportunity to assess my old friend that had been hung in the rafters in my mother’s garage for over a decade. This was my chance to ride it again and even pack it up and get it home with the rest of my crew.

My tour du Quebec was made in the ,early 70’s where the 10 speeds were the trend. My grand mother bought it new but didn’t used it much. In the 90’s, when my 24″ wheeled ATB bike got too small for me my grand mother gave it to me so I could get around and my bull nose bar Mountain Tour would be passed to my younger sister. I have to admit, as a 11 years old, I was less than thrilled about giving away my mountain bike to get an old clunk that couldn’t do trail riding with those skinny tires. Being already 5’8″ or so at the time, the 24″ wheels made the Mountain Tour was way to small for me. A bigger bike was in order. Perhaps one with 27″ wheels would do. I admit it I was not the kind of kid to love changes and I must have thrown the fit of the century about it. My poor parents! But eventually I grew attached to this bike. Red was not my favorite color (blue was) but there was a notion of speed the drop bars were giving me that couldn’t be experienced with the bull nose ones. I often played race in the neighborhood streets. There wasn’t many opponents besides my shadow but I still enjoyed the feeling this 10 speeds clunker bike gave me. This lasted until I got pulled over by a cop. He escorted me to my home where my grand mother was sitting my sisters and I during the summer break. He went to talk to her. I was petrified. My grand mother was less than proud. I’ve never raced that bike again.

Another good side of riding this clunker was that no one wanted it. The craze of the ATB or no suspension mountain bikes left those old 10 speeds to slowly die in peoples garages or even forgotten behind peoples sheds under the elements. One day I went to school and I to stay late for some sport practice. When I left I noticed that my bike was the only one in all the bike racks. As I approached it I noticed that  had not locked it. Yet it had not moved from the spot I had left it in. Those step through 10 speeds were definitely not desirable. This gave me a sense of security because you could hear about a stolen bike from those racks on a regular basis. I was also proud to have something I like that no one else liked because like me this bike was different and a left over in a way. My bike understood me!

Many years after I kept getting new to me bicycles but I never forgot about the Tour du Quebec. I kept begging my mother to keep this bike until it could make its way to me. This fall I was able make it happen. It got cleaned and then packaged in a box with other of my belongings. Then made it to my father’s house and last week was shipped. It arrived today and is now sitting in my car at my house. I had to take it out of its box to bring it home. when I opened the box it felt like a time capsule. My mind filled with many memories. I was rediscovering it once again. I’m real happy to have this piece of my bicycle love history join my cycles family.

In the following pictures there’s my mother’s 10 speeds (blue) and my older 10 speeds (red). Both my father and my mother purchased a Tour du Quebec at the same time. They were identical except for the size. They were more recent than my red one. My mother’s bike received a complete tune up, a new saddle and new bar tape at my last visit. She’s happy to be able to ride it again.

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Aurora Borealis

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I live in an area where we are lucky to be able to see Northern Lights. Every year in the fall we can admire them dancing and flashing all their colors. It’s quite something do see. They fascinate me. We were blessed with a light show on September 30th. My boyfriend called me and urged me to get out to see the show. I  grabbed my camera and I was able to capture a few great pictures. There two I would like to share.

The green shape

This one makes me think of a Phoenix or a witch face. I like that you can see the stars too. The night was beautiful and clear of clouds leaving the whole sky for the Northern lights to dance.

Above the cars

The previous picture was taken very close to my house then the lights started to move north where my upper pasture is located. I ran as fast as I could camera and tripod on hand. The lights were like a flying ribbon above the old cars row. The neighbor’s farm light reflecting on the side of them. I really like that picture.

This year it was mainly green. I hope to be able to witness another one with more colors before 2013. It’s something fascinating to see.

Flowers

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I live with an amazing man. He surprised me with flowers the other day. He doesn’t do it all the time but a few times a year. He’s thoughtful and I appreciate it. Here are the little wonders he brought me me. They are slowly starting to bloom. Very pretty!

Mini Tulips

Banana Bread

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There’s one recipe I’m making every week to put in lunches and that is always in demand. Banana bread is a star in my house. While I was making a batch of it I thought to share it. Super easy recipe that anyone can do.

If you are like me and like to have ripe bananas on hand when ready. Nothing easier. I let multiple hands of bananas ripen on the counter top. When they are ready I separate them by 3 and mash them. Then I store them in a ziploc bag and off to the freezer until I need them. When it’s time to use a bag I defrost it in the fridge or in the microwave. Easy!

Ingredients:
– 3 mashed ripe bananas
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
– 1/2 cup of sugar
– 1/2 plain fat free yogourt
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups of whole wheat flour
– 1 tea spoon of baking soda
– 2 tea spoon of baking powder

In a large bowl beat the oil and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Mix in the mashed bananas.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix half of the flour mixture to the banana mix and blend well. Mix in half of the yogourt and mix well. Add the remain of the flour mix, blending it well. Then add the remain of the yogourt to the mix making sure all the mixture is uniform.
Pour the bather in a bread pan or 8.5″x4.5″x2.5″ mold coated with non adhesive cooking spray.
Bake at 350F on the middle grill for 60 minutes or until a toothpick get out clean.

Voila!

Alternatives:
I sometimes add yummy things in my bread. You can add 1/2 cup of coconut or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. You can mix in 1 tea spoon of vanilla. Or another I’ve done is melting 2 semi-sweet chocolate squares and adding them to the mixture. You can also sprinkle the top with icing sugar or put 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

 

Quotation

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 “I have to honestly say that most of the stuff the tabloids write has a little grain of truth. They’ve told a lot of stuff about me that’s true. They’ve told a lot of stuff about me that ain’t true. And I don’t admit or deny any of it, because what I ain’t done, I’m capable of doing.”
Dolly Parton

Let’s get started!

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Here we go, I got sucked in the bloggers world. I think Nicole from Scrap Me Baby (scrapmebaby.wordpress.com) made the last push. I’m still unsure of how this is going to turn out but let’s give it a try! What to talk about? Hmmm, let see. I’ve got an idea. What about bicycles? Yeah I know that’s all I have to talk about. I spend too much time with them.

Let’s see what’s new. Well , my latest addition was a Werlich tricycle from the 50’s. They were made from the early 1900’s until the late 50’s-early 60’s when the factory burnt down. They were a Canadian product from Preston Ontario. I’m proud to own yet another piece of the Canadian history!

This little guy feature a nice orange marking spray paint color (not original of course!) and a well used patina which I love. The front wheel is 16″ so its quite the big toy. I found the guy on kijiji for a good deal. It’s a nice addition and it looks real good in my living room. Done the hard days of labor. I might give it another coat of red paint (it’s original) and white too without fixing the rest of just to give it back a little bit of freshness. We’ll see.

Speaking of tricycles, why not bring up the 2 other ones I have in my collection? They need their moment of fame too.

One is a unknown origin not marked little guy. The paint is in good condition and the pinstrips are almost all intact. I believe this guy to be from the 80’s. Well used like most of these toys. One of the back wheels is busted but it still rolls. Cute little fellow.

Did I mentioned I found it in the garbage? Poor little thing.

The last one and more recent one. A Super Cycle tricycle that looks older than it is. I think it’s a late 90’s or early 2000’s. Hard to tell. They are so cheaply made nowadays. I’m glad it’s not made of plastic. I like the rust spots on it and its full wheels. It’s the itty bitty of the trio. I guess I should gather them together for a family portrait.  I found this guy in the garbage too. Ready to be sent for metal processing. 😦

Well i think that will be it for today. I have so much more things to show. My life is definitely not boring and filled up with passionate adventures and finds. See you soon!