What a day it was! Perfect weather, lovely route, delicious nosh, wonderful folk to share it with. Another incredibly well organized Tweed Ride for a great cause. Thanks to the organizers, the sponsors and all who participated. Also a special thanks to Tula Teas who provided the delicious beverages and Maggie French for her passion for tweed.
Our gracious hosts for the day, Simon and Libby. We can’t thank them enough!
GJ and Jim ham it up for the camera.
Here I am with GJ at the start of the ride. Thanks to The Empress Hotel for letting us gather on their lovely lawn.
This well kitted classic bicycle pulls a secret delight: The large basket trailer holds a sound system which gave us lovely tweedy tunes!
All the gents pose for a photo on the steps of the Empress Hotel.
A quick stop at The Fairfield Market on Oscar Street who provided the riders with some delicious scones. Our bicycles were judged for superbness by Fairfield Bicycle Shop, and we had a bit of time for a quick look around the Moss Street Market and the Vintage Fair.
Our mid-ride break included delicious tea from Tula Teas and cucumber sandwiches from Red Fish Blue Fish.
Milling about on the lawn at Craigdarroch Castle Historical House Museum.
There were a couple little pooch riders as well. This little darling had a great view from a basket on the front of his human’s bicycle.
Tweedy accouterment for the day: my Maggie French bobby pins and tweed bow which I attached to my vintage Willoughby hat, and a brooch I made from the scraps of hemming my riding shorts.
The oh-so-sweet sounds of La Vie En Rouge; our post-ride entertainment at the Bard and Banker Pub on Government Street.
The gifts we received from friends upon our arrival at the ride – a beautiful felted lily and some home-made mustache wax – thanks Marion and Riley!
GJ won Best Socks for his Virgin of Guadeloupe socks we bought in the Haight district of San Francisco last autumn.