Bike Rides and Bacon Butties

vintage cross stitch white blouseHasn’t the spate of warm dry weather been rather lovely? It’s stopped me from browsing all the A/W clothes that have hit the shops and I haven’t even looked at a pair of tights since May – proof if proof were needed that summer is still clinging on, in Bristol at least.

One of my favourite weekend pastimes when the weather is good is to cycle along the Bristol to Bath cycle path with Mr Ship-Shape. One day I’ll make it all the way there and back (a round trip of about 34 miles) but for this trip we settled on cycling out to Warmley, where an old station platform has been transformed into a small cafe serving tea, cake and bacon butties. It’s a brilliant and incredibly popular rest stop, especially now that a garden has opened out the back, which includes a public loo disguised as Doctor Who’s tardis…

This blouse is vintage, a new purchase that I found in RePsycho on Gloucester Road. It’s made of white cheesecloth and is covered in a cross stitched pattern of red, green and pale blue lines. It was only £10, and while it was probably owned by a hippy from Stroud, I like to think it could have been worn in 60s San Francisco during the Summer of Love.

As a side note, I’ve started using Photoshop to edit my photos and have been playing around with Actions in my last few posts. I’m wondering if a) you’ve noticed (which could be for good or bad reasons) and b) if there are any free actions you use/have used that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Embroidered cheesecloth blouse – RePsycho / Indigo shorts – clothes swap / White plimsoles – c/o Toast / Sunglasses – Primark (old)

Ebroidered cheescloth vintage blouseRelaxing in the sun at WarmleyPurple flower beds at WarmleyWhite embroidered blouse and denim shortsCake and bike helmetsBumble bee having a tasteLife is good cycle signA summer cycling outfitBikes at Warmley rest stop

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4 Comment

  1. Tara O says: Reply

    SJ, I absolutely loooove this top! I have a slightly more plain version which I really like but this one is super special.

  2. That sounds like such a nice thing to do. I do love a bike ride (and a bacon buttie). P.S. It’s definitely been feeling autumnal up north!

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  4. […] but I love the Bristol to Bath bike path, where many summer weekend afternoons have been spent cycling and eating cake. Although rides have been 10, 15, even 20 miles long, I’d never managed to make it to Bath […]

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