Two Bikes Eaten By a Tree

If you’ve been following the blog since October 2011, you might have seen the original post of Bicycle Heaven with the four fiberglass Bowden Spacelander bicycles. 

Today after a district in-service meeting at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a few of us dropped over to see Craig Morrow and his amazing Bicycle Heaven.  We got to see the latest addition.

Two bicycles in a tree were found in a farmer’s field that was being cleared.

The tree enveloped the bikes as it grew.

Found near Alliance, Ohio.  Posted on Craigslist. And then someone gave Craig a call about the Bike Tree and thought he might be interested in adding it to the Bicycle Museum’s collection.

When they cut the grass and underbrush, they found this…..  a 1930’s bicycle and a 1960’s bicycle, enmeshed in the tree’s growth.

Bike Tree

Thanks Marty, fellow art teacher, for moving the sign so I could get a good shot.

bicycle spokes and bark

It is something to see

Bike Tree

You’ve got to see it to believe it

Two bikes in a tree

The power and force of nature 

Freak of Nature

Here’s  the sign that Marty moved for me.


The Bike Tree

Craig MorrowCraig Morrow Owner of Bicycle Heaven – Curator of Bicycle Museum-

A welcoming host and knowledgeable guide for all things bicycle.

Bicycles Bicycles Bicycles Bicycles

banana bicycle seats Banana seats

bicycle tires

Bicycle tires for every bike

BicyclesRepetition and rhythm

mannequin

Not sure what this mannequin’s role is at Bicycle Heaven but she’s interesting

Wanted Antique BicyclesGive Craig Morrow a call.  Make a trip to Pittsburgh to see Bicycle Heaven in person.

If you need bicycle parts, he’ll mail order

bicycle parts ready to mail

Bicycle parts awaiting shipping.   

You can rent the place for an event, too.

 

Here is a link Blog follower Jack sent to me later today about another old rusting bike, enveloped by a tree

Tattooed Mannequin – Back in the ‘Burgh

Summer vacation’s a wonderful break from the school year.

Have to report back to school two weeks from tomorrow 8-20.

It’s difficult to see summer come to a close.  Even the weather seems tinged with fall.

Trying to keep the blog in “real time” and needed a Pittsburgh photo to post tonight.  I shot this when Steve and I went on the Ducky Tour.

The Pirates are playing the Marlins at PNC Park tomorrow night. And tickets are in hot demand these days!  GO BUCS!

This  mannequin sports PIRATES ink.  I’d never seen a tattooed mannequin before this one.   Shot through the store window at Station Square.

Tattooed Mannequin

 

 

 

 

close up tattoo mannequin

 

 

 

 

We Are Family

 

The Family Jewels in NYC

New York City- Tuesday August 21st. School starts for me in Pittsburgh on Friday so this is the LAST of the summer vacation.

My sister and I were shopping for a corded landline.  Good luck with that!  You think you have something in mind but your choices are dictated by what is produced AND what is in stock.  But that ‘s another whole story.

As we walked by this Vintage Clothing and Accessories store on West 23rd Street, The Family Jewels, we saw a young woman working on getting the padlock out of the security gate. We chatted for a minute and said we’d be back.  The vintage tablecloths caught our eye.

Meet Liz.  She graciously consented to be photographed.  She patiently explained the different ways they procure the vintage items.  And you know how I like to ask people how they get started with their collections.  She has a collection of poodle items that were gifts from friends who know she likes poodles.   She had a poodle and that’s how it all started. See her tattoo and necklace! She had the most beautiful green eyes, too. Thanks, Liz!

 

Mannequin Feet Require Upsize Shoes

We popped in to the local Old Navy store so my DIL could return something. My DIL’s mother Marlene was the spotter for this shot for the blog today. Thanks to Tim who didn’t mind that I snagged his putting the shoes onto the uncooperative mannequin. He is the one who told me you need larger shoes for the feet.

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Two Mannequins, Two Men

Walking along Carson Street on the South Side, a slight movement caught my eye.  I stopped. The man on the phone looked up.

I “asked” if I could take a picture with mime-like camera, he gave a nod yes, went back to his phone as I fumbled in my bag for my real camera, not my iPhone.  Had the settings wrong, took another one quick.  Got his attention and acted like I was typing, conveying I would email it as I hurried back to my car across the street.  I was thinking about the cookie jars in the second hand store across from the post office but I felt this was the shot of the day!

Southside Shop Window Like a Live Stage

Samantha at Cafe Sam’s Bar

You look twice. Cause you see her kind of hunched over at the bar  I asked the hostess if it would be okay for me to photograph her.  She said, “Sure!”    Tonight we had dinner at Cafe Sam on Baum Boulevard.   It’s  a big old house.  There were 9 of us, former and one current Greenfield teacher. They come around with samples on a tray, pickled deviled egg with the whites soaked in beet juice, strawberry daiquiri in a tiny cup. And when they bring out your check there is a freshly baked cookie on top!

Mannequin at the bar so it is never empty
The mannequin makes you look twice!