Friday, February 11

Not if but when



When I passed my test everybody told me driving was synonymous with freedom. I could see the truth in that but I really wasn't feeling it. The day after fetching my brand new license I moved to England. Cambridge to be exact, a city with so many one way streets you can cross it quicker peddling leisurely on your pushbike than driving. And that 's just what I've been doing for the past ten years. Rain or shine :)





Just recently though, as I pile my groceries into my bike basket or when I am balancing my tripod on top of the very same I've been finding myself wishing for three pedals rather than two. Clutch, break and gas.

  
The Fenlands seen through a smudgy train window. Dreary for sure but I love those wide open skies.

Last weekend the other half and I bought our very first car. It was a friend's before and another friend's before that. So it feels a little like those wheels have been part of our extended family for a while already.

We took a four hour train journey out, spent a great weekend with the car's previous owner and returned on the motorway in just two.

The freedom thing? I finally get it now.
We're not even that far from the seaside you know :)

Warbonnet: Borrowed for photo
Cardi: Charity shop
Dress: modcloth
Beret: eBay
Crochet blouse: vintage (clevernettle)
Skirt: H&M years ago

75 comments:

  1. I love Cambridge so much.To me, the most beautiful town in England. I lived in Peterborough for 10 years, and my husband´s sister lives in Cambridge, so I know the area quite well.
    About the car, we walk everywhere and only get the car out to go to another town.
    But the truth is that it gives you a sence of freedom to come an go as you pleased.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  2. Hello Stef, you are already on "LOOK 10", if you are interested, please check and do some comment.

    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/diversions-accessorize-clarks.html

    You can also ask to be removed from LOOK 10.
    Pick your prize, " AWARD", if you want. It’s for your blog.

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    Greetings.
    Vicen.

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  3. I only got my drivers licence just over 2 years ago after years of fighting the expectant right of passage all Australians are supposed to experience. But now I absolutely love it! I love driving, unlike Mr Ed who got his licence 6 months after me and hates it ^U^ Have fun on the open road discovering far off places ^U^

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  4. Yay! Congratulations! I actually just got my licence a couple of weeks ago (I haven't posted about it becuase I have been too excited to put it in words), so I totally feel you on the freedom thing. Before now I have had a 90min commute with buses and trains and buses and ick!
    I didn't realise you were in Cambridge! My sister lived there for a few years while doing her doctorate - gorgeous place. She rode everywhere too and got quitee good at the grocery balancing act!

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  5. Emily, Resplendent TranquilityFebruary 11, 2011

    Having a car can be so liberating, exhilarating... you name it! Enjoy driving it around and going on little adventures :)

    Lovely blouse, by the way.

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  6. Hi, I have dedicated a post to your site in my vintage collection:
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-collection-page-15.html
    AND
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2010/02/vintage-collection-database.html
    Hope you like.
    Greetings

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  7. I've been following your blog for a while and had no idea you lived in Cambridge - I'm just down the road in Peterborough and worked in Cambridge for years! It's nice to see someone else appreciates the big skies we have :)
    Have you been to the vintage fair they have at the Guildhall? I can't wait for the one next month!

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  8. I often wish I lived in Europe. It's so much easier to get about without a car - which would be a great luxury for a license-less teenager. I have to stick to going about by foot - which is no easy feat here in the good ol' US of A. >.<

    Anyway you have a cute outfit and I like your cardi. <3

    ~ Katie
    http://www.beautifully-pure.com

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  9. No point in driving in Cambridge that's for sure!

    But your train station outfit is much too classy for a car - the photo on the platform is so lovely yet melancholy!

    Have a great weekend - only a few hours left now xx

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  10. Yay for the new car! I'll admit I hate driving and so wish I lived in Europe where I could take trains all day. Here in Canada if you can't drive, you can't get anywhere. There are no trains to hop on. So nearly everyone has their license by 16. I was driving trucks and tractors through the fields at 13! They are pretty freeing though.

    Shy

    Love the headdress too!

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  11. yay for trips to the seaside!! you look absolutely darling, like an easter egg :)

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  12. I hadn't cottoned on it is on next month! I went to the last one and rather enjoyed it :)

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  13. I. WANT. A. FEATHER. HEADRESS. WAR. BONNET. O.M.G. Great pics.

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  14. Oh such beautiful scenery! I love that photo of you at the train station, so perfect! I love your blouse, the pink detail on it is so lovely! I wish I lived in a place where I could ride my bike everywhere, I actually hate driving, it terrifies me!

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  15. Thanks :)
    I am a little apprehensive about it too to be honest but the benefits outweigh the doubts. Mind you, I did dream our car was a were-car the other night. It drove off on its own and came back with a garish yellow paint job and go faster stripes...

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hehe, Peterborough's so bad for shopping (although the most amazing 40s shop has just opened in a nearby village) that they're all written in my diary!

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  17. that first picture is epic. the end.

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  18. Ohh I love this outfit! The skirt and blouse look wonderful together :D
    Gorgeous photos of the fenlands too! And congratulations on the "new" car!
    M xo

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  19. Does this mean we'll get to see pictures of you by the seaside soon?

    ReplyDelete
  20. I feel that it is much faster just to catch a bus in and walk when I am going into the City, but otherwise having a car is just a little luxury that makes things easier!

    I liked your post on taking outfit photos, very useful!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Well happy Freedom to you!! Driving is annoying but fun at times. I like going on long drives, but only if I'm not the one driving haha.

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  22. FanTAStic story about your new car and the photos are dramatic to boot :) Felt like I was watching a still blog film. You know what I mean. And BONUS POINTS for biking with your tripod! Can't believe you ever did that - you're officially my heroine.

    ReplyDelete
  23. To me- driving is about having the option, even if I don't drive every day knowing that I can get in my car and drive to see family or go on a trip, is a great feeling!

    ReplyDelete
  24. ah that headdress is dreamy! I totally know what you mean about cars and freedom, its just nice knowing that you CAN get away if you wanted to

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love Cambridge so much.To me, the most beautiful town in England. I lived in Peterborough for 10 years, and my husband´s sister lives in Cambridge, so I know the area quite well.
    About the car, we walk everywhere and only get the car out to go to another town.
    But the truth is that it gives you a sence of freedom to come an go as you pleased.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
  26. I only got my drivers licence just over 2 years ago after years of fighting the expectant right of passage all Australians are supposed to experience. But now I absolutely love it! I love driving, unlike Mr Ed who got his licence 6 months after me and hates it ^U^ Have fun on the open road discovering far off places ^U^

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hello Stef, you are already on "LOOK 10", if you are interested, please check and do some comment.

    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/diversions-accessorize-clarks.html

    You can also ask to be removed from LOOK 10.
    Pick your prize, " AWARD", if you want. It’s for your blog.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_YJkdNi7eyns/TVUBDbgZ7zI/AAAAAAAAUf8/M31h1fnSiGA/1190_award.gif

    Greetings.
    Vicen.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Yay! Congratulations! I actually just got my licence a couple of weeks ago (I haven't posted about it becuase I have been too excited to put it in words), so I totally feel you on the freedom thing. Before now I have had a 90min commute with buses and trains and buses and ick!
    I didn't realise you were in Cambridge! My sister lived there for a few years while doing her doctorate - gorgeous place. She rode everywhere too and got quitee good at the grocery balancing act!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Emily, Resplendent TranquilityMarch 18, 2011

    Having a car can be so liberating, exhilarating... you name it! Enjoy driving it around and going on little adventures :)

    Lovely blouse, by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi, I have dedicated a post to your site in my vintage collection:
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-collection-page-15.html
    AND
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2010/02/vintage-collection-database.html
    Hope you like.
    Greetings

    ReplyDelete
  31. I've been following your blog for a while and had no idea you lived in Cambridge - I'm just down the road in Peterborough and worked in Cambridge for years! It's nice to see someone else appreciates the big skies we have :)
    Have you been to the vintage fair they have at the Guildhall? I can't wait for the one next month!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I hadn't cottoned on it is on next month! I went to the last one and rather enjoyed it :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. I often wish I lived in Europe. It's so much easier to get about without a car - which would be a great luxury for a license-less teenager. I have to stick to going about by foot - which is no easy feat here in the good ol' US of A. >.<

    Anyway you have a cute outfit and I like your cardi. <3

    ~ Katie
    http://www.beautifully-pure.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. No point in driving in Cambridge that's for sure!

    But your train station outfit is much too classy for a car - the photo on the platform is so lovely yet melancholy!

    Have a great weekend - only a few hours left now xx

    ReplyDelete
  35. Yay for the new car! I'll admit I hate driving and so wish I lived in Europe where I could take trains all day. Here in Canada if you can't drive, you can't get anywhere. There are no trains to hop on. So nearly everyone has their license by 16. I was driving trucks and tractors through the fields at 13! They are pretty freeing though.

    Shy

    Love the headdress too!

    ReplyDelete
  36. yay for trips to the seaside!! you look absolutely darling, like an easter egg :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I. WANT. A. FEATHER. HEADRESS. WAR. BONNET. O.M.G. Great pics.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh such beautiful scenery! I love that photo of you at the train station, so perfect! I love your blouse, the pink detail on it is so lovely! I wish I lived in a place where I could ride my bike everywhere, I actually hate driving, it terrifies me!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thanks :)
    I am a little apprehensive about it too to be honest but the benefits outweigh the doubts. Mind you, I did dream our car was a were-car the other night. It drove off on its own and came back with a garish yellow paint job and go faster stripes...

    ReplyDelete
  40. that first picture is epic. the end.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hehe, Peterborough's so bad for shopping (although the most amazing 40s shop has just opened in a nearby village) that they're all written in my diary!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Ohh I love this outfit! The skirt and blouse look wonderful together :D
    Gorgeous photos of the fenlands too! And congratulations on the "new" car!
    M xo

    ReplyDelete
  43. Does this mean we'll get to see pictures of you by the seaside soon?

    ReplyDelete
  44. I feel that it is much faster just to catch a bus in and walk when I am going into the City, but otherwise having a car is just a little luxury that makes things easier!

    I liked your post on taking outfit photos, very useful!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Well happy Freedom to you!! Driving is annoying but fun at times. I like going on long drives, but only if I'm not the one driving haha.

    ReplyDelete
  46. FanTAStic story about your new car and the photos are dramatic to boot :) Felt like I was watching a still blog film. You know what I mean. And BONUS POINTS for biking with your tripod! Can't believe you ever did that - you're officially my heroine.

    ReplyDelete
  47. To me- driving is about having the option, even if I don't drive every day knowing that I can get in my car and drive to see family or go on a trip, is a great feeling!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Orchid GreyMarch 18, 2011

    ah that headdress is dreamy! I totally know what you mean about cars and freedom, its just nice knowing that you CAN get away if you wanted to

    ReplyDelete
  49. I love Cambridge so much.To me, the most beautiful town in England. I lived in Peterborough for 10 years, and my husband´s sister lives in Cambridge, so I know the area quite well.
    About the car, we walk everywhere and only get the car out to go to another town.
    But the truth is that it gives you a sence of freedom to come an go as you pleased.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
  50. I only got my drivers licence just over 2 years ago after years of fighting the expectant right of passage all Australians are supposed to experience. But now I absolutely love it! I love driving, unlike Mr Ed who got his licence 6 months after me and hates it ^U^ Have fun on the open road discovering far off places ^U^

    ReplyDelete
  51. Yay! Congratulations! I actually just got my licence a couple of weeks ago (I haven't posted about it becuase I have been too excited to put it in words), so I totally feel you on the freedom thing. Before now I have had a 90min commute with buses and trains and buses and ick!
    I didn't realise you were in Cambridge! My sister lived there for a few years while doing her doctorate - gorgeous place. She rode everywhere too and got quitee good at the grocery balancing act!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hello Stef, you are already on "LOOK 10", if you are interested, please check and do some comment.

    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/diversions-accessorize-clarks.html

    You can also ask to be removed from LOOK 10.
    Pick your prize, " AWARD", if you want. It’s for your blog.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_YJkdNi7eyns/TVUBDbgZ7zI/AAAAAAAAUf8/M31h1fnSiGA/1190_award.gif

    Greetings.
    Vicen.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Emily, Resplendent TranquilityAugust 24, 2011

    Having a car can be so liberating, exhilarating... you name it! Enjoy driving it around and going on little adventures :)

    Lovely blouse, by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi, I have dedicated a post to your site in my vintage collection:
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-collection-page-15.html
    AND
    http://look10.blogspot.com/2010/02/vintage-collection-database.html
    Hope you like.
    Greetings

    ReplyDelete
  55. I've been following your blog for a while and had no idea you lived in Cambridge - I'm just down the road in Peterborough and worked in Cambridge for years! It's nice to see someone else appreciates the big skies we have :)
    Have you been to the vintage fair they have at the Guildhall? I can't wait for the one next month!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I often wish I lived in Europe. It's so much easier to get about without a car - which would be a great luxury for a license-less teenager. I have to stick to going about by foot - which is no easy feat here in the good ol' US of A. >.<

    Anyway you have a cute outfit and I like your cardi. <3

    ~ Katie
    http://www.beautifully-pure.com

    ReplyDelete
  57. No point in driving in Cambridge that's for sure!

    But your train station outfit is much too classy for a car - the photo on the platform is so lovely yet melancholy!

    Have a great weekend - only a few hours left now xx

    ReplyDelete
  58. Yay for the new car! I'll admit I hate driving and so wish I lived in Europe where I could take trains all day. Here in Canada if you can't drive, you can't get anywhere. There are no trains to hop on. So nearly everyone has their license by 16. I was driving trucks and tractors through the fields at 13! They are pretty freeing though.

    Shy

    Love the headdress too!

    ReplyDelete
  59. yay for trips to the seaside!! you look absolutely darling, like an easter egg :)

    ReplyDelete
  60. I hadn't cottoned on it is on next month! I went to the last one and rather enjoyed it :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. I. WANT. A. FEATHER. HEADRESS. WAR. BONNET. O.M.G. Great pics.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Oh such beautiful scenery! I love that photo of you at the train station, so perfect! I love your blouse, the pink detail on it is so lovely! I wish I lived in a place where I could ride my bike everywhere, I actually hate driving, it terrifies me!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Thanks :)
    I am a little apprehensive about it too to be honest but the benefits outweigh the doubts. Mind you, I did dream our car was a were-car the other night. It drove off on its own and came back with a garish yellow paint job and go faster stripes...

    ReplyDelete
  64. Hehe, Peterborough's so bad for shopping (although the most amazing 40s shop has just opened in a nearby village) that they're all written in my diary!

    ReplyDelete
  65. that first picture is epic. the end.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Ohh I love this outfit! The skirt and blouse look wonderful together :D
    Gorgeous photos of the fenlands too! And congratulations on the "new" car!
    M xo

    ReplyDelete
  67. Does this mean we'll get to see pictures of you by the seaside soon?

    ReplyDelete
  68. I feel that it is much faster just to catch a bus in and walk when I am going into the City, but otherwise having a car is just a little luxury that makes things easier!

    I liked your post on taking outfit photos, very useful!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Well happy Freedom to you!! Driving is annoying but fun at times. I like going on long drives, but only if I'm not the one driving haha.

    ReplyDelete
  70. FanTAStic story about your new car and the photos are dramatic to boot :) Felt like I was watching a still blog film. You know what I mean. And BONUS POINTS for biking with your tripod! Can't believe you ever did that - you're officially my heroine.

    ReplyDelete
  71. To me- driving is about having the option, even if I don't drive every day knowing that I can get in my car and drive to see family or go on a trip, is a great feeling!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Orchid GreyAugust 24, 2011

    ah that headdress is dreamy! I totally know what you mean about cars and freedom, its just nice knowing that you CAN get away if you wanted to

    ReplyDelete