Went to a bicycle swap meet this Saturday - never been to one before.
|I'll swap you this for that Monsieur|
Tony Birkett migrated from England in 1958 and loves a chat. We sat together for some time while we exchanged stories. I moved on later to be tapped on the shoulder by another old friend, well not so old, my age really. OK then, we are both in advancing years but the friend, I'll call him Graham (that's his name) was well in the know with these strange collector type people and so he introduced me to several people that might help me with my new bicycle restoration project. Its a pre-war stayer or motor pace bike, very big in Germany and Belgium and generally most of Europe I guess. It was popular here in Australia in the 30/40s.
The swap meet was held in Richmond at a bike shop under the Richmond railway station. The station is located on the intersection of Swan and Hoddle streets. I'm not sure where the Swan name came from but Hoddle Street is named after William Hoddle. He was responsible for the original open grid of Melbourne.
|Richmond railway in the 1800s before the crossover bridge|
|And later the bridge was built to ease congestion (early 1900s) yet in 2011 it is a bottleneck.|
|In recent times the railway station embankment has been used by street artists.|
|A Malvern Star very much like the one Bob bought.|
Steve and Karen were tying the knot and we were invited to join them for this joyous occasion. Karen and I had been training partners for when we were preparing for the World Masters Track Championships in 2007 and 2008. She was successful in standing on the podium with a silver medal and Steve was a great support, not only to Karen but to all of us. The wedding was on their country property at Nyora and the weather was a perfect autumn afternoon.
|The butterfly kept Karen company throughout the ceremony, even thru the ring exchange and to the walk to the car awaiting the drive for photos.|