Tillie & Coco

two ladies, two bicycles, two hemispheres

Category: Pregnant

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie,

it’s only 25 days until I’m due to give birth to the wriggling baby in this huge belly of mine. As a result I’ve been spending a lot of time with my feet up in front of the fan rather than out and about on my bike. That’s not to say I haven’t been thinking about riding, in fact many people have been asking me if I’m going to take the baby on the bike (of course!) and I’ve been perusing online bike stores, blogs and videos to get my cycling fix. That’s how I came across this little video. I like the idea- life is simple. That’s what makes cycling so beautiful, you push the pedals and away you go. It’s the simple pleasures in life that really are the best and if we slow down and really appreciate the little things we can be so much happier than when we fill our lives with unnecessary junk. Anyway enough from me. I should just let the video speak for itself!

Love Coco xx

To market, to market!

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie,

I received some good news late this morning and decided to celebrate by surrendering to my cravings and heading to the fish markets for lunch. The ride down was surprisingly busy with traffic, I’m not sure why considering the time of day, but I took advantage of the empty park footpath when things got a little too hairy. (Isn’t it sad that our beautiful parks are empty in Spring school holidays yet the roads are full?)

My fish and chips were lovely and I enjoyed them despite the disapproving stares of other women (the constant intrusive opinions of others when you’re pregnant never ceases to amaze me, don’t worry I know which fish I can and can’t eat while pregnant!). The weather was quite warm today and the clouds and sun toyed with each other all morning. As soon as I finished lunch the sun won out making for a very pleasant ride to the Post Office and home again.

I thought I give you a photo update on the belly situation. It’s really out there now! I’m 31 weeks pregnant and though I still love riding I am definitely slowing down. Having said that I’m a hell of a lot faster on the bike than when I waddle anywhere!

Being Spring I should probably give the poor old bike a spring clean. Those flowers are looking a bit sad.

Love Coco xx

Sydney Rides

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie,

Spring has sprung in Sydney and despite beautiful scenes such as this

I am spending most of my spare time here

In fact I’m lying in bed right now as I blog. Of course I have an excuse (see huge belly filled with wriggly baby) but I do feel rather naughty about the lack of exercise. Thankfully my commute by bike alleviates a lot of the guilt and this month I have even more riding to look forward to.

The City of Sydney is putting on the Sydney Rides Festival from the 8-16 October. The festival aims to celebrate the ‘bike riding renaissance’ with events, films, and art. They even put out this nifty program (and yes I took these photos while in bed)

There are so many great things happening I can’t cover them all in one post but I promise to bring you more details soon!

Love Coco xx

Bumpy Rides

by tillieandcoco

Dear Tillie,

My trips around Sydney are becoming more bumpy but it’s not due to the notoriously potholed roads, rather my own baby bump!

Baby belly along for the ride

It’s quite nice looking down and seeing my little passenger along for the ride. I can’t wait to meet him or her. Baby likes going for rides but not when I hit potholes, I usually get a swift kick in the guts if I’m unfortunate enough to roll into one. The photo above was taken on an unseasonably warm and sunny day last week and I jumped at the opportunity to throw on a sundress and ride to my ultrasound appointment. Disappointingly there is no bike parking at the hospital and the fence outside was already chockers with locked up bikes so I had to backtrack two blocks before I found a free pole on which to lock up my poor bike! Annoying but lovely to see bike culture is well and truly alive in the Inner West. Also while I was flipping through the magazines in the waiting room I spied this little gem. Great to see cycling getting some mainstream press that has nothing to do with cycleway or helmet debates!

Now I haven’t done much posting lately but it’s really not because I haven’t been doing anything, in fact I’ve been rather busy. I went along on the recent Sydney Cycle Chic ride in Surry Hills. We had a lovely lunch at Deus Cycleworks on Bourke Street, then rode down the fabulous separated cycleway to Mike Rubbo’s exhibition ‘Nothing but bikes’ at Tap Gallery. Mike has a great blog called Situp-cycle and is a vocal advocate of utility riding. The bikes took over the street outside the Gallery. (I think they need more bike parking in Sydney! Smart business should contact the council to install bike parking outside their front door. I know I regularly shop at certain stores and visit certain cafés because I know there is easy, safe and secure bike parking nearby.) There is a lovely video of the day by Paul Martin here.

Deus Cycleworks café full of bike loving folk

Bike art at Tap Gallery

 

Gallery visitors came largely by bike

It's not often you see one of these on the streets of Sydney!

I also attended an event for Australian Engineering Week titled ‘City Cycleways- Commuter Pain or Gain’ run by Engineers Australia. It consisted of a panel of four: Omar Khalifa from Bicycle NSW, Michael Veysey from the Roads and Traffic Authority, Fiona Campbell – delegate from the Lord Mayor’s Office and was meant to include representatives from the NRMA (car advocates) but they chickened out at the last minute and were replaced by a lovely cycling engineer who’s name I cannot remember. The talk focused on the urban transport issues with city congestion and health the focus, two areas where cycling can contribute a great benefit. It was, on the whole, a very positive forum. Proof that engineers are indeed a smart bunch!

Well that’s it for the moment Tillie. I shall write again soon!

Love Coco xx

Back on the Bike

by tillieandcoco

Dear Tillie,

did you miss me? I’ve been MIA for a while now, I know. Sorry! Well the secret is out- I’m pregnant!

The past few months have been spent sleeping, eating, and vomiting. Add to that a flat rear tyre and there was not much cycling going on! Now that I’m in my forth month the morning sickness has passed and I finally had enough energy to walk my bike over a couple of suburbs to get the rear tyre fixed I’m back on the bike! Yay!

In celebration of my return to the bicycle I bring you this amazing YouTube video (also available on iTunes!):

Le Velo!

Love Coco xx