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Festive Remains

 

Some decorations can last all winter, right?!

(But I have to take the Christmas tree down in January, Astrid says!)

 

Somewhere in the Netherlands this past weekend.

 

Festive Remains

 

Some decorations can last all winter, right?!

(But I have to take the Christmas tree down in January, Astrid says!)

 

Somewhere in the Netherlands this past weekend.

 

comments (54)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2012, 01:14
Love the colors in this. I'd keep those decorations up as long as possible...if for no other reason other than the 'color'!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. This bike sits year 'round near the entrance to our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. I love how they add seasonal decorations like this. smile
  • Kala
  • 9 Jan 2012, 02:33
I LOVE this shot. The presentation, the tones, the colors!

Wishing you and Astrid much happiness in the new year!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, dear Kala. It's good to have you back. Happy New Year!
hehehe ... nice little lantern hanging from the bike ....
Ginnie Hart: I love that lantern, Dennis, hanging year-round on that bike near the entrance to our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. smile Thanks.

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  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jan 2012, 04:59
smile...now I have done it... grin. Normally I got rid of the tree after the 6,7,8,9 or 10th of January.... so maybe I agree on 2 more weeks.....
Somebody had fun decorating the bike, love it.
Love the colors and the composition.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, now you have done it! grin But I agree. The tree needs to come down before the end of January.

I love that they leave the lantern on this bike all year long and then add other goodies in the basket, appropriate for the season. Bedankt, MLMA.
Excellent shot, love the colors and the composition! Great work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Andrei.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2012, 07:11
This has a nice nostalgic feel, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elisabeth. It always catches my eye when we see it at our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. smile
A very nicely decorated bike!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Richard...one that sits there day after day just to show off. smile Merci.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Jan 2012, 07:18
Our Christmas tree is still standing in our living room - on your picture I especailly like the old lamp and the old bike that doesn't seem to be used -rather decoration -typically Dutch decoration?
Ginnie Hart: I'll let Astrid know your tree is still standing, too, Philine. smile And yes, this is a bike prop used for decoration at our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. You can never go wrong with a bike in the Netherlands, right? smile
I used to have a bike with the same design of rod brakes .... totally innificient. What a great use for a bye-gone bike
Ginnie Hart: Those bikes are good for something, Richard, if not for riding! smile Thanks.
Superb chroma and composition Ginnie. Goes well for 1914.
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Juan Carlos. I love how the old Dutch bikes become seasonal props. smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 9 Jan 2012, 07:59
Somehow I feel nostalgic for rusty chrome Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad. Holland is a good place for it. smile
The tree should be down by now! 12th night has been and gone.

I like the old bike...a proper one grin
Ginnie Hart: As you know by now, Bill, I like to break a lot of rules. grin My feeling is that it takes so long to put it up, so let it stay up for awhile. HA!

These old Dutch bikes are good for seasonal props! smile
this is a very composed shot. the lamp really stands out. and once you've seen it, so does the dynamo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. The lamp hangs on this bike year-round outside our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. I love it. smile
very good composition and very nice setting too
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Chantal.
Lovely poetic composition
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marie. Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jan 2012, 08:59
Our house always looks drab after the decorations come down Ginnie and it's so sad to see abandoned to see abandoned Christmas trees in the street in January. Your picture says much the same thing as I feel
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chris. Lucky for us, our tree goes back into our basement storage for next year and not out on the street. But Astrid could tell you fun stories about how as a kid she helped round up all the old Christmas trees and turnrd them into a bonfire in the middle of the street each year. grin
  • tede
  • France
  • 9 Jan 2012, 09:00
These are the new lights for the bikessmile) Superb composition. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: HA! New lights for old bikes. smile Thanks, Tede. Merci.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2012, 09:28
What a lovely picture, great colours, and that lamp ... smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. I love Dutch "trivia" like this. smile
just now noticed my original comment: i meant very *well* composed shot
Ginnie Hart: I know your English, Ayush, but thank you anyway. grin
Lovely picture, Ginnie.
As a child, we were always taught that the Christmas decorations and tree must be taken down or from the house on Twelfth Night, which is 6th January, which is Epiphany. Failure to do so was inviting bad luck.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Sheila. I think even here in the Netherlands people believe the same. Since I don't have a superstitious bone in me, I have never felt beholden to oblige. grin But I've decided I'll take everything down next week, when Astrid is on late shift. One more week of the beautiful tree. smile
The tones,the colors,very good Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Roland.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jan 2012, 11:27
I like the composition.

Our decorations are back in the boxes again.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Louis. I told Astrid tonight that I'll take everything down next week while she's on late shift. smile
Ha ha... Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
Now that the economy is so bad, perhaps Santa can do a part-time distributing red envelopes?
Ginnie Hart: Then I'm not too late, it appears, LC?! Good. I'll wait to take everything down next week while Astrid is on late shift. smile
Everything is supposed to come down after 12th night, Ginnie - I'm not sure what happens if you don't do this, but it is probably some dreadful Christian curse upon you smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you're right, Tom. Since I don't have a superstitious bone in me, I have never felt beholden to oblige. But I've decided I'll take everything down next week, when Astrid is on late shift. One more week of the beautiful tree. smile
This looks very quaint and the lantern on the bike adds an atmospheric quality smile
Ginnie Hart: It always catches my eye all year 'round, Frances. Thank you.
MY word I bet that bike has some miles under its wheels, it makes a good prop for all the Christmas left overs.
Ginnie Hart: I love the stories it could tell, Brian. Maybe I can be a "good prop" in my last days?! smile
Nice rustic shot Ginnie - any pic with a bike wins my affections but like the tones and details in this (as always!) smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fred. It's hard not to be addicted to these Dutch bikes wherever they are! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 9 Jan 2012, 14:04
Those decorated cycles have always fascinated me.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Frida. I'm addicted to them. smile
so cool!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Joshi.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2012, 15:57
Perfect. I thought at first this was a working bike and I love the idea of the paraffin lamp to help see where the rider is going smile smile
Ginnie Hart: That would definitely be one way to light one's way, Alan. smile Thanks.
Superb photo with a excellent lighting. Colors are very beautiful. Have a lovely evening Ginnie. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Antoine.
I wonder if the delivery ever got made? Perhaps lost in time. What a nice shot Ginnie. And I like the supplementary lightingsmile
Ginnie Hart: This delivery just sits there, John, day after day, season after season. I never tire of seeing it whenever we go to eat at our favorite pannenkoeken restaurant. smile Thanks.
  • Ahmad
  • Iran
  • 9 Jan 2012, 17:20
The contrast is amazing and the red color grab my attention to the Lantern . very nice down !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ahmad!
A fine still life, Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 9 Jan 2012, 18:51
Very cool!
Once i saw a bicycle full with tulips, but of course in use. I loved it. It was in Steenbergensmile
Ginnie Hart: When it's time, Luiza, we'll see that, too. I love this about the Dutch! smile Danke.
An interesting angle of this charming old bike
Ginnie Hart: It just sits there, Martin, day after day, hoping someone finds it interesting. smile Thanks.
lovely shot, compo, mood ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Klaudia.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2012, 21:32
It is bad luck if you don't take the decorations down on the 6th Jan.
Ginnie Hart: So I've been told all my life, Cherry...but I'm still alive and well! grin I guess you can tell I'm not superstitious. smile
  • Mark
  • UK
  • 9 Jan 2012, 21:36
Like the way the red lamp stands out from the bike. (I have a one of those lamps too)
Ginnie Hart: It makes a great prop, Mark, doesn't it. smile Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 9 Jan 2012, 22:00
I like this red light!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Oscar. Me, too. smile
What a great find Ginnie and a good composition... i agree with Astrid that the tree should come soon after the New Year celebrations... but in some places they can last for weeksgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: My reasoning, Peter, is that it takes so long to put everything up I don't want to take them down right away. In America I could get the decorations out the weekend of Thanksgiving. But no one does that till after Sinterklaas comes on December 5 here. So I already lose one week! Thus Astrid is more than willing to give in a bit on the end side of the season. I promise to take everything down next week, while she works late shift. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jan 2012, 23:59
She's a very fine old machine, Ginnie...seems a little sad she has become merely decoration.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure a bike like this in Bangkok would still be going strong, Ray! Thanks.
I enjoy hanging on to that Christmas magic as long as I can. Wonderful image here Ginnie... I especially like the red lantern, and the ball of what looks like Spanish Moss in the basket.
Ginnie Hart: It's great to have someone on my side, Doug, who isn't superstitioius. smile Thanks.
This is a terrific composition Ginnie - I love the "friendliness" of it- it feels familiar!
Ginnie Hart: Familiar and cozy, Elizabeth. It always brings a smile when I see it. smile Thanks.
  • emily
  • Canada
  • 10 Jan 2012, 05:02
I say decorations should stay up all year round! smile
Ginnie Hart: If I could get away with it, I'd do it, Emily (those who own Christmas stores are lucky). Maybe they'd lose their magic, however, if they were up forever. But I do like at least a month-plus of the mini-lights. smile
I love the colours and the tones. Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Michael.
Very very nice picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Victoria.
This is nice and subtle - I think it could stay here, just a little touch of christmas all year for the people who are looking for it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP, and welcome back. Happy New Year. This bike feels very festive all year 'round, regardless of how they decorate it. The lantern is always there, no matter what, which really amkes it for me.
Beautiful color and detail Ginnie! Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2012, 17:35
i really like the warm tones you used for this.. very classy.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rian. This feels so timeless for me in this country!
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 10 Jan 2012, 19:23
a truly remarkable shot...wonderful colours and composition and I just loved that lantern
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Krunal. I love that lantern the most. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 10 Jan 2012, 23:41
I suppose it has to happen sometime. Just love the old red oil lamp...
Ginnie Hart: This is one way to enter one's sunset years, George. I wouldn't mind that a bit. smile Thanks.
avec cette lanterne,je ne sais pas si c'est si bien pratique pour pédaler la nuit mais pour chercher en pleine nuit des baies sauvages etc...c'est agréable...
Ginnie Hart: It may be just a nice place for a permanent lantern on a bike that has died, l'Angevine. grin Merci.
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 21 Jan 2012, 20:58
Lovely details in a nice composition, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Arash.

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