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Old Love

"Oude Liefde"  =  Old Love

Seen across the river from us in Woudrichem, Holland.
(Bikes are on my mind these days as I prepare for school on Monday!)

Old Love

"Oude Liefde"  =  Old Love

Seen across the river from us in Woudrichem, Holland.
(Bikes are on my mind these days as I prepare for school on Monday!)

comments (57)

This is a cute photo, everything is nicely balanced in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 01:17
Nicely composed and balanced such a cool shot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, JJ.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 01:52
This is definitely a shot that hints of an intriguing story...
Ginnie Hart: I love stories like this, Beth, so thanks. And thanks for stopping by and commenting. smile
Good luck on Monday, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary. It's just around the corner now.
Do these bikes belong to a certain Ginnie and Astrid...?
Ginnie Hart: In our hearts, yes, Larry. We both smiled when we saw them like this outside a fancy gift shop. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 May 2010, 04:02
Contentment oozes out of this scene.
Ginnie Hart: It was very sweet to both of us when we saw it, Ray, so I agree. Thanks.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 04:19
these are two beautiful old bikes, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: OLD being the operative word, Alex. grin Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 May 2010, 05:34
Image brings contentment to mind
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Tony. Nothing quite like two parked bikes that share oude liefde. smile
  • blackdog
  • a polling booth
  • 14 May 2010, 06:37
LOL - I see we are all learning Dutch with you Ginnie. Have you labelled everything with the Dutch equivalent in the apartment yet?

Fine photo btw - the perfect couple ;o)
Ginnie Hart: You'll hear this a lot from me, Mike: if I have to learn Dutch, so do you. grin Otherwise it won't be that fun for me, HA! And about labeling things around the house, every day I find out a new word. This morning it was drapes: gordijnen. Now if I can only remember everything. Thanks, always (altijd) for your encouragement, which means the world to me.
I believe that the Netherlands is a country with the highest concentration of a bike, fortunate to have a few climbs!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: I have read that your stastic is so, Fabrizio...the country with the greatest number of bikes per capita. A lot of people have two, so that's a lot of bikes! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 May 2010, 07:01
When we saw this bikes we laughed...one for you and one for me.
A wonderful picture a likey to me...a wonderful still life.
Oude Liefde..Old Love...nothing wrong with that.
LOL @ Mike....
Heel veel succes op maandag.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing wrong with oude liefde, precies, MLMA. I hope WE grow old together! That is my dream. Thanks for being by my side in the parking rack of life. grin
Fine machines that belong in a gentler age
Ginnie Hart: A gentler age when there wasn't so much car traffic to interfere, Bill? Yes, I agree. smile
Nice pic, !
Ik zal maandag voor je duimen (good luck monday) smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Yolanda. Hartstikke bedankt. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 May 2010, 07:41
"Oude Liefde" klinkt wel heel veel mooier than "Old Love", maybe, because the word 'Love' is so often/ inflationarily used and sometimes misused! A fine picture full of deep symbolism- but the more fitting title in your case may be "Jonge of nieuwe liefde"!
"culinair watertaxi arrangement"- that sounds seductive!
In Northern Germany the name "Alte Liebe" is a fovourite name for restaurants, cafés, and boats/ships! I like the name!
Ginnie Hart: "Jonge of nieuwe liefde" is definitely more fitting, Philine...but just the beginning of oude liefde, right?! All old love started young, which is the fun of it. I love how the bikes here fit the sign. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 14 May 2010, 07:50
but you are going to school for your 'new love' smile hehe, they have nice old bikes over there tho, great shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Elaine, in hopes of a long and oude liefde! smile Thanks.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 14 May 2010, 08:11
Very nice! Are one of these yours?

What are you studying - can we ask?
Ginnie Hart: No, these bikes are props outside the gift shop, Brian, but my bike is 22 years old (Astrid's old bike) and would fit right in, except with 3 gears. I start taking a Dutch-learning course on Monday for a year as part of my integration into Dutch society. I can hardly wait! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 May 2010, 08:15
You can't beat oude liefde Ginnie! I shall be very interested to hear how you progress at school. From an English perception Dutch seems a very strange language - but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be difficult to learn
Ginnie Hart: I have been told more than once, Chris, that Dutch is one of the 5 hardest languages in the world. I'm not sure that will be true for me, since it's a Germanic language and therefore fits in with English and some of the German I already know. It will be vocabulary, vocbulary, vocabulary!!! Thanks for your vote of confidence in the meantime!
There is so much to see in this picture. I like it.
Ginnie Hart: It was almost too busy for me, Sheila, making it hard to figure out the crop. Glad it works for you. smile
Wonderful capture Ginnie.
I am sure you'll enjoy your new school venture!
Ginnie Hart: I plan to enjoy every minute of it, Richard. Merci!
  • rem_la
  • france
  • 14 May 2010, 09:20
superbe composition !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem.
A very nice invitation to a bicycle ride. I like tones and the composition. A+ VAL
Ginnie Hart: That's the thing about bikes, Valérie. They ARE an invitation. smile Merci.
Excellent shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Roland.
So nice and truly a romantic photograph Ginnie.
Those two are obviously in love. ;-)
I REALLY love your post-processing adding a charming touch to the subject.

Well done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: i love to see things like this, Flo. So sentimental. smile Merci.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 14 May 2010, 11:26
Any love is good no matter what age!!! I like the idea of two together,Tone spot on
Ginnie Hart: Love is good, period. I agree, Vintage. So much better than the alternative! Thanks.
What a lovely picture Ginnie. Very sweet.
Ginnie Hart: It did bring a smile to our faces, Janet. smile Thanks.
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 14 May 2010, 12:13
Once again, great tones here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Cherise!
I like the desaturated colors, and those bikes are great. I wish we had more walkways like that in the U.S.; everything is concrete or asphalt. For some reason, my eye is drawn to the little twigs in front of the wall; the ones at left look like cracks in the wall but the ones at right give away that it is plant material.
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch have a way with their twigs and plants, Mark, as we all know. So fun. And yes, I do wish we had not only more walkways but bike paths in the USA. Can you imagine what would happen if we saw our kids AND grandparents riding bikes everywhere, day in and day out!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 13:38
I really like the way the colors pop..as if outlined. Beautiful feeling as well. Bravo
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bonnie, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 May 2010, 13:49
Comparing all the foreign languages I ever learnt I would say: Dutch may not belong to the "5 hardest" ones in the world (whereas German has been told to be one of the hardest ones, justly, because of its diverse forms of verbs, nouns ...)- honestly, I find each language difficult, and the longer you are learning it (I'm in the 3rd year), the more difficult it may be if you want to get a deeper and more differenciated knowledge of a language! But reading that you already know German, I'm sure Dutch may be easier for you, for E- D- G are sister languages, indeed, and I assume that the Dutch sound and a great deal of the Dutch vocabulary is just in your ears and your mind because you feel at home in Lief- Nederland since some years! And as I already said, de liefde is de beste lerares/leraar om een taal te leren! En elke dag ben je omgeven van native speakers! Het klopt dat we heel snel kunnen leren Nederlandse teksten te lezen en te begrijpen, maar praten in het Nederlands (en ik denk er niet alleen aan een beetje small talk), dit is wel moeilijk voor mij!
Ginnie Hart: I would love to know what the "5 hardest languages" are, Philine. When I have seen that written about Dutch, they never say what the other 4 are. I'm guessing they say Dutch (if German is NOT one of them) because of the stronger 'g' sound? Anyway, it's vocabulary more than anything that I need right now. Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary. The grammar seems to be coming...because, as you say, I'm around it all the time. My ears are beginning to pick it up. I love it. smile
I really do hope your bike is in a bit better shape than these Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm glad to say it is, Brian. grin Thanks.
We dont see many bike stands like this today Ginnie..which is a shame..Nice picture.
Ginnie Hart: There are bike stands everywhere around Holland, Ron, but you're right, this is pretty old-fashioned, Astrid says. It belongs to the gift shop. Thanks.
This is so cute, lovely presentation Ginnie, good luck for Mondaysmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Linda. It's just around the corner now...and I'll be off-n-running. smile
They make a great couple. Well chosen. Good weekend Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Albert. smile
very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rob.
  • tede
  • Germany
  • 14 May 2010, 14:23
The bike is ready and the binder also! Superb shot. Beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: And I'm ready, too, Tede. grin Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 15:08
Thanks for your visit and comment, the thing that has toppled over I am not sure exactly what to call it, it is like a buoy, but it is also part of the lights showing the approach to the nearby airport
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Thanks for your explanation, JJ. That makes sense. smile
This lovely image warms the heart, Ginnie. The decorative flowers & foliage on the handlebars of the bike on the left makes it that much more special. Well seen & captured!
Ginnie Hart: I love to see things like this, Beverly. They give me a big smile. smile Thanks.
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 15:54
how appropriate!
Nice one Ginnie!

I'm back from my visit to the states.
Did you enjoy yourself?
Ginnie Hart: We thought it was appropriate, too, Nadiuska. So fun. Glad to see you're back. One of these days we'll meet up! And yes, I'm back, too, ready now to start school. HA! We're never too old!
There is nothing like old love. This is such a very beautiful shot. Nicely composed.

ps. Enjoy school.
Ginnie Hart: Old love stands the test of time, Michael, so it IS the best. Thanks.
I kind of thought this made a nice euphemism for your good self and Astrid!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, George. It gave us both a smile. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 18:57
Old love..is the best love!!! Great find!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Marcie. It stands the test of time. smile Thanks.
awwww... great photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 14 May 2010, 20:11
the label on that bike stand and having just two bikes is just cute.. great shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: We both got a big smile outta it, Rian. smile And yesterday we thought of you while looking at a fisheye view of ourselves while out on a car trip. If it's good enough I'll post it one of these days. smile
How sweet - one has given the other flowers!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I love the thought, Tom! smile Thanks.
have you got your satchel ready for monday, have a great time learning a new skill
Ginnie Hart: HA! My saddle bag is ready to go, Derek, and will be full that first day I come home, I'm sure. grin I feel like a little kid....
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 15 May 2010, 00:38
Oh wow, first day of school on Monday. Very exciting isn't it?
Ginnie Hart: I'm like a little kid with excitement and expectation, Maria. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 May 2010, 01:10
Two old ladies' bicycles under the Oude Liefde sign? Is that symbolic or not - great find.
Ginnie Hart: Can't help but notice...and smile, Louis. smile Thanks.
I just recently wrote a quote about old love! How ironic. I love these bikes...and the floor beneath them in the shot.
Ginnie Hart: We need to see things that inspire us like this, Heather. It would make a great prop for one opf your photo shoots! smile Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 15 May 2010, 04:17
What a fine vintage scene. Looks as if you would be in a vintage greeting/post card collection.
Ginnie Hart: The older I get, Sherri, the more nostalgic I get about these things. smile Thanks.
  • oscar
  • France
  • 15 May 2010, 12:49
OH yeah! I like this cycles
Ginnie Hart: Bikes have so much character and personality, Oscar, don't they. smile Merci.
So wonderfully full of nostalgia Ginnie...I love the tones and details in your lovely picture of these bikes from an era long gone...!
Ginnie Hart: Nostalgia is a good word, Pavan. smile Thanks.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 15 May 2010, 13:40
Wonderful shot! Love the composition. Good luck on Monday! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sil. Grazie.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 May 2010, 17:32
That is just so cute smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherie. smile
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 16 May 2010, 21:44
Les amoureux quelques soit leur âge sont toujours neufs donc jeunes...éternelles

Lovers whatever their age are still so new eternal youth ...

Ginnie Hart: You are so right, LoLO. I love the way you think. smile Merci.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 18 May 2010, 14:50
Superb image. I wish you well at school.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kanyi. So far so good.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 24 May 2010, 17:27
Wow love this shot. Looks like those bikes have been there for a long time!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Andy. They made a good prop for the store. smile
I really do insist that you make a book of your favorite photos you've posted on here. They are wonderful...

I LOVE this one!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jen. What I think would be most interesting is to find out what OTHERS think are my best photos. I wonder if they would be different from my choices?? smile Thanks for your vote of confidence, over and over again.

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