“But you’d look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two”
" Daisy Bell" by Harry Dacre
Ever since I found these darling napkin rings at Steinmart, that song has been playing over and over in my head. I had always thought that the name of the song was “A Bicycle Built for Two”, but discovered that I was incorrect and the real name is “Daisy Bell”. According to David Ewen in “American Popular Songs”, when Harry Dacre came to the United States from England, he brought a bicycle with him. After he had to pay a duty for it, his friend, songwriter William Jerome, commented that it was a good thing that Mr. Dacre had not brought a “bicycle built for two” or he would have had to pay double duty. Mr. Dacre liked the phrase so much that in 1892, he wrote the song.
I am certainly hoping that posting this blog will help rid my head of the song, although, I do love it. Of course, now you probably will have the tune on the radio in your head!!
Did you have a bicycle growing up? Was it red? I am so embarrassed to write that I never had a bicycle of my own. Being the youngest child in the family, I had a hand-my-down one from my sister. I have no recollection of the color and I never really rode that often. I spent many more hours skating on old fashioned skates with a key, but that is for another blog!
I bought these place mats some time ago at Dollar Tree and never used them. I thought the blue, red and white stripes would work well with the napkin rings.
I used white Mikasa Yardley dinner plates and blue salad plates that I found at Big Lots for $2.00 a piece. Even though my grandson recently used my red flatware in his Lego blog, I could not resist using it, again, here.
Fortunately, my red amaryllis lilies cooperated and bloomed at the time I was photographing this table. I put them in a Hall China water pitcher, which was the perfect color.
I tried several different goblets with this place setting, but nothing looked right. Exasperated, I finally pulled out our every day drinking glasses and they looked fine with it. I have had these glasses so long that I really have no idea where I bought them.
Looking out of my breakfast room window and seeing the roses blooming, I could feel myself being pulled outside in this wonderful warm spring weather. Perhaps I should consider a bicycle ride, but I think I would choose one of the new electric ones that you do not have to pedal!