Here she is again, this time throwing caution to the wind as she speeds along on her push bike, bloomers in view, pearls flying and her basket full of wild daisies and a crusty loaf of bread.
The inspiration for "Nell on a Bike" comes from a story my grandmother told me about a motorbike ride she took as a young woman with one of her boyfriends (yes, there were many). It was during the war years when the American soldiers were here in Australia, and yes, she even had one as a boyfriend. Anyway, while out riding they hit a cow, of all things. Both of them came off the bike and the poor old cow went on to greener pastures, but all my grandmother was concerned about was her string of pearls that had broken in the accident and were now scattered all over the road. I don't think she ever told me what happened to the boyfriend!