Saturday, August 23, 2008

Surrey with the fringe on top

The grandparents were here this past week, and look what project Morfar helped us complete!

This shiny little surrey was one I had as a kid. Originally yellow and red, it was called the Gym-Dandy surrey, and apparently there were quite a few of them made in the 1950s. When I got it as a little girl in the 1970s, it was pretty beat up, but my parents restored it, painted it, put a new canopy on it, and I rode it for years, including in the bicentennial parade. (Bicentennial--if that doesn't make me sound old, I don't know what does!)

Anyway, I loved it then, and I love it now. It was, after 30 years of neglect in a warehouse, dirty and in need of sprucing up. So, with a family team effort, we once again sanded, painted, etc, and she is.

We found a horn that was exactly the same as the one I had as a girl, and you can tell by the looks on their faces how much they love it. So does Morfar. Thanks, Daddy, for bringing the surrey back to life!

Just so cute--makes you want to sing, "Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry, when I take you out in the surrey..."

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Hillay said...

The surrey looks like so much fun!! I miss you girls and i will see you soon. I hope your having a wonderful couple weeks!!

xo Hillary

angela said...

Hi Kirie

We are so pleased that you are enjoying the surrey! I am so glad you were able to restore it. It looks better than new!

Morfar really liked this project - I am so happy you all did it.

Love, Mom

Alisa Pruett said...

I just picked up a surrey this weekend. It did not come with the bars for the canopy. Do you have any photos or measurements of the canopy?

3littlechickies said...

Alisa--I'll take some measurements and photos this weekend for you and post them. You're going to really enjoy your surrey!

Anonymous said...

i have the one that my parents bought for us in 1970 i am restoring it for my doughters but have run into a problem. one of the rear wheels has three broken spokes any idea of where i can have this repaired? someon etold me to boil the tire only then can i remove the rubber and repaire the spokes. i would rathe rhave someone with the know how repair it my email is thank yoiu.

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