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ST. AUGUSTINE

PERFECT DAY AND PERFECT NIGHT

sunny 78 °F

This was the most beautiful day ever! Sunny in the upper 70's with just a soft breeze, perfect day to spent an afternoon at the beach. It was Sue and Ron's last day in St. Augustine and they invited John to walk the shoreline from Anastasia to St. Augustine Beach. Since I could not walk the distance, I stayed back to soak up the sun, and meander nearby. It was so relaxing!

nice day at the beach
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St. Augustine Beach Pier
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On Thursday evenings, local musicians gather at Barley Republic Irish pub to play Irish music with the likes of Guinness and Harp for $3. John met the friendly musicians and decided to join them. There were some 14 players with every imaginable instruments and each took turns to lead with their favorite. When prodded to do so, John chose "Come to the Hills" because I love this song (my favorite rendition of this is by Celtic Thunder on YouTube). Since He was given a mike to play to, John's tin whistle echoed thru the pub crystal clear. It was beautiful and with full of emotion. The night was very entertaining with various types of instruments and songs. Sue says it reminds her of some of the pubs she visited in Ireland. Needless to say, I think the entire evening with a romantic Spanish dinner and good Irish music was a good send off for Sue and Ron. For John, his only regret was not playing "The Last Rose of Summer", a song about a rose garden with only one rose left, and it will not be long before it will join the others. It brings back memories of how much his mother loved Irish music and always wanted him to play for her. Back then, John was always busy, never had the time to learn his tin whistle. It wasn't until his mother passed did he picked up the whistle and played at her funeral, knowing she would finally hear him. He wasn't very good that day, but he has evolved to be a very good penny whistle player. Because of his mother, he has found joy with his music. And now, Shannon, who I always thought is also gifted with music, is starting to play the penny whistle and loving it.

John playing with Irish musicians
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Sue and Ron celebrating their last day in St. Augustine
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Even though it was too late to walk the boardwalk when we got back, from our tent, you could hear the sound of the ocean waves crashing in the still of the night...makes for a good night sleep.

Posted by Bananawind2016 16:43 Archived in USA

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