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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccaC View Post


    THAT is so gorgeous.

    azfiddle, I would love to see more pics and also to hear how the music part of the trip went.
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

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    Salsabike-
    I started to write about the music and got carried away. Here's a short version and if you want details, I'll send you a pm. Feel free to friend me on Facebook - Sharon Goldwasser and you can see all my trip pictures and if you have time/interest, go to my page and read the travel posts.

    Irish music sessions can be a group of friends, or they may be hosted by two or three people who are paid by the pub to provide a core. Most are open sessions, but not always. For most of the musicians it is not their vocation, but for some it is how they make a living.

    I spent quite a bit of time searching online and talking to a couple of music friends about where to find the kind of music sessions that would be friendly and also not be tourist-oriented shows or play ferociously fast. Once I did that, I gave the tour group my itinerary.

    I am a competent fiddler, but the standard of playing at sessions in Ireland is extremely high and I have grown up with the music. So my playing has an American "accent". The important thing is to be low-key, and respectful of the music and the other musicians. If you wait to be asked to start a tune, you will eventually be asked (90% of the time) and that was true everywhere on this trip. I was always a little nervous, so I have one set of jigs I almost always play if asked. Of course, if you play with the same people a second time, or play long enough, then one set isn't nearly enough. Plus, I loosen up after I get to know people. The bottom line is, if you know the etiquette, then you are made to feel welcome.

    We enjoyed sessions that varied in size, in pace, in repertoire, and instrumentation. Fiddles, concertinas and flutes were most common, also button accordions and bouzoukis. There was usually one guitar, sometimes a banjo and surprisingly, harmonicas. Occasionally bodhrans. Sometimes the music was a little more entertainment oriented, especially in touristy pubs, but we had worked hard to avoid that kind of session and overall it worked. It was interesting when typical tourists saw us join in....

    Friends were made, tunes were learned and I can't wait to go back- certainly not 5 more years!

    Anyway, if you want more details, send me a pm and I'll give you the whole experience.
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    That is incredibly interesting--a whole world of its own. You bet I'll PM you and find you on FB. Thanks!

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    yesterdays early morning desert ride by california’s salton sea. I like clouds, morning light and the peace and quiet space the desert gives....



















    There are some interesting artists, wanderer’s, outsiders etc. working and/or living in a community called East Jesus outside of Niland Ca. It’s a welcoming and inspiring space.



    salsabike....the street art you liked was done by christina angelina....recently she also did a few pieces at East Jesus including this water tank




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    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Stunning, Rebecca!
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Yep, I am now boringly repetitive about Rebecca's photos! They're gorgeous. I love Christina's work. And that first picture is a wonder. Really beautiful.

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    Where I rented my bike in Cambridge - test upload

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    St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

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    Untitled by Sharon Goldwasser, on Flickr
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    Bike Duchess, thank you - I figured out how to use the Flickr account and now my pictures are full size - yay! I'll post a few more in the next few days.
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    Yay, Sharon! And some lovely bikes in the window at the Cambridge bike shop.

    Rebecca, gorgeous photos as always!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azfiddle View Post
    Bike Duchess, thank you - I figured out how to use the Flickr account and now my pictures are full size - yay! I'll post a few more in the next few days.
    YAY!!!... flickr means posting more photos

    glad you found kindred spirits to play/share music with….one of my favorite photos is the one of you from your side while playing at the cobblestone….

    Thanks Murienn and BikeDutchess
    salsabike, Christina has done some beautiful paintings and street art.
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    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    [url=https://flic.kr/p/umd9ek]

    So...you will be getting birds for a bit, because that is my current great passion on my bike rides along the Sammamish River. Until, of course, I find the baby otters I keep hearing about.

    This is a goldfinch and they are hard to get a picture of since they flit about constantly, so I was thrilled to get it. And I can't seem to figure out how to put multiple Flickr pictures in one post yet, so you may get a bunch one by one.
    Last edited by salsabike; 06-28-2015 at 01:08 AM.

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    This is from a wetland that I can ride to on this river trail. In the spring it's FULL of redwinged blackbirds. This heron entered a marsh pond and tried to raid their nests. Four male redwinged blackbirds attacked the heron, and eventually drove the heron out of the pond. Here they are towards the end of this incident, escorting the heron out like a couple of fighter jets. The picture is a little blurry but I was thrilled to be able to get a picture at all of this whole blackbird/heron encounter.

    heron chase

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    And of course, a great blue heron on the river bank. I so seriously love where I live. I am grateful for it.

    heron on samm river 6 8 15

 

 

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