Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Leaving Home

Jilda just got a note from our good friends Tommy and Jill. They are headed to Ireland this coming Saturday. I know it's wrong, but I felt a little twinge of envy. 
Jilda and I went to Ireland about ten years ago and we both left a piece of our hearts there.
When we decided to go there, we didn't really have a plan to speak of. We had a friend, Dan Crary, who was performing in Kilkenny and he'd asked us to join him to play one of his venues,  and we had the names of two other people that a friend here had given to us.   
Most people wouldn't go to Ireland, rent a car and head out on their own, but that's exactly what we did. 
We drove around that island on the wrong side of narrow roads and we met some of the most incredible people on the planet.
The there were shades of green, that have no name....and a million miles of stone walls, and fences. 
We were invited into the homes of people we didn't really know. We talked about music, current events, and politics.  We drank good beer and played music late into the night.
As we sat on the runway on the morning we left, we both felt a great sadness. Jilda said it best when she said, it feels like we're leaving home. I felt the same way.


  1. Your description of the Ireland trip is much as Reggie's in 2004. He took off alone and had a great time. He called me most mornings and described those narrow roads!

    I read Jilda tonight and still cannot post a comment. I guess I'll have to e.mail her. Grrr

  2. We were not savvy enough to head out on our own, but we did enjoy the heck out of the Emerald Isle nonethless.

    Have a good one - Marsha

  3. I'd sure like to go there sometime. I've got a feeling I'd feel the same, and I have no place that feels like "home". Even as a kid I felt it's pull. Maybe one day ...

  4. My dream holiday. And after seeing and hearing what I have about that place- I'm not sure I will want to ever leave!

  5. What lovely memories!!! Take care

  6. Ive never been to Ireland and one grandma's name was O'Hara and the other grandma's name was Pattie, so I think I should go to Ireland. I especially green pastures and sheep. If I were to buy your book, should I get it from Amazon? what's the most benefit to you if I purchase? Thanks

  7. Thanks all, it is a lovely place and we can't wait to return.

    @Seriously Though, you can click on the picture of the book and go through Paypal or you can email me your address and I will mail you a book. You can then send me a check. Either way works for me.


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