Paula Fallon REALTOR Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty
Author: Paula Fallon
The beach is my happy place. When I'm at the beach, all the stresses of everyday life seem to disappear. I also love to eat! Being physically active is important to me so having weather that allows me to be outside all year long without heavy clothing on is a definite plus. I enjoy artwork, strolling around a quaint downtown where I feel safe, and being on the water - whether in a boat, on a jet ski, on a surf board, or just swimming. Music is an important part of my life. It is for all these reasons that I picked St. Augustine as my home! St. Augustine offers all these things to me and so much more! There is always something going on in St. Augustine. I hope that you will come visit this amazing town and fall in love with it just like I did. Look me up when you get here!
Biking on the beach is one of my favorite things to do in St. Augustine! I do it several times a week, usually in the morning hours. It’s a great workout especially when it’s windy! At the same time, it’s very relaxing and definitely puts my mind and soul in a great Zen place to start my day!
Riding on the beach, however, takes its toll on your bike. A regular maintenance schedule is really important in order to keep your bike in the best shape possible so you can continue to enjoy those fabulous bike rides! Here are some helpful tips that every beach biker should know about their beach cruiser!
If you have not ridden your bike in the ocean waters (which is not good for your bike but sure is a lot of fun) or been rained on, let the sand on your bike dry naturally then brush the sand off with a soft brush. Rinsing it every time you ride tends to make your bike rust out faster especially if water has seeped into the frame through the seat post and handlebar post. This will cause rusting from the inside out. You want to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of white lithium grease on the end and bottom of the posts that go into the frame so that everything stays lubricated. You can remove these posts with the right tools (usually a 15mm box wrench) and grease the posts yourself. Make sure when you put them back that you check the lines on the posts for the minimum insertion position. Having the posts set too high can cause the seat or handlebars to come off during a ride and put you in harms way!
White Lightening Clean Ride is the best lubricant for your chain at the beach because it has silicone in it that will prevent the sand from sticking to the chain. Turn your bike upside down when putting the lubricant on your chain and turn the chain while wiping gently with a towel or cloth to get the excess product off the chain. You only need to lubricate if your bike has gotten wet (do it after it dries) and then maybe once a month or so depending on the condition of your chain.
T9 or Tri-flow are the 2 best lubricants for the nuts and bolts of your bike. You can get these at a bike shop or Ace Hardware. Using a dry silicone spray on your bike frame and handle bars will keep your bike shiny and protect it from the elements. (It will rust slower!)
It’s normal for the air in your tires to go down especially if you have not ridden in a few days or weeks. Standard PSI for a beach cruiser is 35-40 PSI. You should always go a little below max on your tire pressure.
Make sure you have a bike that fits your body correctly. You should be able to stand over the frame with clearance. When you’re sitting on the bike, you should have a slight bend in your knee when your leg is extended in the downward position on the peddle. Your shoulders should be relaxed with your hands on the handlebars. If you need to adjust the seat, the seat is usually on a rail so that you can slide the seat back and forth to find the right reach for you.
I hope you find this information helpful! Happy riding and I hope to see you on the beach!
I was searching for an opportunity to give back to my community but wasn’t really finding anything that grabbed at my heart strings in a powerful way until I was told about the Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College. This group was founded in 2014 to provide scholarships and opportunities for women at Flagler College. It also presented an opportunity to forge strong connections between the college and women in the St. Augustine community.
I went back to college in my early 40’s after my divorce. As a single mother of two beautiful children, I realized that I needed to finish my college education, which had been put on the back burner when I got married and had my daughter. I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of numerous scholarships. Without these scholarships, I would not have been able to finish college. I promised myself that when I had the opportunity, I would pay it forward to other women. The Women of Vision afforded me that opportunity!
The Power of the Purse fundraising luncheon is held annually at Flagler College in the historic Dining Room of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon and always features a special presentation from a renowned female. Prior to the luncheon, there is a silent auction of beautiful and unique purses. The winners are announced at the end of the luncheon after the scholarship recipients are introduced. This year scholarships were awarded to three students: Chloe Petito, a St. Augustine native triple-majoring in accounting, economics, and finance; Jamie Creamer, a rising junior studying strategic communications and public relations with a minor in graphic design and advertising; and Ellen Fogel, a rising junior double majoring in public history and Spanish with a minor in economics.
If you have not heard of this event or have not yet attended, it is a truly spectacular event and a great way to help shape the lives of the next generation of leaders! For more information about the fund and how to give, go to Flagler.edu/wov.
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is rich in its history. As part of Anastasia State Park, it is comprised of 16 acres and includes an old quarry where coquina rock was mined to build early St. Augustine homes, commercial buildings, and the infamous Castillo de San Marcos fort. The Amphitheatre was built to commemorate St. Augustine’s 400th Anniversary as our nation’s oldest permanent European settlement in 1965. Following its completion, the play “The Cross & Sword”, written by Pulitzer-prize winner Dr. Paul Green, began its 32-year run on stage. In 1973, “The Cross & Sword” was designated “Florida’s Official State Play” by the State Legislature in recognition of the cultural and historic value of the production.
In 2002, St. Johns County decided to refurbish the Amphitheatre. Five years of construction turned the Amphitheatre into a state-of-the-art performing arts venue capable of holding up to 4,100 concert goers. The new facility includes a conference room, 4 concessions stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate arboretum of walking.
In addition to the incredible shows by top performers held here, there are many free events for families to attend. One of the most popular of these is the Old City Farmers Market which takes place every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Here you will find offerings from some the the finest local organic farms, delicious baked goods, homemade sauces and jams, beautifully crafted hand-made jewelry, breathtaking artwork from local artists, a variety of plants, and more! For more information on the Amphitheatre, see StAugAmphitheatre.com
Marineland was founded as “Marine Studios” in June of 1938 with over 30,000 guests showing up on the first day! Known as the “World’s First Oceanarium”, the original vision was to duplicate the variety of marine life as it exists in nature for the purpose of filming scenes for motion pictures and newsreels to meet Hollywood’s growing demand for underwater footage. Marineland was used to shoot all or some of the scenes in many films and televisions shows. Some of the most famous were “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “Sea Hunt”, and “Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland”! Did you know that Benji was the first dog in history to scuba dive? Filming started in 1939 and continued through 2001. For more information on the history of movies at Marineland see: Marineland.net
In 2004, after a series of hurricanes struck the northeast coast of Florida, most of the original, older structures were retired and an updated facility was built. In 2006, Marineland opened it’s 1.3 million gallon facility known as the Dolphin Conservation Center. This facility was thoughtfully designed paying attention to the behavioral needs of the animals while accommodating the viewing capabilities of the scientists, the logistical needs of the trainers, and the educational and entertainment needs of the guests.
Sitting on ocean-side property 18 miles south of St. Augustine, Marineland offers guests a variety of interactive and in-water programs that allows participants to make physical and emotional connections while learning all about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The staff’s focus is on education. When I took my son and daughter for the full-immersion experience, I learned more about these incredible animals than I had ever known before. The care that they are given is impressive. The oldest dolphin to ever live in human care in the world lived here. Her name was Nellie, and she lived to be 60 years old, the equivalent to 120 years in human life. The average life span of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in the wild is 40-45 years for males and more than 50 years for females. I was very impressed with the trainers, the facility, and the efforts being made to education the public in order to spread conservation efforts to help preserve the environment! For more information about Marineland, visit: Marineland.net and Wikipedia.
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve), in partnership with Marineland Dolphin Adventure, invites the public to a free lecture on the third Tuesday of each month at Marineland Dolphin Adventure to help educate the public about the natural world and its inhabitants.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how…
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL, May 29, 2014—Whether you’re cleaning your home in anticipation of selling, or just looking to live in a streamlined space, a well-organized kitchen can be the pinnacle of a fully functioning home, appealing to potential buyers and everyone living inside. If you’re looking to make better use of your kitchen—arguably the most-used room in most homes– read the following tips, provided by Paula Fallon, Real Estate Professional of BerkshireHathawayHSFNR.
Create a master plan – What is your dream plan for your kitchen? “Figure out exactly what your ideal kitchen would look like,” says Fallon. Is it cleaner? Tidier? Refinished? Are you looking to create an inviting home-style atmosphere or a gleaming space right out of a magazine? Knowing just what you’re going for will make it more achievable overall. Set goals – Create a six-month plan. “If your master plan was to have more organized counter space, then try setting a goal to declutter and maintain tidiness for the next six months,” says Fallon. Do you want to make sure your kitchen is as clean as can be? Delegate tasks to certain days (i.e., mop the floors on Mondays) to make your cleaning goals more attainable.
Break your plan down into tasks – Part of being well organized is setting time aside to actually do the organizing. If it helps, try marking tasks on your calendar. Is it time to dig through the junk drawer or find new homes for your miscellaneous pots and pans? “Every person has a different style of organizing that works for them,” explains Fallon Some people tidy up every day, while others dedicate one day a month to power through it all. “Be realistic about what will work for you, so you will be more likely to stick to your plan of attack,” says Fallon. Whether you spend every Sunday sifting through the stack of mail that has collected on the counter or an hour a week tidying up drawers and cupboards, figuring out when and how much time you need to dedicate to kitchen maintenance can help.
Also consider whether you will take these tasks on yourself or delegate to family members. Keep a monthly check up. At the end of every month, inventory your progress on your clean kitchen goal. This will help keep you on track, and your kitchen spotless. For more real estate information, please contact Paula Fallon at 904-687-6177