Glenda Powell Guiding
& Blackwater Salmon Fishery
Happy New Year and Opening Day February 1st on the River Blackwater
The Gate of The Year
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year;
''Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.''
And he replied; ''Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.''
So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
Minnie Louise Haskins
Christmas and the New Year celebrations have come and gone. For many they are times of celebration and cheer, and for others it is a time of loneliness and sadness, often missing the ones who have gone on before them and reminiscing about the times when the family was together at this time.
For me as I grow a little older, Christmas has changed over the years. I try to stay away from the shopping centres and plastic Santa's. I avoid parties and I try to make it a time of peace, with less activity, warm fires, books, country walks, Christmas day swims and really try to delight in the true spirit of Christmas.
For New Year we got up very early and left our house around 4.30am. Noel and I were as excited as little children waiting to open their presents on Christmas morning. Anna and Ian were like two teenagers that had been woken up and ushered into a cold car at 4.30am.
We were going fishing. The River Drowse in Donegal is one of the first rivers in Ireland to open on the 1st January and the water was going to be perfect. We had a great two days fishing, we didn't catch any fish but we met so many wonderful people on the river and the day was so mild it really felt like Spring had arrived.
Thank you to Shane Gallagher and the wonderful people at the fishery for their hospitality.
The children also enjoyed their time on the river and the little cottage that we were staying in.
This morning I asked Noel to drop me at a place called the Vee in the Knockmealdown mountains and I slowly walked the 3 hours home. What a refreshing time this was, freedom as I listened to the song of the birds, running water tumbling down the mountain streams, and the freezing wind was burning my face as I walked the quiet road home.
Thoughts came and went, passing through my mind like clouds floating in the sky. Some of them I wrote down in my notebook and the others I let float away. Oh what a beautiful country we live in, and how tranquil and alluring is the time spent in the solitude of the mountains or by the river.
This is my New Year Resolution; to search for peace and serenity in all parts of my life knowing that all will be well, and the sun will rise in the East each morning.
For you my friends I wish you the same.
Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You)
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