Merry Christmas 2012
It has been a while since I did a Merry Christmas post on GFF, so I thought I'd make one this year.
I have a goose roasting in the oven. Goose is a tradition that my wife's family brought into my life. We usually ate duck or roast pork for our Christmas dinner, but my mother-in-law made a goose, and since she is now quite old, I have taken over the tradition. Goose is very tasteful, and not something served often. Stuffed with prunes and apples, a dash of salt and pepper, slowly roasted 5-6 hours at 130 degrees C, and it's about as good as it gets, juicy, crispy skin, tasteful. And the gravy? To die for!
Fishing and such
This year has been my absolutely least productive year ever since I started fishing seriously. I have one (like in 1, a single, more than zero, less than two) sea trout to report and if it wasn't for a couple of feisty Swedish rainbows from the lovely lakes in Hökensås, that would be it. That can be compared to my most productive years where 150 sea trout was more the norm.
My fishing has been severely ruined by disease as you might have read, and being unable to wade, confined to using a wheel chair to "walk" longer distances and becoming tired very quickly has not improved on my number days out. As I say: Go fishing! You never know when it becomes too difficult to overcome.
In the archives
In order to present my usual cavalcade of fishing photos I have dug into the archive, and luckily that is big and contains dozens of thousands of good fishing pictures that haven't been published yet. The archive is actually several hundred thousand images, but not all are of fishing, even though a good and healthy portion is. I have added a few other subjects to this year's harvest, just to show you a bit of what I see and do.
What I do then
My bad luck regarding health has benefited one thing: The Global FlyFisher! Never before have I produced and published so much material for the site. I can still write, still shoot photos, still tie flies, still do web pages and still program. In fact that's some of the things I do best now, and some of the things I really enjoy doing now that my radius of activity has been lessened as it has. So here are a few images from my daily life too.
With the scent of the goose in the nose, my wife taking a before-Christmas-nap, my oldest son on the way here to join us for Christmas (the younger one is here already) and a large dinner at my brother's place planned for tonight, I still feel it's been a good year, and choose to focus on what's good rather than all the rest.
So with those words I wish all the GFF readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I hope to see you back often in the new year, because the plan is to keep up the pace on GFF. And should you feel like joining the party and producing material to publish here, there's plenty disk space and heart-room, and you can just contact me.