This morning we woke up to a lovely Winter Wonderland scene with snow on the mountains and covering both sides of the fjord.  It has beena wet and windy couple of days with not much to recommend it apart from the fact that all the rain has been swelling the rivers and so we have been having a bit of fun.  It is hard during this period to remember what the place looks like with sunshine and long evenings.  On the plus side the days are getting longer as it is now bright until almost 5 o'clock in the evenings, this is progress.

                On dark days like the last week you need some projects to keep you going and interested so in this regard I am pretty set with the DW kayak race, Malin to Mizen cycle and the trip to Greenland I have a bit of planning and training to do.  One of the ones I am finding hard at the moment is the cycle aspect of it, one of the less enjoyable parts of this is heading out for a cycle on a day with Gaelforce winds.   It requires a lot of motivation to get out and cycle into the teeth of a gale, although it is better going this way and having the wind behind you for the homeward leg.  At least on the Kayak you can shelter on the fjord and you realise that you are getting wet anyway so it is not so bad.  I have resorted to putting my turbo trainer in front of the TV so that I can do a bit of training in the evenings while watching  Sex and the City!!

                In the centre things are coming along as we chase new business and work on new activities for the new year.  So far we have some exciting plans but are waiting to see what the planners are going to say.  We have also been giving the centre a lick of paint and trying to figure out the optimum position of firing on our paintball guns.  This is the sort of hard work we have to go through to bring you spectacular activities here in Connemara.

                In this climate of fear and anger I think it is worth noting something about religion.  IT is supposed to bring us together not tear us apart

Did you know that through the scriptures of the worlds leading religions runs a single theme - the ethic of reprocity - expressed in astonishingly similar form.

BRAHANISM :  This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause pain if done to you.

Mahabharatas: L517

BUDDISHM : Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Udanavarga 5:18

CONFUCIANIS : Is here one maxim which ought to acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

Analects 15:

TAOISM : Regard your neighbours gain as your own gain, and your neighbours loss as your own loss.

T'as-Shang Kan-Ying P'ten

JUDAISM : What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.  That is the entire law: all the rest is commentary.

                Talmud Shabbat 31a

CHRISTIANITY : Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Luke 6:31, The bible

ISLAM : No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself