Well, so much for the weatherman’s forecast! In my post yesterday, I mentioned that a potential guest did not book because she had heard that it would rain this week. It’s true: we have had a little rain. Mainly, however, we have had glorious sunshine. As I write, the evening is so bright, the light is glaring!
The good weather is tempered a little by cooler temperatures than what we had recently. However, it is still nice and warm in the sun, and I speak from the viewpoint of someone who comes originally from a hot and humid climate. I think the current weather is especially superb for fell walking as one will not get too hot or cold since the temperatures are not too high and there is just a very soft breeze about.
The beautiful weather has led to some new bookings although, as I said, we still have late availability this weekend and in the coming weeks. The public holiday long weekend at the beginning of May is coming up and hopefully the weather will co-operate so that everyone can enjoy an outdoorsy type of break if so desired. We have advertised our May public holiday weekend availability on our website and still have Lake view and woodland view rooms available for double, single, triple and twin occupancy.
One of the joys of visiting Cumbria in May is the freshness of greenery and bluebells. I have quoted the following information from Cumbria Wildlife (www.cumbria-wildlife.org.uk/bluebells.html) to share it here:
BLUEBELLS IN CUMBRIA
Britain is supposed to hold something like one third of all the bluebells in the world. Their preference for a mild Atlantic sea-board climate means that Cumbria is the perfect county for this species and it is found in around 65% of all the tetrads in the county i.e. virtually all outside the upland areas. The native species has been at risk as its woodland habitat falls victim to climate changes, changes in coppicing practice, agricultural demands and coniferous planting after the First World War. Now a serious further risk is posed from hybridisation with introduced Spanish Bluebells.
Famous spots in the Lake District are at Rannerdale and Low Wood by Wast Water, but South Cumbria in particular has some spectacular displays of Bluebell carpets, usually at their best around the second/third week of May. The Rusland Valley in particular has excellent displays that can be seen from the roadside, as in the photo below taken amongst the famous Rusland Beeches.
Here the plant grows in its true habitat of ancient woodland, flowering well where enough light penetrates the tree canopy in the early spring. It can also flower spectacularly in open ground, but this usually indicates a site of former woodland, as at nearby Hay Bridge across the valley.
Aren’t those bluebells stunning? Here is a close-up photo of a carpet of bluebells in John Ruskin’s wood at Brantwood, where the polymath lived in Coniston, about 20-30 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge. Brantwood is a splendid house with beautiful views of Coniston Water. Visitors can approach Brantwood via the Coniston Launch or drive there.
If you are thinking of visiting Bowness on Windermere and the Lakes in Spring, do remember that the weather can be changeable but should not spoil your holiday even if it is wet. The lovely landscape views from most anywhere in the Lakes continue to be as changeable as the weather, and also as awe-inspiring.
Yesterday, I watched with a couple of our guests the changing faces of Lake Windermere from our lounge window. In the distance were clouds hanging above the horizon; in the middle of those dark clouds was a patch of bright light made more dazzling by the surrounding grey of swirling clouds, snow-capped mountains and deep blue water. There was some rain last evening; but as we watched this moving picture, the rain stopped and the clarity of blue skies started to overtake the greyness on the mountains.
The English Lakes have much to offer visitors: vast landscapes and fabulous views; beautiful lakes, tumbling streams and sparkling waterfalls; mysterious forests and tranquil woodlands; large open spaces and stupendous mountains – all combine to provide a most beautiful natural playground for anyone who loves nature. Added to this are quaint towns and villages, some with pretty cobbled streets lined with old architecture and bursting with character for visitors to enjoy. For history buffs, there are historical and stately homes to visit, eclectic museums which entice, and characterful homes of important personages to explore. For the active at heart, why not go riding, sailing, fishing, quad-biking, green-laning, climbing, walking, clay-pigeon shooting, mountain biking, etc.?
There is always something to do whatever the weather. And if you don’t feel up to anything except a laze in our comfy home, you are more than welcome to put up your feet in our cosy lounge, switch on the TV or read, even perhaps blank out the world and watch mesmerised from the picture windows as the Lake, ever beautiful, dances with the natural elements of wind and rain, sunshine and cloud, this Springtime.
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