The weather forecast today on Teletext was for rain at 2 pm according to some guests who are currently staying with us. Well, 2 pm arrived and passed, and we have not had a single drop of rain to grace the day. Instead, we have had sunshine galore!
Then, late this afternoon, we welcomed back two guests to our B&B for the 7th time over the last 5 years. They hail from Blackpool and rang to say that they would be late. Then they asked what the weather was doing here in Bowness as it had not stopped raining for weeks where they live. I told them it was lovely and bright here. By 5:15 pm, our guests had arrived and were sitting, bathed in sunshine, in the triple floor to ceiling bay windows of our lounge at Blenheim Lodge and enjoying hot tea and biscuits while we caught up with each other. Barrie said that it was the first sunshine they have had for weeks.
Early this evening, I received an email from a couple coming to visit us next week and wanting to know what the weather is like currently. They live in the East Midlands and said that they had had nothing but rain and thunder where they are. Again, I was able to write back with some good news to say that we have had an almost unbroken continuation of beautiful blue skies over the past weeks and months, including today.
Most everyone who thinks of the Lake District surmises that it rains all the time here. It is true, of course, that we can get lots of rainfall and there has been some significant damage in the past due to floods. However, one must not forget that while the Lakes were mired in flood waters at that time, other places in the UK were also battling similar rainy conditions. I have a philosophical approach to the rain: there would not be lakes without rain; and there would not be that lush greenness of the Lakeland landscape without rain.
I have mentioned in previous posts that the mountains surrounding Lake Windermere, close by where our guest house is situated, do protect us from some of the most inclement weather. Moreover, as Blenheim Lodge is positioned on top of a hill, we do not get flooded since all rainfall flows downhill.
When I was young, my mother always said that she preferred living uphill rather than downhill because one could never be flooded when living atop an incline. Since my childhood, I do not think I have ever lived on the plain, except once, when I lived in a second floor flat. Thinking about it, the power of suggestion behind my mother’s words must have been greater than expected as they have influenced our house choices with regard to their physical location.
The weekend is coming up now and we still have some late availability. Hopefully we will fill up with people looking for some good weather to escape to who will come and stay with us in the Lakes. Of course we cannot promise good weather since we do not control it, but the BBC weather forecast looks promising: sunshine, with some cloud, and a little rain (www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633851). One could always contrive to be indoors if and when it does rain!
I will leave you now with a picture of lush Lake Windermere in the bright sunshine overlaid by a typical Lakeland haze. Do come and stay with us and share our awesome scenery and beautiful days!
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