We welcomed a Japanese guest today who had seen nothing but snow since she arrived in London a few days ago. She was ever so pleased to be in the Lake District and was amazed that the sun was shining in the Lakes. Of course, after the snowfall on Friday, we have had nothing but sunshine now for the last few days in Bowness-on-Windermere, making the still snowcapped mountain tops look even more stunning as they glitter in the sunlight. Meanwhile, there is no longer any snow left on the ground, although there is still snow on the grass where the earth is still cold.
I took a couple of not very good photos of what it is looking like this evening. The sun is getting ready for bed now, and the clouds have covered much of its brightness. Nonetheless, there is no snow present nor any threat of snow in the air. In fact, according to our guest, it is warmer here than in London! Now, that is a surprise as London is in the southeast and the Lake District is in the northwest.
Some guests who left us today were very impressed that the weather has held despite all those horrendous forecasts for the UK. As the lady used to work as a sales manager at Laura Ashley, I asked her whether she would like to look at our rooms since they have all been decorated in Laura Ashley colours and soft furnishings. I was really pleased when she recognised some of the curtain fabrics and showed her appreciation for how much care we had taken to decorate Blenheim Lodge when ordering our bespoke curtains, blinds and pelmets for the windows.
As we were looking into The Dalesway and admiring its restful ambiance and the lovely French antiques and furniture in this room, the lady suddenly called out, ‘Look outside! Deer!’ Both her boyfriend and I looked out of the floor to ceiling bay windows and saw two wild deer scampering across the snow-scattered field that The Dalesway overlooks. Her boyfriend was suitably impressed, and said that it was the first time he had ever seen deer in the wild.
I suppose the appearances of wild deer and other woodland creatures, and the lovely country outlook from The Dalesway are the main reasons why this is my favourite room in the house. I also particularly like the decor and tranquil feel of this room. Because one cannot see any roads or traffic from The Dalesway, the feeling that I get whenever I enter this room is always that of being tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Well, I do not know what the weather will bring tomorrow, but I do know that the Lake District will continue every bit as beautiful tomorrow as it has been for centuries. I hope that many visitors will come to the Lakes to enjoy its peace and quiet this Easter time and to admire its stupendous beauty. The trains are running as usual, and I know this because our guest today came by rail to Windermere from London. In fact the train was early! Newsreels always like to make it seem that Cumbria has the worst of the weather because of our location in the northwest. Actually, some of the best weather is at present to be found in the Lake District according to our erstwhile visitors. So, do ask us what the current weather is like here before you book accommodation if that will help you. We are always happy to help.
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