Late last night saw us welcoming two friends to our Bed and Breakfast. They were here for a long weekend to enjoy what the Lake District has to offer in terms of scenery and activities; and after breakfast this morning, they asked about canoeing on a lake.
Well, yesterday saw the most gorgeous bright weather in the Lakes. Today, however, is a different matter. Today, there has been more or less a constant drizzle. Nonetheless, our guests were not put off. ‘We are going to get wet anyway,’ they said, when I asked them about canoeing in the rain.
Down by Ferry Nab at Lake Windermere is a facility where visitors can rent small boating craft to explore the Lake. Thus, the two friends headed over to hire their boat. Meanwhile, at Blenheim Lodge, I was chatting with some new arrivals, a couple who has visited the Lakes a number of times in the past. Said the man as he stood looking out over Lake Windermere and the fells from the huge triple bay windows in our lounge, ‘The Lakes never disappoint.’ Then he continued, ‘It always rains whenever we are here.’ The couple knew that the weather was extraordinary yesterday, but said that they always bring the rain to the Lakes whenever they visit. As they were speaking, a Windermere ferry hove into view – wet or not, visitors will still have a multitude of Lakeland’s activities to enjoy!
Then this afternoon, a couple arrived with two bicycles attached to the back of their car. By this time, the rain was starting to become more than a drizzle. ‘Oh,’ said one of them, we have decided not to drive while we are here. The rain is not going to stop us and we are going to cycle everywhere.’ Now, that is being intrepid when one considers the current inclement weather coupled with the fell roads of English Lakeland.
Tomorrow, however, is another day; and we might well wake up to sunshine like the day before. Then our rain-making couple can be proved wrong in their premise that they always bring rain with them to the Lake District. As I write, the rain has actually tailed into a mizzle. One of our guests is going riding tomorrow on a heavy horse, so let’s hope that the weather remains fine for her at least during the 2-hour ride. We will just have to see.
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