Those of us who earn our living from visitors to the Lakes rarely get the chance to do the things which the visitors come her to do- such as take a cruise on Lake Windermere (and before pedants start foaming at the mouth because I’ve used the word “lake” before “Windermere”, yes I do know that mere means lake, and no, I don’t think it’s tautologous).
Tonight we had the chance to enjoy what the tourists enjoy and there couldn’t have been a better evening for it. The occasion was a fund-raising event organised by the Lakes Hospitality Association in aid of the Japanese Tsunami victims. It was rather ironic that the weather conditions tonight couldn’t have been more benign, with clear skies, and a warm breeze- and views to die for. Windermere Lake Cruises provided mv Swan free of charge, and a superb Japanese-style buffet was put on by Andrew Southcott. The Jazz band, Palladium, provided the music- very well indeed. This was a small gesture on our part to show our solidarity with our Japanese friends and it was one which came from the heart.