On a day like today I’d be willing to bet that there is no journey to work better than mine. I begin in Grange-over-Sands on a sparkling morning when the rising sun casts long red shadows on the expansive sands of Morecambe Bay. Then along the Lythe Valley to the Damson Dene Hotel in Crosthwaite. It is deep midwinter; when I started out the temperature was –1C and with each mile inland it drops a further degree so that by the time I reach the Damson Dene it is –7. All the fields and trees along the way are thickly coated with a hoar frost which gleams in the bright sunshine.
From the Damson Dene my journey takes me to our latest acquisition, the Sawrey Hotel, which is about 15 minutes away on the other side of Lake Windermere. I cross the Lake by a ferry which works on a pulley system which gives a quiet smooth ride and allows you to enjoy the view of the water with the snow-capped mountains beyond. Today the Lake is covered with ice but the ferry has been able to push its way through. This video is a record of the crossing. This isn’t work- it’s the Slow Life.
The song which accompanies the video is A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon and Garfunkel.