We hotfooted it up to the Lake District for two days
in search of mizzle, lowering clouds and cool temperatures,
reliably on offer on previous occasions as I remembered.
Instead, we found a fair facsimile of the weather
we've been having down South.
Normally so very welcome.
Fortunately we also found the holiday home of one man's dreams:
Blackwell overlooking Windermere,
an Arts & Crafts house,
designed by MH Baillie Scott
for Sir Edward Holt and his family.
Every detail was exquisitely crafted,
and preserved intact thanks to years used as a girl's school,
with boards put up to protect the original features.
Tiles by William de Morgan.
As much as I marvelled at the
skill and workmanship on display throughout a house
where no expense was spared
I was also bowled over by the precision
of the dry stone wall builders
seen everywhere on our walks.