Bob and Irene Marsh in Greystoke, 24 iii 2011

WE COULDN’T HAVE WISHED for better Lakeland weather. An overnighter with my parents took in a late afternoon / early evening visit to Ullswater. The extra-ordinary quality of golden sunlight and a dozen shades of purple in a largely glassy lake was breathtaking. One is overwhelmed by the sense of richness in Creation at such moments. Humbled before majesty, whilst at the same time feeling intimately embraced by what seems to be pure gift, made specially, that very moment, for those who may contemplate it. Easy supper was topped with apple pie and ice cream in front of the sleep-inducing log-burning stove. By 10 we were out like a light. Purple and gold restored though this morning. Birdsong bright. Just absolutely right. And I’m deeply grateful.