PUFFIN THE KAYAK has been lifted from her perch in the garage rafters and safely delivered to her summer season on Ullswater, on what must surely have been one of the loveliest days of the year. Just enough of a gentle breeze to cool but not to throw off course; progress atop the blue, blue lake gentle, slow and quiet enough to be able to come within a few yards of protective Canada Geese watching their still very tiny and fluffy young paddling furiously to keep up with the grown ups. Lakeland children still in school today, of course, but if the weather stays like today’s there’ll be a much larger picnicking presence here tomorrow morning. I shall sleep like a baby tonight, every muscle and sinew having been reminded of the part it must play to navigate a small boat upon and across the queen of the Lakes.