There isn’t a ripple across the surface waters of Derwentwater this morning. The lack of wind in the Borrowdale Valley has ensured the leaves still on the trees are revealing the full glory of their changing colours. The hues of two trees in the hotel grounds stand out in particular. The Acer in the Japanese-inspired Cumbrian Garden is a vivid red whilst the Tulip tree on the front lawn has multitudes of shades of yellows. The hotel gardens achieved a silver award in this year’s Cumbria in Bloom awards. They offer, as ever, a place of quiet contemplation amidst the hurly-burly of life.