As soon as I arrived at the lake the first thing I thought was how much it reminded me of Rutland Water back up in my part of the world. It may not be as large, but the feel of it, with the cafe and shop, bike trails and sailing school is very reminiscent. But at Roadford, you feel very high up, wind turbines dot the horizon and there is the sense that the sky is not that far away.
The winds blow the training dinghies about the water as we have tea and cake. The world's tallest man stands in front of us and looks at the world's smallest puppy, a baby meerkat sized chihuahua. A giant metal sundial glitters in a lowering sun.
A bird hide proves the birds are hiding. But there are plenty of butterflies, and a big hawker flies over my shoulder like a strafing Spitfire. Muddy ground hints at the autumn to come.
A child screams eerily in the trees. The dense woods surrounding the lake might be very scary at night. But in the day, it was lovely.
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|The calm waters
|Splashing at the edge
|The butterfly seeks a different world view
|Very tatty meadow brown