Our latest cruise took us to the northerly waters of the Lake District. A day trip on Lake Windermere was quite enjoyable. We took a 'steamer' from Ambleside down the lake to Bowness, then another boat right down the lake to Lakeside then right back to our starting point of Ambleside. One thing that struck me was, the complete lack of any sailing craft underweigh on the lake, just a few motor cruisers, the most prolific were the small hire craft. There were lots of lovely clinker built skiffs pulled up on the hards, but I never saw one in the water. I only wish I could have hired one, I'd have loved a row on the lake, happy memories of rowing there with my late son about forty years ago. An interesting visit was to the Windermere Steam Jetty, excellent collection of boats there including some very old ones, all sorts of boats from an early clinker built sailing canoe to beautifully kept steam launches, Adjoining the main building is a small pond which is the sailing ground of the Windermere Model Yacht Club, we launched the Dutch Schouw yacht in there, but there wasn't a breath of wind. At the main reception, there are a number of pond yachts for anyone who would like to try sailing on the pond and they also sell pond yachts in the shop. We also visited Lake Coniston, nostalgia trip to remind me of the days when I sailed my Tideway dinghy there. Also a drive down the length of Ullswater where we did see a number of sailing craft underweigh. Then it was home again with a sidestep into North Walres where I was very disappointed to find insufficient water to sail. A nice trip but very disappointing when it came to sailing.