Coming from Felixstowe, a dock town in famously-flat Suffolk, there are immediately noticeable differences on arrival in Grasmere.
Inland forms in abundance. Clearer. And it tastes different, from the tarn and the tap.
Saw my first goosander today. She was very fine, wore her ginger crest like a bonnet. Goosanders are one of those rare species where the females are more showy in appearance than the males it seems to me. Our girl was swimming with the mallards, perhaps searching for a mate worthy of her good looks.
No salt to it.
Real dark, real quiet. No dock noise, no orange tinged black.
It's ups and downs.