Hald SøAugust 9 in Denmark
Hald Sø is another lovely lakeside parking place, albeit a little less busy than De Små Fisk in the heart of the Lake District, where we stayed the previous two nights. We've parked under the broad reaching oak trees to shade us from the sun, although cooler temperatures are forecast for tomorrow. The solar charger is propped up over the other side of the grass and gravel car park and converting those hot UV rays into bars on our lithium ion power pack.
It is the final week of the Danish school holidays and parents bring their kids for a picnic and last dip in the lake before another academic year begins. Runners, cyclists, dog walkers and canoeists also make use of this wonderfully kept access point. Will takes our canoe onto the lake while Vicky rests. He enjoys a refreshing swim and returns with a grin from ear to ear.
As the day progresses, the wind picks up, the skies darken and eventually they open to a torrent of rain that leaves pock marks in the sandy ground. The tree branches sway back and forth and several smaller ones break off. The oaks' deep roots have tapped into the lake's groundwater and their acorns have grown large but not yet ripe. Some fall on our roof, their bangs accompanying the irregular tattoo of fat droplets falling from the leaves.
The storm continues all night and leaves the air fresh the following morning. The dry land has needed this and we hope it is the start of a pattern. There are far fewer people today as the rain comes on and off. We make use of a dry spell to take a walk along the lakeside, then up a small canal footpath. The Pond Skaters are out in force, hundreds, if not thousands of them zipping across the surface, their feet dimpling the meniscus but not quite breaking it. We snack on blackberries and get back just a minute before the rain comes once again. We savour the cool and enjoy putting the kettle on for a cuppa more than we have in months!Read more