That December, in time of flood, the writer Sarah Hall came home to Cumbria for her mother's burial.
Last night's September rain was evocative of Sudden Traveller and how the Haweswater landscapes would look after Storm Desmond. Travel was so disrupted she was grateful mourners made it to her mother's funeral. Ironic, perhaps, that Sarah Hall's story should be broadcast so soon after the hottest English summer on record, when the waters of Haweswater shrank to reveal the village which was flooded to make way for the reservoir.
You may hear Sarah Hall's story Sudden Traveller in BBC I player currently