A walk on the quiet side…

Exhilarating though it is to be (safely, and from a distance) facing into the teeth of powerful storms, or pretending to do so just after they pass, it is also quite exhausting. Nature’s noise and frenzy is exciting for sure, but sometimes it’s nice to wander on the quiet side.


This is what we did last week, heading out in a different direction for our morning walk, on an almost dry day, stepping away from the coastal trails and across town to the inlet side.

Inner harbour

It’s rarely entirely calm, being so maritime, but on the inlet side it can get close to almost quiet. The rain had stopped, and the wind was barely there, as reflected in the still water. We saw a few ducks – my eyesight and identification skills aren’t up to positive naming – but they were fun to spot. One flew below us, past where we stood overlooking the inlet, a long graceful swoop and glide along the top of the water, a slight skimming wake created before setting down. Nice landing!

Touches of colour!

Although the day was muted and grey, we enjoyed the pops of colour from the floats on boats and the bright paintwork on the wooden and metal harbour railings.

Almost calm

We’ll head back out on the wild side for sure, but it was very pleasant to have the option of a walk on the quiet side!

The quiet side

Thanks for reading, and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

11 thoughts on “A walk on the quiet side…”

  1. Your first photo, “Still,” instills my thought that the “quiet side” is QUITE a side at times like this & will probably accentuate enjoyment of your next walk on the wilder side of things. Enjoy!


  2. I like your description of the duck coming in for a landing, with your words painting an image for me. Quiet is hard to come by these days, much like seeing stars at night. I like the calm waters here, so peaceful, and the patches of colour on an otherwise grey day. Enjoy your weekend.


    1. Thanks, Jane! I like watching the ducks take off and land, always quite the event. I agree on the difficulty of finding quiet, or dark skies, not always easy. I hope you’re having an enjoyable week!


  3. Yes, the coast and all its power can indeed be exhausting. I enjoyed joining you for a walk on the quiet side, pc. It is pleasant to be among the moored boats, and the sounds, smells and activities of the sea in a quiet inlet, thanks for taking us there, pc. Much enjoyed.


  4. Between this lovely calm walk and the meditation podcast I had to switch to as my Super Bowl team was losing today, I should calm down soon. Think I’m going to have to miss the Tottenham match tomorrow.😁 Love all your noisy and calm walk options and it was great to see the harbor again. I still can’t believe it, but it snowed today and we have more on the way this week – may need to meditate again as I had cancelled winter. Hope the rest of your weekend was peaceful after the Everton match and let me know if you have any new movie or tv show recommendations as my sports options are in a crisis!😁


    1. Everton? Is that a football team? Asking for a friend…
      Spurs got the win and Harry is breaking records – all pretty good there (all pretty good anywhere away from Goodison Park!)
      I’m about to start the latest season of Fauda. Saw the first few through the early months of the first lockdown, and really enjoyed it. It helps that the lead looks just like my younger brother (Dave disagrees out loud, but wouldn’t mind the comparison…) so I watch thinking “would Dave really do that?”
      I hope your week is going well!

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