During settled weather, there is an early morning calm on the isthmus, when the sea looks like one big massive duck pond. According to Wikipedia, it was described as early as 1853: “In all seasons, the beauty of the day is in the early morning. At that time, generally, a solemn stillness holds, and a perfect calm prevails…”

Many Aucklanders used this time of day to walk and run in parks. The Spaniel and I use this period for some sporting activity, before the sun gets too hot. We keep going until The Spaniel sits in the sea to cool off (a sure sign we’re done). There are lots of words one could use to describe this phenomena (the isthmus, not The Spaniel playing…): awesome, magical, breathtaking, and so on, but why use words? Just be…

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