Still Annoyed… it would seem

What a beautiful day!  Up bright and early I decided I would take the mutt for a walk around the the woods, before all the numpties turned up.

Usually, the ‘morning walk’ consists of a half hour stretch of the legs through the urban meadow just a few minutes away, and the ‘evening walk’ will be a much longer traipse through the woods or around the woods or alongside the woods.

And this morning it was wonderful: we didn’t see or hear a soul.

We walked along in total silence. Not even any wind.

Just the sound of the birds in the trees.

And the tip-tap of the aglets on my laces, tapping against my boots as I walked.

That tiny little sound wouldn’t normally bother me, but, now that I’d heard it, it was all I could hear as I walked, and it jarred with the absolute stillness around me and started to get on my nerves.

I stooped down and tucked the end of the laces into my boots. That was better, total silence now, as I walked.

But the laces came out after about a minute and the tapping started again.

Annoyed, I stopped by a fallen tree,  undid my laces and re-tied them, making sure there wasn’t enough slack for the ends to flap about.


We walked in total silence.

Just the sound of the birds in the trees,

And a slight squeak from the rubber heel on my boot.



  1. Alan

    We walked along in total silence. Not even any wind.
    No beer & beans the night before then.

    • Masher


  2. Toffeeapple

    If that had been me, I would simply have turned my hearing aids off!

    • Masher

      A silver lining to every cloud, TA!

  3. Jules

    Haha! The new injustices of this altered world.

    I find timing walks crucial because it seems every man now has a dog, a bike or is possessed by jogging. Never saw these buggers before!

    • Frances

      And lots of small children !

    • Masher

      I met a couple in the woods the other day. Never seen them there before. Not surprising, as I know them and they leave a good couple of miles away.
      And they haven’t got a dog.

  4. Frances

    I used to be annoyed with the dog’s name tag clicking as he walked, but he now has a ” flexitag” that fits on his collar in a way that doesn’t/can’t make a noise. Saw them on FB a few years ago …..local seller I think.

    • Masher

      Saber doesn’t have a collar, so no noise there.
      It allows her to unsuccessfully sneak up on squirrels.

  5. Brennig

    Bonus points for aglets. But this peace and quiet malarky is interesting isn’t it? Makes me realise how noisy I am

    • Masher

      I’m like a Ninja, going through the woods, I am. Silent and invisible.
      In my bright red, Peter Storm waterproof jacket.

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