It isn't always as quiet as this on the Schinkel.
There was a blanket of fog this morning on the Schinkel, the canal which passes below our balcony.
Its changing moods are a constant source of enjoyment to us, as we watch the various forms of water transport doing their various things.
It's Amsterdam's busiest working canal. These barges were putting in sewers below the water.
Barges take sand dredged out of the harbour to be dumped somewhere it can make itself useful, keeping Holland's head above water.
But on a fine day, a sand barge can double as a mobile beach.
If it's not a fine day, and you've decided to have an outing in the boat, you do it anyway.
We see some beautiful older vessels passing...
...and occasionally there's a spectacular event. This 747 (minus wings, fortunately) was being moved along the Schinkel on a barge. We missed it, sad to say, but Thomas Schlijper was there.
We do enjoy living by the Schinkel…
...and we're not the only ones to love it.