Afloat on birdsong, hawthorn petals and young leaves
Aug. 15, 2021

At Milepost 16

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Under the poplars beside milepost 16 is a place of enchantment and quiet sanctuary, particularly in times of broiling heat.  Join me in tonight’s episode as revel in its soundscape and its dappled beauty as we explore its very particular genius loci. You can also hear about the saga concerning our little swan family and what happened this week to their young cygnet (happy ending). 

Journal entry:

“11th August, Wednesday

Geese calls across the dawn skies
 Haunting echelons 
       Black against grey. 

Rooks rise and fall
 Sharp and jagged silhouettes 
       Riding a wilder wind than the one that
           brushes my skin. 

Wilder souls in a world that will not be tamed.” 

Episode Information

For photographs of this location (and reunited swans), please go to the NoSW facebook page, Instagram or Twitter accounts (links below).

In this episode I mention to new YouTube channels that will be of interest to NoSW listeners. 

Steve May’s (from NB Blue Pheonix) new channel is called “Ramblings of a Mad Man!” 

Mark Dexter’s videos on life as a captain of a cruise ship is “Excuse Me Captain Mark” and is also on YouTube.

All audio soundscapes for this episode were recorded on location at ‘Milepost 16’ on 19 July 2021. 


General Details

In the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at

Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence. 

Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.

All other audio recorded on site. 

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