Finding ways to create something beautiful in the dark nights of a complex world


Boat Life Philosophy/reflective History (Personal)

Echoes of Distant Memories

Jan. 16, 2022

The remnants of two days of murk still cling to the hedgerows and trees as you join us tonight on the narrowboat Erica. A very slow thaw is polishing the dulled surface of the water making reflected lights once again dance w…

Boat Life History (General) Christmas

A Fireside Christmas Eve

Dec. 24, 2021

Curl up with us for this very special Christmas Eve edition of the podcast. Whether you are feeling on your own or just in need of a bit of a breathing space, why not join me tonight for this special Jólabókaflóð inspired ed…

Boat Life Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

Episode Out of Time

Nov. 14, 2021

Against all odds, this episode comes a little out of time! Events have conspired resulting in a slightly truncated episode recorded in the afternoon!! Nevertheless, duck chatter and babies (with a little help from John Moria…

Boat Life Natural World (General) Radio Weather

Shipping Forecasts and Weather Logs

Oct. 10, 2021

When I meet people who listen to this podcast, one of the most frequently mentioned features is the inclusion of the weather log with which I end each episode. This week I talk about what inspired it, one of which is my chil…

Boat Life Natural World (Birds)

Rook Ravaged Skies

Oct. 3, 2021

This has been a week of blustery winds and storms. Perfect weather for the wild choreographies of the rooks jousting on the wind. The devil has spat upon the blackberries and we (rather hurriedly) mark our first birthday – t…

Boat Life Philosophy/reflective History (Canals)

The Gongoozler and the Nomad

Sept. 19, 2021

This week we catch up with news of our little swan family and explore the strange word ‘gongoozler’. What does it mean? Where does it come from? In some ways it functions as a shibboleth. Its use identifying the ‘true’ canal…

Soundscapes, Boat Life

Shrewley Tunnel: Sailing dark waters

Sept. 12, 2021

Join me tonight on a journey on the dark waters of Shrewley Tunnel. In this episode we travel not just through the tunnel but also through history and try to capture the life of those who worked the canals by physically 'leg…

Soundscapes, Boat Life

At Milepost 16

Aug. 15, 2021

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 ve…

Soundscapes, Boat Life Natural World (General)

Summer Sounds - canalside

June 20, 2021

The hot weather has broken with rain and slab-like grey/white skies. While we wait for the sun’s return, it’s probably a good time to remember those lazy sunny days of long ago (and not so long ago). In this week’s episode w…

Soundscapes, Boat Life Philosophy/reflective Weather

May Rains

May 9, 2021

This week the rains swept in pushed by great fronts of ocean air – moisture from places with magical names that I hear on the shipping forecast and can only imagine. Life around progressed without a murmur and the ground dra…

Boat Life Natural World (General)

Back Home!

April 25, 2021

Back where we belong. Under an old ash tree and a full April moon. After nearly five months of restricted movements, we’re back home, out on the canal! Join us as we stop over at one of our most favourite places to tie up fo…

Boat Life

Boat Blacking

April 11, 2021

Boat blacking is when the hull of a boat is painted or sprayed with a protective – usually bitumen-based – paint to help minimise corrosion of the steel hull. For painted blacking, it is a process that occurs every 2 to 3 ye…

Boat Life

Moving On

March 14, 2021

These are the days of swan nests and duck eggs, but the call of a lone swan circling overhead, perhaps captures more precisely the tensions we feel moving through the seasons. The seasonal shifts in the activity of the swans…

Soundscapes, Boat Life Natural World (General) History (General) Weather

When Ice Sings

Feb. 14, 2021

Tonight, the NB Erica is locked in ice. There’s a wolfish southeaster blowing and the night is filled with rasping creaks and groans. There are times when the ice sings. Acoustic lightning flashes that dart across the frozen…

Boat Life Philosophy/reflective History (Canals)

Canal Time

Feb. 7, 2021

One of the first things you will experience when you cast off onto the waterways is, what is sometimes referred to as, ‘canal time.’ What is canal time and how is it different to land time? Canal time functions not so much a…