'By badger light and lantern's sigh, and lonely flies the vixen's cry...'

WORDS once SPOKEN now CAPTURED

Soundscapes, Boat Life Natural World (General)

Nightwalk 2 (Moon shadows across the water)

Dec. 4, 2022

The night is chill and crisp, a bright moon rides the racing clouds and stars shimmer on the surface of the canal. It’s a perfect night for a night walk. Snuggle down and wrap up warm as you join me on a canal walk washed by…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective History (Personal)

Today I held back time

Oct. 30, 2022

This weekend the clocks change (in the UK). These small markers in our calendars can touch us in deep ways. Join me tonight as we stop the clock, step out of time, and savour together the unspent, untouched hour as the world…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Flora)

Autumn colours the tattered garments of summer

Oct. 16, 2022

The colours of autumn this year promise to be spectacular and the towpaths are being transformed by the brush of autumn’s artistry. Join us tonight as we drink in some of the sights and ponder why this season can evoke such …

Soundscapes, Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective History (General)

Church bells among crow song

Sept. 25, 2022

This week much of the country fell silent for a while and that stillness was the occasion for a chance encounter and finding within the silence the music of bells among crow song. Join us aboard the Erica tonight as we are t…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

Milky tea and four sugars (Walking with elephants)

Sept. 4, 2022

There’s a warm welcome awaiting you under the heavy night skies of summer’s hinterlands. Tonight we meet a very special person with a lop-sided smile and who might be able to teach us to walk with elephants. Journal entry : …

Soundscapes, Boat Life Natural World (General)

Beside a young willow (in a thunderstorm)

Aug. 28, 2022

Although a little delayed, the long-awaited rain and thunder did eventually arrive. Join us tonight as we hunker down beside a young willow and enjoy, with a field full of crows, the wonder of a thunderstorm as it roars over…

Boat Life Natural World (General)

Hot August Nights (Listening for the thunder)

Aug. 15, 2022

It has been a sweltering hot week with temperatures in the 30s (90F). Join me onboard NB Erica, on a hot August night just as the heatwave is about to break, as we listen for the rolling sound of distant thunder. Journal ent…

Boat Life Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

The Scent of God

Aug. 7, 2022

Join me this week as we moor on a still August night, under a proud stand of poplars studded with starlight and moonlight. Tonight, we explore the evocative power of scents and smells. Journal entry : 6th August, Saturday. "…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

Down by the Cattle Pond

July 31, 2022

There is a spot of ground that is special to me. Perhaps you have one too. They often are not particularly attractive, but somehow they are places we can go to find quietness. Join me to tonight when we visit one of my speci…

Soundscapes, Boat Life Natural World (General) Natural World (Birds)

The Dog Days of Summer

July 17, 2022

These are the long days. The days of heat and dust. The days of quiet skies and dulled colours. Days of eclipse and renewal. These are the dog days of summer. Journal entry : 23rd July, Saturday [should read 16th July - blam…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Night Time

This one unremarkable dusk

July 3, 2022

With apologies for sounding like an asthmatic badger, tonight we explore the special qualities of an unremarkable dusk and why we can feel so at peace with it and the darkness it can bring. Journal entry : 28th June, Tuesday…

Boat Life Natural World (General) History (Personal)

'I've Got Her Now' (Love and Hawthorn Blossom)

June 12, 2022

This week has been one of extremes that encompasses the splendour of solitude and an onboard visit by three very enthusiastic police dogs (and a puppy)! Alongside all this, we took time to listen to some bats, watch the cygn…

Boat Life Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

The Colour of Water

May 22, 2022

I want to describe to you what I saw today, but I can't. We have so many words to describe and represent the most complex of concepts. Why then is it almost impossible to describe something so simple and ordinary as the colo…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

Entanglements with the Archdeacon

April 17, 2022

The archdeacon is one of the colourful local characters who live here. Irascible and combative, he is nevertheless an important part of the social life of this small portion of the watery world. He’s a feral domestic duck w…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective History (General) Natural World (Birds) Natural World (Flora)

I have Heard the Roar of Spring (and it is fearful)

April 3, 2022

Just as the wind swung north with its sting of sleet and hail, the first batch of ducklings were hatched this week. It was a far from simple event! However, as winter attempted to reassert itself with some biting winds and s…