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


Natural World (General)

Into a New Year

Jan. 9, 2022

Join us on NB Erica on a blustery January night. The cold Wolf Moon is nearing its first quarter and the stars glitter like ice. After an unexpected delayed start to the New Year, we are back on air and with some exciting(-i…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

The Hill

Dec. 19, 2021

As tonight’s full moon is shrouded by the fog that rolls down the hill and curls and drifts upon the water join us aboard the NB Erica as we fall once more in love with the commonplace and overlooked things. The hill may not…

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

Winter Wisdom (Wintrum frod)

Dec. 12, 2021

Following the epic weather of the past few weeks, we go back in time to a period that best celebrated this type of weather. In this episode we explore why the enigmatic appeal of Anglo-Saxon poetry and its fascination (or ev…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective History (General) Night Time

A Rhythm of Cycles

Dec. 5, 2021

You join us on (another)stormy night, but this one is moonless and black as tar. It is the night of the new moon – the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon. The phases of the moon give us an opportunity to contemplate the intric…

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…

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

(Un)Naming of Parts

Sept. 5, 2021

How did the willow threaten a powerful king? What has bloody fingers to do with St Withburga? How much does our knowledge of the world dictate the way you see it? The names we give things are useful (vital even), but they ar…

Natural World (General) Natural World (Flora)

Summer Heavy with Fruit

Aug. 22, 2021

Is August high summer, late summer, or early autumn? Does the Queen own our little cygnet that went missing? Who looks after the canal banks? This week’s episode addresses all these pressing questions, as well as dealing wit…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Night Time

Twilight Blue

July 4, 2021

Did you know that each evening we experience THREE twilights? Each one with distinctive features and that during this period we respond in physiological ways. Similarly, our ancestors appeared to have taken advantage of thes…

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…

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


June 6, 2021

The world is filled with new life, fledglings of all kinds. It is noisy, messing, sometimes cruel, and so full of vitality and life. It’s an boisterous energy that cannot be contained or ignored. From vetch, to rabbits and b…

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…

Natural World (General) Weather

On the Grave of Winter

April 18, 2021

At the beginning of the week we were waking up to snow and each nights the temperatures have been slipping below zero. However, the days are filled with sunshine and warmth, and a vibrancy fills the word. Spring has arrived.…

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective

Man on the Bicycle

March 21, 2021

The journey from winter into spring is often messy and ill-defined. Sometimes it feels as if we are making progress and at others the cold and damp of winter days returns. As we are also contemplating moving from lockdown it…

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…