Spring shows us that even the very old can burst out in new life


Philosophy/reflective Night Time

A Dance of Firelight (and After the Fireworks)

Nov. 7, 2021

What is it about fire that holds our fascination? Last weekend the clocks went back and in the span of one night darkness began to lap at the edges of our late afternoons. The encroachment of night leading the tide of winter…

Philosophy/reflective History (General) History (Personal)

By Swede-Lantern Light (Halloween)

Oct. 31, 2021

Tonight, you join me on a wild October night with the rain rattling against the cabin roof - so there is a little background noise in some places. But it’s warm and dry inside. Penny is snoring in front of the stove. Settle …

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Flora)

The Elf of Plants

Oct. 24, 2021

This week Vanessa from ‘The Mindful Narrowboat’ vlog got me thinking and so this week we begin to explore how our knowledge and (perhaps) attitudes to fungi are changing and leading us back to older ways of thinking about th…

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Fauna)

Worlds Turning Gold

Oct. 17, 2021

Although the trees and hedgerows here are still holding on to their greens, further afield their transformation into golds and yellows and reds is unmistakable. This time of year never fails to trigger a memory of a young co…

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

Call of Wild Geese

Sept. 26, 2021

These are the mornings of mist that ring with the call of geese. What is it about catching sight of the flight of geese and hearing their wind-borne calls that evokes such feelings restless longing and yearning within us? A…

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…

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…

Philosophy/reflective Night Time

Night Walking

Aug. 8, 2021

After a 3 week break, Nighttime on Still Waters is back with episode 40! In this episode we catch up with what has been happening on the moorings and reflect on the place of night walking in history and culture. Journal entr…

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

The Heron's Gaze

July 11, 2021

This week we explore and reflect upon a wonderful poem by narrowboater Steve May (NB Blue Phoenix), ‘The Magnificent Heron’. There is a growing appreciation of genuine encounters with animals and birds and, with the help of …

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…

Philosophy/reflective Radio

Fractured Beauties of the Night

June 13, 2021

The hold of early summer along the canal-side grows firmer each day. However, sometimes the changes and shifts in the season can affect us in surprising and sometimes disconcerting ways. This episode reflects on the birth of…

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…

Philosophy/reflective History (Personal)

Rhyme & (sometimes) Reason

May 30, 2021

What was the first poem that you ever learnt? This week marks the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death and, for some reason, it has brought to mind poems that she loved and that I shared with her as a child. There is some…

Philosophy/reflective Night Time

Into the Night

May 23, 2021

What is ‘dead sleep’ and ‘morning sleep’? Why are 'duck hatches' invaluable? What should we do with the feral ducks? In this far ranging episode. we explore the night-time of history and discover that, perhaps, the importanc…

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

The Clerical Heron

May 16, 2021

What is it about the heron that makes it such a frequent subject for social media posts featuring canal and riverside birds? There is something about it that is strange, singular almost. Spotting one is often felt to be a si…