Afloat on birdsong, hawthorn petals and young leaves
Nov. 28, 2021

It was a dark and stormy night...

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The after-effects of the booster jab are just beginning to slam into me and so tonight’s episode is going to be fairly short. However, you join us on a very cold and stormy night as Storm Arwen with its ‘screaming northerlies’ batters the boat and brings with it our first snows of the winter, but the boat is warm, the hatches are battened and, as always, there is a very warm welcome awaiting you.  

Journal entry:

“27th November, Saturday

Mum, you would have loved days like this.
 And to sit beside the glowing stove and feel the wind hug the boat.

But the leaf is now fallen from the tree of my life 
 leaving silence where there was once an anchor of love 
      and a stack of dog-eared books.

Somewhere on this howling wind rides your love 
        and it makes it feel a little less cold.

Happy birthday.”


Episode Information

In this episode I read Mum’s favourite poem ‘Nicholas Nye’ by Walter de la Mare. 

You can read the poem here: Nicholas Nye


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 and keyboard interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.

All other audio recorded on site. 

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