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A narrowboat-based audio journal on canal life, living aboard, the elements, and the night. Perfect late-night listening for dreamers, insomniacs, night owls, nocturnalists, drifters, and nomads. For lovers Fagen's 'Nightfly', Auden's 'Night Mail', Hopper's 'Nighthawks' and the 'drifting sea-dark streets' of Dylan Thomas. For all those who used to listen to the transistor under your pillow, love the sound of distant trains and rain against the windowpanes, canals and drover's tracks, lost music, splashed puddles, fireflies and bats, hares by moonlight, windsong among pines, owl-light, the shipping forecast, and all the wonderful, terrifying, grand and tawdry avenues of the night. Cosy listening for bedtimes.

Nighttime on Still Waters Richard Goode

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

A narrowboat-based audio journal on canal life, living aboard, the elements, and the night. Perfect late-night listening for dreamers, insomniacs, night owls, nocturnalists, drifters, and nomads. For lovers Fagen's 'Nightfly', Auden's 'Night Mail', Hopper's 'Nighthawks' and the 'drifting sea-dark streets' of Dylan Thomas. For all those who used to listen to the transistor under your pillow, love the sound of distant trains and rain against the windowpanes, canals and drover's tracks, lost music, splashed puddles, fireflies and bats, hares by moonlight, windsong among pines, owl-light, the shipping forecast, and all the wonderful, terrifying, grand and tawdry avenues of the night. Cosy listening for bedtimes.

    First Impressions (On canal life)

    First Impressions (On canal life)

    In tonight’s episode we meet a couple of beautiful spring flowers with some fearsome reputations and go about spring cleaning a very messy and cluttered boat with the help of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.Journal entry:8th May, Wednesday.“A May evening of golden haze And drifting willow down And the busy day winds down.Nearby, lambs call as mothers graze and nuzzle Beyond them, chiff-chaff, robin, and bluetit. Further distant, the sound of children playing.&nbs...

    • 35 min
    The Dusts of Winter (Spring Cleaning)

    The Dusts of Winter (Spring Cleaning)

    In tonight’s episode we meet a couple of beautiful spring flowers with some fearsome reputations and go about spring cleaning a very messy and cluttered boat with the help of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.Journal entry: 20th April, Saturday“A ring of coltsfoot heads has been placed In the crevice of an oak-beam used as a picnic table. They lie bleached and desiccated Shrouded in fine cobweb and dust. They look just like the vestige Of some prehistoric...

    • 36 min
    Just shadows on a summer lawn

    Just shadows on a summer lawn

    For us the river of the year has, so far, been roaring and fierce. It is difficult, at times, to see the bank or to even know whether we are floating or sinking. However, that is only one small part of the picture. What follows is a rather incoherent attempt to find coherence amid the noise. Journal entry:10th April, Wednesday“This morning dawned in chilled silver I wore my coat up to my chin. Now the sun is out And coltsfoot down dances On a warm wind.”With sp...

    • 19 min
    On Surveys and Winter Warmth (Listeners' questions - 6)

    On Surveys and Winter Warmth (Listeners' questions - 6)

    As the slow march of Spring travels along the canal and towpaths, tonight I answer two more questions: How do we keep the boat from freezing when we have to leave it unattended, and how long does it normally take to buy a narrowboat?Journal entry:7th March, Thursday.“A grey wind blows From a grey sky Troubling the surface Of the canal.Damson blossom Torn from branch Spun snow-like With each gust.Sweet smell of woodsmoke And the throat-catch of coal Cros...

    • 34 min
    Walking Home (In fading light)

    Walking Home (In fading light)

    As a family, we gained a reputation for the way our 'short walks' often turned into marathon hikes which invariably meant staggering home long after dark (usually without a torch). In this week’s episode I reminisce on the lessons learnt, their prescient significance, and living in a culture that does growing old and dying so astonishingly badly.Journal entry:24th February, Saturday.“Cloud cliffs, grey and climbing Early spring sunshine Catching the stonework traceries An...

    • 34 min
    Rough Crossings

    Rough Crossings

    Welcome aboard the NB Erica on a wet winter’s night. It is a perfect night to snuggle down and listen to JM Synge’s turn of the 20th century accounts of his travels to the Aran Islands in a small currach on stormy seas. Journal entry:14th February, Wednesday (St. Valentine’s Day)“Outside, No coat, On the hill that runs down to the cut.Warm sun, fleeting, Cloud chasing with the gulls And the circle of two buzzards.Maggie sits, watching, From a throne of dried gras...

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

mrenee32 ,

Soothing

Just what I need to help me relax. I am so appreciative of this podcast’s format. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard before. Thank you.

Andie in WI ,

Kindness and comfort

A friend introduced me to this beautiful podcast just when I needed it most, after the sudden death of my brother. The podcast host extends such kindness and hospitality across distance and difference. Hus observations, poems and stories affirm the cycles of life, death, and rebirth that are present in every season. I am comforted by the feelings of kinship with the little community, and it’s creatures - families of swans and ducks, the herons and others of the canal. I am grateful to Goode for putting this life into words and story, and offering connection and meaning.

JMPolitte ,

Excellent!

A wonderfully done podcast. Richard Goode enthralls us with tales from along the cut that brings a smile, gentle laughter, and perhaps a tear or two. His style of presentation and the podcast itself bring forth a hint of nostalgia in his telling of these stories while also being informative about life on the English canals.

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