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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 mu ...
 
We are Fran and Rich and we live on a narrowboat travelling the canals and rivers of England and Wales. We show our travels on our YouTube Channel 'Floating Our Boat' and podcasting is a new venture for us. We aim to discuss topics we normally wouldn't cover on our YouTube channel but will be light-hearted, hopefully Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope you enjoy our new podcast show.
 
2 Voices Radio are Andy Waterfield and Nick Benjamin. They take you on a humourous canter discussing people, places and stuff. The chaps offer a light hearted look at the mundanity and minutiae of life. 45 minutes discussing lighter news stories of the week, with occasional special guests and travelogue specials. New podcast every 10 days.
 
A community for ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Living in unique spaces, vans, cabins, narrowboats and more. We chat about all topics, from spaces, tips, to travel, sustainability, mental health and making your life fun and full of adventure. Whether you just love unique spaces, adventure. Your already on the road or amongst a build. Or you are nervous to start your project, this podcast will guide you and make you smile. Did you enjoy this epsiode ? Feel free to donate by buying ...
 
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As we begin to enter the depths of winter, this episode celebrates with a soundscape of winter at the moorings that tries to capture the life and energy of this season. Journal entry: “18h January, Tuesday. A rich winter moon hangs between the branches of the ash. Beneath a sky veiled in ice, sheep The colour of worn lead face the first glow of daw…
 
The remnants of two days of murk still cling to the hedgerows and trees as you join us tonight on the narrowboat Erica. A very slow thaw is polishing the dulled surface of the water making reflected lights once again dance with life. Curl up and let’s enjoy those little shards of distant memories that still colour out present and fill us with such …
 
We’re back after an extended break. Melissa is our Listener of the week! We talk about Boris Johnson our UK Prime Minister. We found nothing missing at Christmas in the shops even though we were warned of shortages. In fact we had too much! It’s now Veganuary… Andy discusses. There’s pizza and burger chat. Cows and virtual reality. Easy wins… inclu…
 
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(-ish) news to tell you. Journal entry: “2nd January, Sunday. Hello New Year - this is me. You seem so big and dark and unknown, …
 
Curl up with us for this very special Christmas Eve edition of the podcast. Whether you are feeling on your own or just in need of a bit of a breathing space, why not join me tonight for this special Jólabókaflóð inspired edition of Nighttime on Still Water’s? Although the weather may be closer to Greg Lake’s “veil of tears for the virgin birth”, t…
 
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 be named, or even be awarded a contour of its own, but it nevertheless is the place of gentle and unremarkable miracles. Jour…
 
'Smriti and Kartik, Indian vanlifer couple who have been living/traveling in their self converted Campervan for the past 1.5 years. They are traveling the PanAmerican highway crossing 14 countries, they are currently in their 4th country Guatemala: hoping to get to their end destination - Patagonia by some time next year. They have a cute dog calle…
 
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 even obsession) with winter casts such an enduring influence on our culture. It is the perfect type of literature for cold winte…
 
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 intricate play of cycles all around us and how the mirror, challenge and provide direction for our lives. Journal entry: “3rd Decemb…
 
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 a…
 
In this Episode I chat to Jordan & Jim the owners of a VW Van, Caravan and currently self building their own home. We discuss their amazing trip from the UK to Ireland. What works and doesn't in todays world, building, living tiny, and living an all rounded well thought out lifestyle. These Ambassadors are big supporters of Stitcha and it is a plea…
 
The pace of autumn is gathering and a chill is creeping into the air tonight, but the stove is warm. In tonight’s episode we go off to encounter Traveller’s Joy, and explore the potency and importance of names. Journal entry: “19th November, Friday The ash tree held its breath as the moon grazed the darkness, Between cirrus sandbanks, in a halo of …
 
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 Moriarty) help us to find a path through the tangled thickets that many of us are possibly facing. Journal entry: “10th November, W…
 
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 into our daytimes can no longer be ignored and it is understandable that at this time of year we are so drawn to the image of…
 
Andy has the worst cold ever… but of course he’s not complaining! The biggest lottery win has been announced. We’re not bitter! There’s Christmas supplies shortages. Nature notes. Prince Charles, his cheese and wine car and food choices. TV Themes and Countdown. The face-covering dilemma. The Great British Bake Off is running out of steam. Get in t…
 
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 back as we look at life and Halloweens through the flickering light of a swede-head lantern of my childhood. Journal entry: “2…
 
In this Episode I chat to Travis & Janette the owners of a Mercedes Vario Bus. The clocks have turned back in the UK and for across the world winter is coming. This is an episode for everyone. These two 40 year olds inspire any age and give the most helpful life and parenting advice we all need at any stage in our lives. From laughing and bus build…
 
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 the environment and our place within it. Journal entry: “21st October, Thursday A Hunter’s Moon swinging high Across a highwayma…
 
After the recent success of climbing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, I am sitting down for an in-depth conversation about climbing and route setting with London-based route setter Dan Donovan. Glad to share this conversation with you guys and warm greetings to the climbing community in London and around the world!…
 
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 couple I once saw in a park in the middle of England who were entering a world that was turning to gold. Journal entry: “16th Oc…
 
The Two Voices have finally visited the Severn Valley Railway... and what a day! In this episode we speak to Gus one of the organisers about setting up the gala weekend. Lesley tells us how the SVR is weathering the pandemic. Roland tells us what goes on in the huge train shed. We meet Jack & Peter who are working on a futuristic hydrogen loco proj…
 
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 childhood love of the BBC’s Shipping Forecast. What makes these stark lists of climatic data ring so powerfully in our minds? Jour…
 
This has been a week of blustery winds and storms. Perfect weather for the wild choreographies of the rooks jousting on the wind. The devil has spat upon the blackberries and we (rather hurriedly) mark our first birthday – this podcast is one year old! Journal entry: “2nd October, Saturday Below a thrown scatter of rooks South-westerly gusts kick u…
 
In this episode we sit down with Giulia to hear her inspiring story about going through life and education with visual impairment. This story also offers a unique opportunity to understand what can everyday people do to be more inclusive towards people with various visible and non-visible disabilities.…
 
This week… the UK petrol “shortage”… but is it? People say there’s a food shortage… but we haven’t seen evidence of it. Morrisons is named supermarket retailer of the year. They’re also removing plastic bags from bananas at last. We’ve said for years that bananas have their own coats on! We hear about a list of top UK biscuits… but there’s an impos…
 
Thousands of people have been flocking to the canals, each searching for a new life with less stress. But does it always work out that way? In this episode I chat with newbie narrowboaters, Wayne and Amanda, about their recent transition from landlubbers to live aboard narrowboaters. Do they have any regrets? Selling quality boats for over 25 years…
 
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? And yearning for what? We listen to the words of Wendell Berry, BB, David Whyte and Mary Oliver to find ways to capture those po…
 
In this Episode I chat to Beck the owner of a Tulip Barge. Beck has always been creative she puts this talent down to her dyslexia, she was always making dens and being outdoors is a part of her. And tiny spaces evenmore so because Becks dream is to build and design unusual spaces for people too enjoy. We need more of that please. An ex muscician w…
 
This week Andy Waterfield takes a trip to Peterborough for the Buses Magazine festival to explore both vintage buses and the future of bus travel. Andy talks to the editor of Buses magazine about the event; the owner if a restored vintage Routemaster and to National Express about their brand new bus. Get in touch 2voicesradio@gmail.com…
 
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 people from those outside the community. However, it also shines a light on tensions of modern day living. Journal entry: “15…
 
Join me tonight on a journey on the dark waters of Shrewley Tunnel. In this episode we travel not just through the tunnel but also through history and try to capture the life of those who worked the canals by physically 'legging' boats through. Journal entry: “12th September, Friday Having Brunch at the Gongoozler’s Rest Café. The smell of wet eart…
 
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 are not passive. Names frame the way we view the world. In this week’s episode (with apologies to Henry Reed) we ‘unname the par…
 
We’ve been to Kent and are amazed at how wonderful Folkestone is. It’s worth a visit! We ask if people will stay in the UK next year or will they go back abroad? Nick talks about the TV show “My unique B&B”. It’s quite twee and he’s not sure if he likes it or not. His 2nd recommendation is “Motorhoming with Merton & Webster”. It’s really good! Eye …
 
This week we explore and listen to extracts of Kenneth Grahame's (1908) children's classic The Wind in the Willows. The story follows of the lives of various (anthropomorphised) animals that live by a river, principally, through Mole (Moley) and the Water Rat (Ratty). Their friend, the wilful, spontaneous, and exuberant Toad (of Toad Hall), acts as…
 
In this Episode we chat to Tilly one of the Co Owners of The Hut Life. The team is made up of four including Liam, Ben and Sophie. Tillys bedroom as a teenager was a shepherds hut and when she came back from Bali feeling a bit lost and in search of a new adventure. Her Dad said why don't you build a shepherds hut ! Liam and Tillys Dad got to it and…
 
Welcome to the podcast of Fran and Rich we are YouTube vloggers 'Floating our Boat' This episode we meet up with fellow narrowboaters and YouTube superstars Jo and Vic from @hollythecafeboat have a great chat. We also discuss what we are reading and where we are going. Find us on https://www.youtube.com/c/FloatingOurBoat http://www.instagram.com/fl…
 
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 with my existential angst at the threat of being robbed of ‘summer’. Journal entry: “19th August, Thursday This week, each day fi…
 
Come with us for a podcast special visit to the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Hear the sounds and imagine the sights as we travel between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West on a small but very special heritage British Railway. Plus... we talk to Jonnie Pay who tells us about the efforts that go in to running the railway and how they go …
 
Under the poplars beside milepost 16 is a place of enchantment and quiet sanctuary, particularly in times of broiling heat. Join me in tonight’s episode as revel in its soundscape and its dappled beauty as we explore its very particular genius loci. You can also hear about the saga concerning our little swan family and what happened this week to th…
 
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 entry: “5th August, Thursday High in a tree a blackbird Sings into the night. A river of notes Pours into the cabin. There are no …
 
This week... Getting technical help. Olympic games… Nick hates all forms of sport so where do we go from here with the Olympic games? Why aren’t activities like cake making in the Games? The dogs next door appear! On Train announcements... Andy’s annoyed. The Marble Arch Mound… you won’t believe it. Plus… Nick tells us about the postcards of Plymou…
 
Shaun is back at the dinette talking to me about his Royal Navy secrets, the funniest thing that happened to him as a bus driver, and explains that Jeff Brazier thing. Join us for 38-minutes of chat as we discuss how to succeed as a YouTube creator, tattoos where tattoos shouldn't be, how we feel about holiday narrowboats, and why I want to work in…
 
For our final summer readings session we are looking at a very different piece of writing. It is Lucy M. Boston’s The River at Green Knowe. Lucy M. Boston is probably better known for her earlier book The Children of Green Knowe for which she was runner up for the 1954 Carnegie Medal for best children’s literature. She would later win it with her f…
 
In this episode we talk to Heather of Travels With Heather. Mindful Living and Sustainability are at Heathers core. But we delve into the realities of the journey from divorce to solo living again. The adventures and plans and actions to live Tiny, in both a studio and a smaller van and how smaller is working for Heather. Based out in Canada this i…
 
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