This week the rains swept in pushed by great fronts of ocean air – moisture from places with magical names that I hear on the shipping forecast and can only imagine. Life around progressed without a murmur and the ground drank heavily.
In this episode we listen to the rain and to Thomas Merton. We also thinking about casting clouts and what that might mean.
“7th May, Friday
It was -1⁰ when I got up this morning.
The sky was lightening in the east
and the trees and hedgerows,
beside the night-edged cut, sang.
Buttery waves of golden light
wash over the retreating frost.
The sky is blue as Penny and I
Walk on starfields of ice.
They glitter and sparkle,
But not as brightly as the notes
Of the blackbird’s song, that pour
From that tree, over there,
In the corner.”
The Mindful Narrowboat vlog
You can enjoy Vanessa’s (and Zephyr, her dog) mindful narrowboat adventures cruising on NB Alice Grace by following The Mindful Narrowboat vlog.
In this episode I read a passage from Thomas Merton’s (2003) When the Trees say Nothing. Notre Dame: Sorin Books.
I also read ‘Sheep in the Rain’ by Tom Hennen which can be found in his (2013) Darkness Sticks to Everything. Washington: Copper Canyon Press.
I also refer to:
Ruth Binney (2010) Weather Lore. Country Words and Country Ways series. Cincinnati: David and Charles.
Charles Dack (1911) Weather and Folklore of Peterborough and District. Peterborough: Peterborough Natural history, Scientific, and Archaeological Society.
Miles Hadfield (1950) An English Almanac. London: JM Dent and Sons.
In the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at archive.org.
Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded to Freesound.org on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence.
Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.
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