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Jack frost has paid a visit this morning here in the East End, a good hard frost has cast its veil across the country and has had me thinking of a magical Podcast about the Fenland skaters written by Roger Deakin and read by Robert MacFarlane. This podcast came to mind, not only by the frozen view from my window but also I have started to read Robert MacFarlane’s new book ‘The Old Ways’ a wonderfully rich book describing his journey’s on foot in England, Scotland and further afield.


Roger’s wonderful description and Robert’s narration, highlighted with sound by Chris Watson, creates a tingling atmosphere of the past when once every generation or so, the Fens froze over and opened themselves up as highways of speed and exhilaration in an area that once had no roads and life was very slow.

This really is worth sitting back and listening to, just click on the link and scroll down to the bottom.

Audio – Caught by the River.