A moorhen chirps outside your porthole, geese honk hello as they pass by, now and again a kingfisher flies close in a flash of blue And if you're lucky - and you wake early enough - you'll even catch the dawn chorus bursting into life in the quiet morning air. This, this is boatlife on the Grand Union Canal, London. Welcome aboard. Ruth Stokes is author of The Armchair Activist’s Handbook (Silvertail Books) and a content designer in the charity sector. In a former life, she was a journalist for the likes of the Guardian, The Ecologist and New Internationalist.