Saturday, 29 November 2008

Found this wee one today

Found this wee chap by the bus,but sadly he didn't make it so i buried him under a tree down the lane xx

Fitting A New Kitchen

Chloe and wilkie's wee door i will fit a wee swing door for them 

Nearly forgot the wee cats but fitted them a cat flap botoom right with a wee cutain mel made
Starting to take shape
Mel up now and after crying with joy set to cleaning and fitting some material until i fit the doors 
work surface
Going to have to go on a diet to get through the door 
Door frame taking shape and the right side now ready to build a work surface Mel still asleep she is in for a SHOCK xx
Tap conectted up with running water pure luxurynow to build a door frame and get rid of the old gate
Sink fitted and Custard is checking my work is up to scratch
Oven fitted and ready for mel to make some bread etc
first struts up as you will see no spirit level or plan 
right all the stuff piled up ready to go
so after an hour i had cleared the old kitchen and while Mel slept got ready to fit the new one
Mel has been wanting me to get on with the kitchen ,so last i got on with it this week .

Frosty Morning

Woke to a cold frosty morning with the mist slowly rolling down the hill.So after i got the wood burner going headed out with camers in hand to try and capture some of the beauty surrounding us .I have been really busy fitting a new kitchen to the bus and it is almost there ready to head of again next week .

Monday, 24 November 2008


Hi we just got a text from Simone she is now in Lancaster ,in a B&B having a weeeeell deserved Shower she is hoping to send some pics tom

GO GIRL GO xx lots of love andy& mel xx

Time To Treat Mel To A Meal

                                   And to round of a perfect day 
                                                Guess the view makes up for it not being a top notch mealery
                                               A well earned meal at Oasis you deserve it babe 

Off To Help A Couple Of Friends

                                        the view on the way home 
Woke up at 4.30 to a howling gale buffeting the old bus i love the feeling as the old girl sways in the wind reminding of my days on my wee boat on the river tyne.
I got a message from a dear friend who was struggling with all the things he has to do to get his lovely new horsebox home on the road full time .
What an amazing drive through the rolling hills of crawford john to leadhills  the snow had come quickly during the night leaving a lovely even though thin blanket of snow .

Friday, 21 November 2008

Someone who is not fooled me thinks ....

Mad aussie on Walkabout


Simone is now south of Penrith

she is on a really nice farm ,settling down to have a well deserved meal and sends her regards to all

our wee Blog :

BY LUANNE as seen on a friend's page

Fluid Like a River

Living Like Water 

The journey of water as it flows upon the earth 

can be a mirror of our own paths through life. 

Water begins its residence on Earth as it falls

from the sky or melts from ice and cascades 

down a mountain into a tributary or stream. 

In the same way, we come into the world and 

begin our lives on Earth. Like a river that flows

within the confines of its banks, we are born

with certain defining characteristics that 

govern our identity. We are born in a particular

time and place, into a specific family, and with 

certain gifts and challenges. Within these 

parameters, we move through life, 

encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles

along the way—just as a river flows. 


Water is a great teacher that shows us how 

to move through the world with grace, ease, 

determination, and humility. When a river

breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and 

moves on. As we encounter our own waterfalls,

we may fall hard, but we always keep going.

Water can inspire us not to become rigid with 

fear or hold fast to what is familiar. Water is 

brave and does not waste time clinging to its 

past but flows onward without looking back. 

At the same time, when there is a hole to be 

filled, water does not flee from it, fearful of the 

dark; instead, it humbly and bravely fills the 

empty space. In the same way, we can face 

the dark moments of our life rather than 

running away from them. 


Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. 

Water does not hold back from joining with a 

larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity 

or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles 

into the vastness by contributing its energy 

and merging without resistance. Each time 

we move beyond our individual egos to

become part of something bigger, we can try 

our best to follow the lead of the river. 

On your Bike

The weather last night turned chilly and the wind got up but I knew i was going for the move.
So with a loving kiss from mel i jumped into the little red van and with a final check that all was ok,headed of down the road .
We had scouted a parkup some 16 miles up the road but as always when i head of you can never know where the road will take you i love that freedom of change.
But after 30 to 40 mins i pulled into the parkup we had seen and after a bit of manouvering got the caravan and van how i wanted it ready to park the bus next to it .
Then grabbing a cup of cofffee mel had made for me and a fag i phoned mel to say all is ok .
She had everything done back at the last parkup including depositing the cats into their baskets always a laugh especially Chloe she turned into some sort of Tazmanian Devil with legs splaid and noises eminatting from her like some horrror movie ,but i have learned over the years the trick is not to let her see the basket the quickly spin round and RAM her into it with LOVE.
and quickly close the gate before those long sharp claws grab the tip of your finger..
Wilkie the other cat is totally laid back and just goes in without complaint .

So with a last check around the van i grabbed my bike and headed of down the road wobbling from side to side for the first few yards intil i settled into the ride.
The wind by now had picked up but luckily it was behind me as if a huge had was pushing me gently up the hill .

by half way my legs felt like lead weights and the rain had started but push on is all you can do then i saw the candle Mel had placed at the front of the bus and i skidded into our old park up mel was there waiting and gave me a huge hug 

While mel made the coffee i thought i would fire the bus up to get her ready for the wee jont down the road but the battery was flat yet again so after connecting the charger she fired up and a couple of sips of coffee we were of down the road to our new Home ..

P.S   What ever you do always make sure you close the burner door right, we woke up this morning and noticed that custard looked like he had been down a mine.
When we both looked at each another we were the same .
guess we lived up to the sign in the window MINGERS ALERT ...

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Wonderful Words

William Henry Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

from simone

Updated 18 November 2008:

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.

I'm walking from John O'Groats in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall and camping most of the time too! At this time of year! Impressed? Donate money! Think I'm insane? Donate money! I started on 18 October 2008 - who knows when I'll finish?

And now I'm in Carlisle, the 300 mile point, one third of the way through my journey.

There are some questions I know people want answers to. How heavy is my pack? Oh, only 50 pounds. (My feet hate me.) What the heck am I carrying that weighs that much? Well, after I threw out the hairdryers, iron saucepans, spare lead boots and full set of dumb bells, I was left with a tent, two sleeping mats, two sleeping bags (it gets COLD in the hills!), mini-kettle and stove, a packet of dried soup and about 300 socks (which I wear all at the same time in order to provide some cushioning for my poor feet).

And the big question: what are the top five CDs found by the side of the road? (1) Celtic Folk Music; (2) Dire Straights; (3) Irish Folk Music; (4) Abba; (5) Dolly Parton. Of course, this list may change as I travel further south and I will keep you updated on this vital information.

People are being incredibly kind and generous - check out my new buddies, Mel and Andy at - and I would like to say a big THANK YOU for the many free cups of tea and other goodies good samaratins have pressed upon me as I staggered past looking quite pathetic and sweaty.

Also, I was interviewed by the the Carluke Gazette, and they promised to put my photo on their site, but I can't find it!

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor me: Cancer Research UK gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.

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update on Simone

Simone update a wee email from her :

You guys are SO GREAT!  I'm in Carlisle (hurrah!  300 miles down, 600 to go!), I've had a shower (mmmm, clean...), and my clothes are being washed as I type!  Life is good.  Also I just me the CUTEST pair of Labrador puppies, and I finally spoke to my boyfriend - he's pleased to hear from me, but still miserable about being sick, which is understandable, the poor darling.

I'm just about to update my justgiving page - I'm going to try to copy the photo from your website, I hope that's okay with you, and I'm going to put a link to your website too so that everyone can see how FABULOUS you both are!

How are you doing?  Where abouts are you?  I've been telling all my friends about you and how I want a bus like yours, and dogs like yours, in fact I want your life!

Love and kisses to you and my furry friends - I'd better get on and get updating,


Monday, 17 November 2008

Hi i have just been given two amazing pictures that i will be loading onto etsy for people to download if they donate to "justgiving" blackbus £1,000,000 challenge

The pictures are from a friend called Jim tor who lives in norwich and produces some outstanding photography if you would like a copy then email me and i will send it to you all i ask is that you pay a small donation min£2

Saturday, 15 November 2008

On The Move Tonight

Well we never managed to get going last night as some huge clouds rolled in and deposited a few inches of the wet stuff.
So we decided to have a wee drink and listen to some music ,mel bussied herself making to new cushions for her new chairs.
I heard some Roy Harper stuff last night and it took me right back to my convoy days around stonehenge 
Woke this morning to sun sunshine flooding into the bus so all being well we will get some miles under our belt today 

Mel has been wittering into my ear ever since she seen the table tui had fitted into his and & Rima's horsebox so i got up at 5.00am and while she slept i fitted a table for her 

Friday, 14 November 2008

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

It's The Magical Super Fit hermit

well maybe

Next year the Tour de France

Some wee pics of my first ride on the weee bike

We Done It

Well we done it ,Last night under an amazing glowing moon we fired up the old girl and after a few checks headed out of Beattock summit,a wonderful parkup that allowed mel time to relax and get into a much better head state.
We have only moved 8-10 miles up the road into anther old parkup where i will do some more quick jobs then head of tonight or tomorrow .
I really enjoyed the cycle back to get the van and caravan ,but i am so unfit puff puff ..
well i will post some pics of the new parkup and the many to come .

Soooooooooooooo Good to be on the open road again

some pics of our first parkup :

Monday, 10 November 2008

Trying to get back on the road again

Well we still haven't headed of as yet.
I think it is because we have stood still so long ,we are both so excited about hitting the road and have decided to get up early tomorrow and go for it.
I know that once we have moved a couple of times we will be kicking ourselves for not going sooner ,the strange thing is i really enjoy the nerves and then overcoming them
We have both been shocked by the ammount of people wanting to help us move be it drive the bus or help moving the caravan.
Well it will be an early night then offffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Thursday, 6 November 2008

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