Tuesday, 29 December 2009

End of year sort out

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With the end of the year approaching i thought it was time to try and get the blog into some sort of order
As in life away from the net i am a hoarder and struggle to let things go that i have found discarded along the way either in skips or in the hedgerow 
So a couple of nights ago i set to and dived in to the blog and slowly it is taking shape and i hope this will make it easier to navigate your way around my work.
I finally got the roof up and insulated inside the wee room that is my study inside the horsebox and so i am able to write without the constant drip drip from the fibre glass roof ,sometimes i have to admit it felt like Chinese torture as with frozen fingers and soaking hat i tried to write and answer my mail and write my posts for my various blogs
anyway i hope you like the new look Blackbus blog and any comments on how to improve it further would be gladly accepted
peace and light to you all and many thanks for all the wonderful emails and comments i have received over the year ..
again it is the simple things in life that to me mean the most..
Thought for the day :
I asked Mel what she thought was more valuable her loving husband or a pile of wood and no surprise the answer came back “A PILE OF WOOD “so at the age of 49 i have come to accept that in the mountains i am less useful than a pile of WOOD..

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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