Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The Creeping Bloody nanny State …..I Love to smoke 100 fags a day and eat cakes till they emerge from my bloody ears..and if you dont like it sod off with your unwanted bloody advice..


Time for a rant ,and god do i need one..


If i see another bloody advert on tele in the papers or on the radio about giving up smoking i swear to god i will bloody explode….


First smoking as far a as i know is still bloody legal,

yet anyone who does it is now is  made to feel like some god dam stinking lepper that has crawled out of the swamp,,,,

even by the git behind the counter that has just served you with a smug smile yet they still accept the £9 or £10 odd the packet  of baccy cost..

Then you have to find a wee dark dingy whole to puff on your legally bought fag and if spotted you are given a look of disgust by most people it seems today..

WELL SOD IT i have smoked for a little over 35 years now and i love it , and as far as i am concerned if you dont like it then bloody sod of with your patronising language etc


Dont get me wrong if you don’t smoke fair enough you shouldn’t have to put up with it,and you should therefore have carrages on a train for smokers and non smokers  pubs etc etc etc

just the same as if i disagree about air traffic, i ,oh no wait a moment i have no choice the gits that have turned there noses up at me for smoking can sit in their sterile clean enviromet and merrily  fly past chucking tons off shit on me as they wing their way to the sun ,,,,sods…++


Bloody democracy my arse the nanny blanket state rules well sod them …




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The Holdfast Seeker: Eating locally: the CSA farm share

The Holdfast Seeker: Eating locally: the CSA farm share

Saturday, 27 June 2009

360 the joy of life



Throughout my life i have always been fascinated by circles,i am busy at the moment trying to get my 360 project together this is everything to do with 360 be it 360 degrees equals a circle to 360 seconds for wee films,

As a traveller i find that going to or passing a place i was at many years ago amazing first realising that another circle in life has been completed and this always allows me time to think where and what i have done in the proceeding time ..


be it our planet a near circle to a single drop of water the circle is such an important shape in our daily life’s… 

earth-light glowing-sun-sun-prominence-swEternal Cycle

standing on a mountain side and simply turning full circle enables you to capture the complete view and i believe that in life we have to at times stand and look around us at our past and future to truly understand who we are as individuals ..

Picking up a camera a little over a year ago has taken me on a massive journey both in what it has enabled me to see as well as help me to look both outwards and more surprising to me inwards ..

I believe that we live in this modern world which if we allow it will drives us faster and faster with no time to think..

Monday, 22 June 2009

Happiness & the Mountains

I am at my happiest when i am sat on a wee rock ,feet dangling in some wee burn and not another living soul is in sight and no

signs of man can be seen ..

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Yesterday i sat for hours just watching the surrounding nature with all its glory unfurl before me from the deer that often visit us to some sky larks showing off their display ..

The sheer delight of the mountains always has a lovely humbling effect on me

To watch some clouds hit the edge of the mountain and then losing their battle with it have no choice but slide gently down the mountain edge to the awaiting glen then carry on rolling towards the river

and the sky one second shrouded in cloud the next almost a brilliant blue untouched from horizon to horizon , but to me my favourite time is when a storm begins to brew usually from the west and far out into the Atlantic where huge storms are born daily .

The dafthermit

got a lovely email last night from PE in New York they want to use some of my pictures for next years Yearbook amazing but crazy to think that some of my wee pictures will be in New York

Monday, 15 June 2009

Save A Hermit Buy A Print



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At last i have managed to get the old brain cells to sort of work and i have managed to load my prints up to the printers.

Now i have set up a wee Gallery & Shop were you can buy anything from a 20p card right up to full canvas prints .

I hope you will pop over and let me know what you think ?

Already i have sold 6 prints and i have had so many wonderful emails full of encouragement about my work

To me the whole joy of getting the laptop and camera has been that i can bring through my stories and pictures some smiles to people all across the world amazing..

So just to say a MASSIVE thanks to everyone lots of love the dafthermit

Saturday, 13 June 2009

First Fugi shot

first fugi shot
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The Holdfast Seeker: Estimate your water footprint

The Holdfast Seeker: Estimate your water footprint

Hope not hate

I got an email from our friend Adrian today and he has given me a link to this amzing site.

HOPE not hate please take a minute to pop over and sign the petition

For years i have been talking about the Natzis rising again and been met most of the time by smiles and worse laughs but at last people are begining to wake up to what will happen if we do nothing

so please take a minute and wander to the site

ps thanks again Adrian and to all the guys at Hope not hate site keep up the amazing work

LOVE AND PEACE from the daft hermit x

Friday, 12 June 2009

Ugg Boots - Factory Direct

Ugg Boots - Factory Direct

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

New Gallery & Shop


Well after much head scratching i finally got my images up to my gallery and the wee shop is now ready, i hope you will take the time to have a look and tell me what you think.

You can get to the shop via the picture at the top left on the home page..

We went to Dingwall last night on one of our midnight runs and what a journey if ever you are feeling down with life you must come to the highlands .

The joy of travelling the wide open roads together with the scenery will restore you to complete well being,


We headed back to the hermit lodge just as the sun was rising and the colours from the mountains simply takes my breathe away every time i travel that road it is like the first time something new awaits you around every corner ..


Well better head of with my new camera and see if i can capture something of this natural beauty


Happy travels all

Save A Hermit Buy A PrintFramed and collages etc

Andy The Dafthermit xx

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Roughing It and Helipads

Love and peace from the hermit lodge….

Well finally crashed into my bed after being awake for most of the last three days.

So many ideas are coming to me at the moment and the fun of trying to get them all done is so exciting …

I have to go to Inverness and rough it for a day but i won’t let it get me down we all have to take the rough with the smooth as i am told..

It is amazing how many wonderful people we are getting to meet even miles away from anywhere

Yesterday a 4x4 pulled in and the bloke (Jimmy from Stornaway )was running out of fuel and after a lovely chat i sorted him out and on his way he went..

Spent 8 hrs loading some pictures onto the printers ready for the gallery and shop ,but with the last picture loading up i lost the signal i guess Barny the sea eagle was back on the mast i am glad that as Mel says i am so lucky to have patience and i will try again today.

Living miles from the mains etc is so good but things have to be done in a different way but slowly i am getting there i sorted the satellite for mel and she now has 180 channels to keep her happy..

My first few films on the you tube have brought so many wonderful comments from people all over the world and apart from a few hiccups it is going well not bad considering i only use a dial up here in the mountains ..

Watching my gallery build has brought me even more pleasure it is so lovely to see my pictures taking shape and being displayed…

and thanks Julieanne for being my first customer lots of love to you and our prayers go out to you and your sister at this tough time xx

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So to all our wonderful friends love and peace from the hermit lodge up here in the amazing highlands of Scotland xx

The helipad in the title is just another dream i have so many bloody dreams as Mel says ..

Andy the dafthermit

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Friday, 5 June 2009

Dafthermit Highland wanders music by the Peatbog Faeries

a wee film

Dafthermit Highland wanders with a wee touch of Africa

hope you enjoy

Peatbog plus pictures dvd 1 0001

faeries plus hermit pics

Dafthermit 3 0001

another wee film

peace and love to all our friends

10 Years Married Today

Today it is 10 years since we were married in Newbury,amazing how quickly time flies we had planned to go to Ullapool for the day but Mel decided she would rather spend the day at home.

I thought i would post a wee poem Mel has written to mark the day ..



Colours explode in the early light of day.

I stand to let my eyes caress

The curves and contours of a world through air so clear

This clean and noiseless land

Save the shushing of the sea

The quiet calling of the gulls as if to you and me

Here to me ,questions come you know

Just what are we within all things ?

Perhaps some answers in these lands of space

and time and light

Lost highland clans more wild,more FREE…

and a wee film for my beautiful wife to listen and watch

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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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