Monday, 4 January 2010

Drones ,neighbours and yet more snow

Waking up today to yet more lovely snow ,the fire still going from last night i was shocked but not surprised by the first story of the day on the radio.
A report from Liverpool and the first police authority in the country to start to use the drones strange as i was writing only a few months back on my 2050 blog about this very thing even the bloke speaking was a helicopter pilot telling us all how good these drones are and that the money they will save not forgetting the more of our privacy that they will be able to invade at little or no cost

Time to build my anti drone defences i think ???
or maybe just capture them and paint them pink with some flowers and maybe the odd peace banner streaming from the rear as they make their way back to the police base..
Our neighbour Hamish the farmer from further up the glen called in today the first time i have met him he greeted me with the words “i think i may be the barer of bad news “
he had found a collie dog run down further up the road and knew we have a collie but Dylan was home save and well ..

Strange we both thought to have a dog so far away from everything just wandering the mountains ..

He shook my hand and wished me and my family a Happy New year and disappeared of into the blizzard
Then after i had my 5 cups of coffee and 20 fags i set to and cleared the track of the excess snow and filled the bus with 3 days wood set by the burner to dry it out and a quick service of the genny and cleared all the snow and ice from the tv and broadband satellite dishes, i was ready for the day ahead in the mountains and with talk off depleted salt for the roads and continued snow and ice for the next week at least  (the worse winter freeze for over twenty years )knew we were and are in for a wonderful peace filled time, a time to dream and think of this wonderful thing they call LIFE..

p.s maybe it is time to get a snow cat images for next winter ,just have to break that one to Mel gently but i am sure she will come round when i explain that we can nip out  to het her some much needed chocolate .

peace and light from us all here at the wee bus
Andy the dafthermit x

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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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