Friday, 9 April 2010

Hermit is Back

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Well i am back after a wonderful day spent away from the computer ,and now my wee head is full of even more ideas for films and more stories that is the trouble with living in such an inspiring place LOL.
We as always had a wonderful trip down from the mountains and met up with so many friends
My wee story The Final leap has now been published in the Auchnesheen and Garve paper so strange and exciting to see my wee story in print i have been asked to do more so will quite happily bore the highland folk with more tales from the burner / tin can.
Hamish my friend managed to watch Arthritis i love to boogie which i did for him on a DVD and loved it ,to me to see someone smile at my work is worth all the money in the world ..
The festival is slowly taking off and it feels so much better this time i refuse to let the moaners and negative views stop me and what i love to do which is to meet inspiring people and to help as much as i can .
Jackie the lady that runs the paper done a wee piece in her paper about someone that had complained about not enough editorial and to many adverts
she was forced to check it out and printed the results
and stated that if you want more stories then send them in ??????

this to me is exactly what i am talking about it is easy to knock something that a person has worked hard on EVEN when you get it free
I say keep your negative thoughts to yourself and get off your arse and start to take an active roll instead ,then you may even find out how much actual time and effort goes into these things ,that you so easily knock..

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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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