Friday, 1 October 2010


After the last hectic few weeks ,it felt good to be sitting next to a wee fire outside ,the smoke reaching high into the night sky
and just as i like to live my life it made its way slow and gentle towards the stars on this clear night.
To the east the moon climbs up and over the mountain summit and starts its gentle ark across the night sky ,the same journey it has done countless times over millions of years  and all at the exact distance so we are able on rare occasions to witness an eclipse ,truly one of natures wonders..

As i sat there dreaming of time and distance to the north a far off sound started to fill the wee glen
at first hard to make out but quickly i saw it was a huge skeen of geese at least 80 birds and as they drew closer the noise of their hectic and hurried journey filled my heart
I watched as they made their way South but never in a straight line more as a drunk trying  to make his way home
first this way then that , 3 geese were tailed of at the rear their voices chattering louder and louder as if asking those in front to please slow down
i watched in awe at this spectacle another of natures wonders then my heart soared at the sheer visual beauty as the birds all made their way across the face of the moon
as the last bird disappered south and out of view i looked at the ground and a few yards from the fire i noticed a layer of frost had started to cover all in its way the screen of the car covered as if in a million diamonds flickered under the light from the moon

For the next hour silence wonderful silence my mind drifting and racing but above all my thanks to the mountains of Scotland for all that they do .
From the east the  mist formed in the glen then drifted over towards the bus withing half an hour i couldnt see further than a few yards but the mist was only sitting at about four feet and as i stood up all the summits of the surrounding mountains was visible as if hundreds of little islands on the ocean
sitting back down i grabbed another log and placed it on the fire a grunt then another escaped the mist louder and louder closer and closer the sound growing and echoing all around the fire
From the bank of fog 5 deer emerged  their fur overed in white crystals all in amazing condition truly one of natures wonders
and as quickly as they had arrived at the fire they disappeared ..

the grunting and barking was still filling the wee glen then i watched as the mist drifted apart to reveal a huge stag his head tilted to the moon standing proud on  the rock he looked at me and the dogs and with a single bark leapt from the rock and he to was gone truly one of natures wonders.

Sleep began to overtake and my bed called so after checking the fire would be ok i headed with dylan and custard to bed

another magical filled day in the highlands had ended..

Peace and light

Andy the Dafthermit..

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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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