Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Living off the grid and what it means to me……………

After some hate filled emails comments etc over the last few weeks i thought i would try and explain again why i live off grid ……..

Firstly i realise as humans we all live in a multitude of grids ie electric power grid ,emotional ,money banking etc . but for the purpose of this post i will be talking about living off the electrical grid ,wll mostly.
I have lived over the last 25 years in a multitude of homes everything from benders (tents)to buses cars boats etc
why did i choose this way of life ?
Well after serving in the British army i left and after several jobs i got to the stage where i was doing 3 jobs at once and one night i thought there has to be more than this and after selling or giving away most of my stuff i hit the road .
Over the last 25 years i have watched as the wonderful planet we all call home has been taken more and more for granted , i have watched as new towns and houses encroach on the countryside further and further until now it is hard to tell one town from its neighbour.
While travelling in my bus i have seen the numbers of huge pylons explode until now it is hard to find an area not spoiled by these ugly things and all to serve the needs of our ever increasing electrical demand ,

i live in the wonderful Scottish mountains and here the threat is real that one day all oor glens will be filled with wind farms to serve the villages of the highlands No. to serve the far of towns and cities.
I chose Not to be part of that and have for the last 25 years generated my own power today with the rise in technology it has got easier and easier , i believe strongly in local power supply i also believe it is all our responsibility to do this and not rely on the huge power companies to safe guard our land .
Living of the grid has become a way of life for me and over the years living this way has opened my eyes to so many things we all take for granted .
To attack someone for living of the grid because “ many millions of people have no choice as to living off the grid” is complete madness and is one of the most stupid arguments  i have heard , do you not eat food then, even though millions are starving.
As the electrical grid has expanded it has been responsible for more and more destruction of our environment and to sit and allow this to happen will shame this generation in the future .
Instead of attacking people that are trying to make a difference by living a simple and green life why don’t you simply SHUT UP. and save even more energy .
When it comes to the financial grid here also i have taken action some 20 years ago i sent back my credit cards ( after paying them off) i have no loans no hp and the result i live a happier life away from that  grid , to me the idea of a mortgage that you are forced to pay the house price over and over again simply to fill the bankers pockets is madness . my wee bus cost me £900 some 4 years ago and in it myself my 2 dogs and 2 cats live a free life , no need to worry about rising interest rates or vat rise.

I agree totally in the emotional grid as a human it is so important to be linked into other people across the planet that CARE…
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People that live off the grid cant be put into some wee box they are many and varied the reasons they have chosen this way of life

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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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