Thursday, 30 December 2010
"Scotland is currently undergoing massive cuts imposed by an unelected Conservative administration. Whilst several activist groups have taken a stand against the government none have offered a real alternative and are all fighting for individual issues such as education or the arts. It is time for Scotland to show, as a united front, that we will no longer submit to consecutive British governments that do not serve the best interests of our society. Scotland’s real alternative is independence."
the wee rusty tin can will be there
I would like to thank every for all your comments on my work over the last year , with 2011 fast approaching i am so looking forward to the coming year with loads of plans for the Scratchy heed film studio in the pipe line ..
As we reach over 500 subscribers to this wee blog i want to wish you all an amazing year and hope what ever you dream ,comes true.
It still shocks me that sitting here in the old truck we have been able to reach out to so many amazing people that have continued to inspired me.
To all the people that have sent me emails stating my work has helped them in some small way may 2011 be the best one yet
So with a full glass (orange juice ) i raise a glass too you and look forward to the next journey
love and light from us all in the wee tin can xxx
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
some of my pics over at photobox
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
This is a wee story that came oot a simple comment from a good friend:
Hi Andy & Mel :) xxx
Another year passes... So pleased to have you guys as part of my journey. I see from the video you guys have been enduring that weather. I have been thinking of you guys as the weather is quite crazy right now. I have a friend that is stranded in Scotland at the moment and his wife is worried he may not even get back for Christmas. We just got our first snow 2 days ago. I hope you are keeping warm. I had a very random dream last night that I visited you both and brought you a new shelf...??? I don't know what it means if anything but was good to see you both hehe :)
Have a wonderful season with the clan!!!
Much Love and Many Blessings to you both xxx
we are warm and cosy in the highlands enjoying this amazing winter , i hope your friends husband gets home for xmas .
much love light and happiness for you and your family this coming year xx
ps wee story aboot shelf bringers
After reading your comment about your dream i went off in search of the answer:
After asking around i was eventually told by Hamish my friend i should visit Warty Mary a wee woman of many many years ,that lives in the other glen at the foot of a huge waterfall and a small forest surrounding her small twig hoose
after a walk of 30 miles through six foot drifts the northern wind blowing sending the temp to below –30 and drifts of fluffy snow in all directions ..
I arrived at the old oak ivy covered door a huge head of a stag was the knocker
so gently i banged on the door at first ,but remembering some advice that Warty Mary was deaf i banged louder and louder until a shreeled voice screamed ok ,ok dinnay break my knocker ….
I have to admit Michelle at this point i paniced and almost legged it back to the safety of our wee bus but i wanted to find the answer for my dear friend .
so i stood firm as the door creaked open , a head appeared and shouted What, What,what do you want as i was aboot to answer her
a huge black crow squaked and squeezed oot the opening and angrily headed off into the field beyond.
Stealing myself i said Mary
i was told you might be able to help me .Hamish sent me, at this she said och wee hamish mon in and have a wee warm by the fire son.
Sitting at the fire a wee dram on the table Mary leaned forward and asked what could she do
i said that a friend had had a dream
at that she leaned forward smoke from her pipe enveloped me and she whispered in my ear it is not me that can answer your question but my sister
Smelly Melly is the Dreamer
when the smoke cleared warty mary had gone for the first time i looked around the room
ever nook and cranny was stuffed with sticks masks pictures books and much much more ….
As i looked at the rug my feet were resting on it seemed to move i blinked and looked again but nothing i put it doon to the smoke and laughed inside.
i looked at the door wondering what i should do when a noise on the stairs clamped me firmly to the chair .
i couldn’t think what on earth could make such a noise my brain searched for answers then one popped into my mind the sound was that off hundreds off tiny feet moving as one to the door i was starring at ..
smoke began to fill the room squeezing in through the gaps on the old door then the brass knob turned slowly and the door began to open .
I watched as what i thought had to be Smelly Melly glided into the room and with no arm or leg movement made her way to the large chair to the right of the log fire.
from under her cloak thousands of rats that had carried her in emerged and sat and looked up at he woman
her arms reached out and she began to sprinkle what looked like bread saying eat, eat my wee friends .
She lowered herself into the chair and only then did she raise her face to look at me
I am Smelly Melly : TELL ME YOUR DREAM
at first i was unable to speak i just sat fixed on the vision in front of me
one eye starred at me changing colour at will
where the other eye should have been nothing but a dark empty space with what looked like moss on the edges
a steady stream of tobacco coloured dribbles ran doon her face and onto the red cloak where what looked like months of other dribbles had long since dried to form a dark crust on her shoulder.
her hair was thin spruce twigs with lichen embedded
She once again asked
TELL ME YOUR DREAM
and hurry up about it i am busy
i explained Michelle about your dream
but before i could even finish she stood up and withoot looking at me the very colour draining from her face she screamed louder and louder as she flew oot the door all i heard was not the shelf
over and over again
so sorry my friend i haven’t been able to find the answer to your dream but will keep trying
love and light
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Sunday, 19 December 2010
Why i blog make wee films and take pictures about living a simple green life , well the many i comments and emails i get like the one below are what drive me on to improve my blogs etc ..
Many thanks to all for all the wonderful birthday wishes i have recieved and i would like to take this time to wish you all a wonderul 2011 love light and much happiness...
Hi andy and mel :D was lookin at your site and stuff this time last year thinking how wonderfull to live the dream.....well my friends ive been on the road since easter and a big thank you, because people like you to wonderfull people made me realise i too could do it :D
Friday, 17 December 2010
I try to live as simple and green a life as possible, I live in an old bus here in the Scottish mountains where through my blogs, films, pictures and stories i try to share with people the joy in a simple life.
I have had three of my films shown at the 2010 Loch Ness film festival a few of my stories published in the local paper as well as one of my pics in the Scottish Field Magazine.
I am based at the moment in the highlands of Scotland. Please contact me if you'd like to hire me
My friend Tui and his wonderful haunting music , hope you enjoy
love and light from the wee scratchy heed studio under tons of snow. MAGIC
Everyone should dance at least once under a winter mountain rainbow..
I woke this morning with my big toe peeking oot from the duvet. And before i woke fully. A ball of fur flew through the air .
With claws extented my cat sits and purrs at her latest succesful hunt..
As the sun this morning rose the north wind said not today and blew clouds rolled in till the sun was no more
Good luck Voyager......
Set your camera to macro and leap into a wonderful hidden world
Soaring high in the mountains with my wee heart fit to burst the simple joy at having finished my latest wee film. Love and light x..........
Is there anything funnier than your dog farting and THAT
Look of utter confusion..............
Irn bru snowmam . brillant..........
Stop the world i want to get off oh shit i forgot i HAVE....
One angry wee hermit . People that attack others for caring are worse than SCUM.............
BAD DAY yesterday must be getting old only managed to smoke 120 fags eat 15 cakes and drink 20 cups of coffee............
Buses for homes the ultimate recyclying
Imagine being known forever as the guy that poked Camilla is that not enough punishment ........
enjoying a wonderful storm in the Scottish highlands...........
Off tonight to hit the skips to see what goodies have been thrown oot Free shopping and saves a wee bit of landfill............
Living off the grid makes more and more sense it is not just for weirdos like me.
It is a way to take control good for the planet and your wallet..........
Tailgaters are a pain in the rear..........
Had a good moan at Frank the wind genny anyway it worked and we got free power during the night...........
So glad i ditched credit cards over 20 years ago............
To live in the highlands and still have a face like a slapped arse your heart MUST be cold beyond belief...........
The closer i get to death the younger i get...............
To dance alone in the high mountain glens you learn we are never alone....
A drive through the Scottish mountains not only sets your soul free it links you to oor past.............
Just had someone explain to me what a mortgage is sorry at 50 still dont get it..
Weather forecasters just bring us the weather and NOT your negative thoughts...
The simple joy of being a dog lover chasing them around trying to convince them that that frozen turd is NOT
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
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…
peace and light
a wee fat uneducated git..
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
Monday, 13 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Some of the finest traditional music & song, from Scotland.
3, 4, and 5 piece band
Gregor Lowrey, Kirsten Easdale, Lionel McClelland, Pete Clark, Marc Duff
O Lord, when hunger pinches sore,
Do thou stand us in stead,
And send us from thy bounteous store
A tup or wether-head!
O Lord, since we have feasted thus,
Which we so little merit,
Let Meg now take away the flesh,
And Jock bring in the spirit!
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My friend Daves site showing all the vehicles used as homes
Friday, 10 December 2010
Love and light
Creative Boom Scotland
Quick links to various pages/sites within the Blackbus blog
- My journey into the Abyss a brush with suicide
- Just me thinking out loud
- Some off my posts over the last year
- Mels poetry
- Some fellow bloggers i follow
- Living off the grid
- Blackbus and horsebox conversions
- My photo shop/gallery and you tube films
- Blackbus blog reviews on Link referal
- My blog feeds
- Blackbus on Facebook
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