Saturday, 11 June 2011

Catching up with all the comments , emails etc and as always blown away bye the wonderful comments

Catching up with all the comments , emails etc and as always blown away bye the wonderful comments


many thanks all for the recommendations on STIK 


  • Andy Dafthermit Lowe · Top Commenter · Hermitage Academy

    love and light from the rusty wee tin can

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    • Sophia Suleyman · Professor at The Eden Project

      A Man with a massive heart, Integrity and passion for his art, 'Takes only film and leaves only footprints'!

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      • Thecanadian Bob · They never built one that could hold me

        Andys a treasure living a simple green life contributing his art.
        I wish I had the guts to emulate him.
        Hes a genuinely decent person who's quick to laugh at himself a talented man of very little ego and a lot of love in his heart.

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        • Brian Kelly · Works at Royal Engineers

          Interesting, Inventive and Independant. Watch, read and learn as Andy tries out a very different life and brings a bit of light into this dreary world that we inhabit. One of the good guys.

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          • 'Stonehenge Freefestivaltwo' · 26 years old

            Seems cool to me!

            1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · Wednesday at 19:38

            • Steve Elliott · Editor at Village Voice Media

              Andy Dafthermit Lowe is one of the most talented photographers in Scotland -- and the world.

              2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · June 6 at 2:04am

              • Allan Stevenson · Menzieshill High School

                Andy...a man of many talents and am thoroughly delighted to recommend this hardworking individual, a facebook legend in his own time!

                1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 07 June at 21:57

                • Dave Newington · SWTC

                  Andy - a great ad for the Green Life in Scotland but not to the extent of spoiling the natural beauty of my Home Country.

                  Like · Reply · Subscribe · June 7 at 11:06am

                • Johnny McCloskey · Full-Time Nappy Changer, Part-Time Musician at Me

                  Andy is an artist who sees the beauty in all things ;-).

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · June 5 at 6:05pm

                • Linda Curran · Denny, Falkirk

                  Scratchy Heed Film Studio is a must to see....created byAndy Dafthermit Lowe, check it out now xxx.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · June 4 at 3:42pm

                • Christine Mccallum

                  Andy is amazing.He does so many things:Videos, music, youtube, writing, photography and self sufficiency.And if you need him he is only a click away.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 30 May at 18:27

                • Mary Nethercutt · Logansport, Indiana

                  Andy has always been a very good friend on facebook , I would recommended for anything that comes up.

                  1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · 27 May at 23:08

                • Around Scotland · Denny, Falkirk

                  Andy Dafthermit Lowe and Mel (the Hippy Hermit) are two of the nicest people you're ever likely to "meet" on facebook... check them and their Scratchy Heed Film Studio out, you won't regret it!;).

                  2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 26 May at 11:19

                • Catherine Shanahan · St. Anne's Secondary School, Dublin

                  Hey Andy, only too delighted to recommend you. Andy is incredibly talented, has created some amazing videos and blogs and I admire what he does and how he lives his life. He leads a very inspirational life. Andy is one of the most genuine, honest people I've connected with online, he is very giving and caring when it comes to others. He has loads to offer this amazing world of ours. He rocks! :-) ☯ ♥.

                  3 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 24 May at 12:26

                • Kirstie McCrory · University of Sussex

                  Very glad to recommend Andy Dafthermit Lowe, I concur with previous writers, Andy is a genuine guy. Love what he's doing living the simple life up there in the cold. If I were a hardier type I'd be more jealous. Despite living in the wilds he beavers away and produces some fantastic photographs and videos whilst finding the time to help others. Well done Andy, I commend you and your life.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 26 May at 06:46

                • Sean Whittaker · Works at I beg you pardon!


                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 25 May at 12:06

                • John Hunter

                  Andy's does great work from his humble abode I'm the Highlands breathtaking compositions I'm a wide ranging media.

                  4 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 20 May at 21:35

                • Robert Dudgeon · Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

                  Andy sits on the "Top Shelf" and I am proud to call him a friend.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 24 May at 03:17

                • Ana Laing

                  Andy's work is always brilliant, fascinating and wonderfully moving and funny. Totally recommend Andy for his work.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 24 May at 00:12

                • Stephen Vaughan · Mobile services operative at Emcor Group

                  I've been enjoying Andy's postings and movies on Youtube for a couple of years now, his sincerity, creativity and humour shine off the screen. One of these days he will be in when I visit him.

                  1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 23 May at 19:37

                • Gavin Manby · Borve, Eilean Siar, United Kingdom

                  A great guy, with a cracking talent.

                  2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 22 May at 18:54

                • Pip Pips · Wealden school of nursing

                  beautiful photos and videos from a man who lives a green life truly among the highlands.

                  2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 22 May at 16:16

                  • Rosie Emil · Kuching, Malaysia

                    Andy is great, hard working and fantastic photographer of scotland, which he is care more about people of beautiful world.

                    4 · Unlike · Reply · Unsubscribe · 20 May at 06:36

                  • Ritva Kurittu

                    Both Andy's videos and photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. He unites this gift with his battle to safeguard Scotland's pure and beautiful nature. How can anybody not recommend him? :)

                    2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 21 May at 20:57

                  • Michelle Yd Frost · Clarendon School for Girls

                    Wonderful photos from a man who really SEES Nature.

                    1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 22 May at 08:08

                  • Terry John Woods · Works at Artist, author, but designer first

                    andy your posts make me smile everyday...thanks for being green and a facebook friend.

                    2 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 21 May at 00:38

                  • Peggy Whiteman · Kokomo, Indiana

                    Andy, makes beautiful videos of Scotland, and he and Mel, share videos of there life, I look forward to seeing all they post, very good people w/ good minded goals, very nice people to have as friends!

                    1 · Unlike · Reply · Unsubscribe · 20 May at 08:16

                  • Sally Hope

                    Andy has done some amazing videos to my music, he is a fantastic photographer with stunning shots of Scotland that take your breath away, he is also a lovely heart centered friend who truly cares deeply about people and our beautiful world.

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                    • Andy Dafthermit Lowe · Top commenter · Hermitage Academy

                      Hi Sally many thanks my friend , it has been wonderful working with you and your music is above inspirational simply wonderful love and light my wee welshie friend xx

                      Like · Reply · 20 May at 12:08

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                    1 · Unlike · Reply · Subscribe · 25 May at 00:31

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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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