Thursday, 31 March 2011

This poem was born and written in our tin can in the highlands of scotland mel

Seeking silence .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seeking silence
Looking for space
I found the bathroom was the place
Frosted waves on window pane sending ripples wide awake
Sun tinted gold and silver on waves
Thats were i found my favourite place.
Mel x

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Peace love and happiness

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A wee poem by me mel written in the highlands of scotland

The ash fairy
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
They thought me once a magic tree of wondrous lucky charm
And at the door they planted me to keep the house from harm
They have no fear of witchcraft now yet here am i today
Ive hung my berries from the bough
And merrily i say
Come all you blackbirds bring your wives your sons and daughters too
The finest banquiet of your lives
Is here prepared for you.

Mel x

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A wee poem from me Mel. This was written at Moffat one of our wee parkups. Hope you enjoy

Jasmine fairys
.......................
In the heat of summer days
With sunshine all ablaze
Here are cool green bowers
Starry with jasmine flowers
Sweet scented like a dream of fairy land they seem
And when the long hot day at length has worn away
And twilight deepen till
The darkness comes then still
The glimmering jasmine white
Gives fragrance well into the night
Mel x

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1000+ hits today on my wee blog . Wow

Wow we are both blown away as our wee blog has been visited by more
than a 1000 people . So glad they are virtual visits lol. Love and
light x

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Emmotinal Abyss and the joy off having the tools to deal with it.

As the negatives drag and drop you into the Abyss .The joy at being
able to cope ,fills me with a calm happiness. As i look at them scurry
around the rim their faces Covered in
Disbelief at the site of me smiling back up at them.brew and fag at
hand as i ready myself to climb up and out.

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Getting ready for drug run and faeries and wee bit of filmmaking at the falls

Cameras charged. Dancing shoes polished.
Old wagon diesled up.
I am having trouble with laptops and signals via satellite and phone
but should be up and running in a few days.
Love and light from the rusty wee tin can.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A wonderful wet and windy day in the Scottish Highlands

It feels so good the wind and rain lashing at the bus. After spending
the day and night redisigning the blog today is an easy lazy day.
Bread baking fire roaring and old film on the tele.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Rewilding Institute

The Rewilding Institute

FREEDOM

FREEDOM
……………….
Freedom ,Freedom to me is on so many levels but i reckon the four below are a good point to start this journey of discovery..
Physical
Emotional
Spiritual
Financial
To reach a state of harmony within our short life span here on Earth is surely all our goals ,i know it is mine to find and maintain a balance of the true journey not some man made one ,imposed on us .
Physical
………………..
This is one ,most of us in the west are able to achieve :
On the whole we are able to walk about and not be picked up by snatch squads etc ,of course i know that our governments step over the mark many times but on the whole we are free on the physical level we are not sat in some jail ,rotting as so many people are all across the planet..
yes i realise some people are and we must fight for them to be set free.
I say this as a traveller that has been imprisoned simply for being a traveller on several occasions .and took may beatings from the police ,i still believe though compared to a lot of countries around the world on the whole we are physically free ..
On another  level  even our own bodies and minds can and does imprison us .if we allow it to happen..
Emotional freedom
This to me is one of the hardest things to achieve , but myself and Mel chose to lead our lives away from people
To many times our hand of friendship has gone out only to be bitten ,we have been left homeless and penniless simply for trying to help someone ,well sorry .now we have control and where possible will not allow this happen again…
To deal with people that think they can use us to release their anger, jealousy or whatever pent up emotion onto us simply WILL not happen again.
So i guess for the first time we are both emotionally free at last ..
Spiritual Freedom
…………………………………
Like a lot of people i have often asked questions like :
What is it all about ?
How can this be ? etc etc
To me as a Dafthermit i am so happy that i have now found so many answers to MY questions
The first one and to the most important is not to look to man or their churches for the answers
Because you will only be told the bull shit they want you to know so they can keep filling there church coffers with even more money..
The answers to so many of our questions are all around. if only we would take the time to look
To me sitting looking at a wee flower fills my heart with joy and hope ..
Autumn meander 030
Like the picture i was able to capture above
the sheer beauty of the flower with the amazing colours and shapes the variety of life nestled on it
the complete perfection of a simply fly with wings  so delicate you are able to see right through them
the gold’s the yellows the whites nature has so many answers just look…
So at the age of 49
I am able to say i have reached spiritual freedom
my spirit is free and long may it be
and finally
Financial Freedom
…………………………………….
This to me is the simplest and i wish the rest were as easy to achieve
We are born on the stunning planet a globe filled with awe and majesty
but from our very first breathe we are told and shown absolute  crap…..
We are conditioned to believe we must get a job then buy a house then save for when we retire
Our own parents that have already been brainwashed into this whole thing
They if you are lucky?
save for a deposit that you as the child will one day be able to put down on a 4 bed roomed 2 reception roomed house then spend the next 30 40 years paying ,madness.
We encourage our kids to go to University and study hard then leave with on average a debt of £15.000 To £20.000 . madness
And if you don’t follow this path you are deemed a failure ?????????????????
Well i’m sorry but at the age of 50 both myself and Mel owe nothing to no one we have no debt and are thus FREE in my daft little world ???
To me to be able to achieve 1 ,2 ,3 or all 4 things is my goal..
But to knock someone that has achieved one or more of these goals is both foolish and selfish
in my world
it is they easiest thing in the world to knock or as me and Mel call it the ping syndrome
ping we will do this
ping we will do that
ping ping ping
enough is enough ;lets stop talking and start doing i say
freedom to all the people of the world
free to love, travel and explore this stunningly beautiful world
don’t let anyone be it a person or a government
stop you going for your goal
love and peace the Dafthermit ….
Freedom can not mean disregarding respect for both the planet or people

Peatbog faeries on Saturday get on the dancing shoes , not a pretty site

Off to see the Peatbog Faeries on at Saturday at Strathpeffer and i so need this .. A night to dance and release the pent up frustrations of the last week or so.
Peatbog Faeries - The Folk Police .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine
Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries have become one of Scotland’s best known names in contemporary folk music. They have taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America and Australia.
The Peatbogs released their fifth studio album in the summer of 2007, made their first live release in April 2009 and are currently working on new material for the next CD.  Please scroll down below the latest news to discover a bit of the bands history.

the Desert Recluse

the Desert Recluse

Another wee hermit friend

YouTube - FearlessORG's Channel

YouTube - FearlessORG's Channel: "Fearless is part of the UK charity, Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers runs the 0800 555 111 telephone number, which you can call to give information about crime anonymously.

The Fearless Team run the website, which also allows you to give information about crime online, and workshops about crime that affects you.

We aren't the police or government, we're an independent charity."

Stepping Back from Facebook Twitter etc

2011-03-03

 

After a few things that have happened over the last week or so. I have decided to  be on Facebook and Twitter a lot less now , i have also have been struggling trying to get back to all the comments emails etc , and to be honest i feel as though my work has suffered as a result , i am fed up having to justify myself constantly as well so from today i will be concentrating on my blog ( living a simple green life )

my youtube channel and my flickr

I will also be closing the blog to comments , but i hope who ever visits this wee blog continues to have a wee smile maybe a wee bit of inspiration from us us living in the wee tin can

 

Love and light

 

Andy the Dafthermit

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Scottish Political News - Latest NEWS on Scottish Politics Scottish Independence Referendum White Paper

Scottish Political News - Latest NEWS on Scottish Politics Scottish Independence Referendum White Paper

List your blogs on Kindle Publishing for Blogs to make money

List your blogs on Kindle Publishing for Blogs to make money


I was sent this by a friend and had to pass it on , if you own a blog it is an easy way to get listed on Kindle and earn some extra cash

click     HERE

 many thanks to Simone for this wee heads up

http://techcrunch.com/2009/05/14/how-the-kindle-now-lets-you-steal-this-blog/

living off the grid

living off the grid

living off the grid

Wind Turbines: An Agricultural Scam?

Wind Turbines: An Agricultural Scam?

This book argues that the drawbacks of wind power far outweigh the advantages

 
the wind farm scam fromt cover for web
 
 
 
The Wind Farm Scam
John Etherington
This book argues that the drawbacks of wind power far outweigh the advantages. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2 levels to a meaningful degree; what's more, wind power cannot generate a steady output, necessitating back-up coal and gas power plants that significantly negate the saving of greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, there are ecological drawbacks, including damage to habitats, wildlife and the far-from-insignificant aesthetic considerations.
Dr Etherington argues that wind power is being excessively financed at the cost of consumers who have not been informed that their bills are subsiding an industry that cannot be cost efficient or, ultimately, favour the cause it purports to support.
"The book should be required reading for every high school, college, and university student. It explains wind energy, and its limitations and environmental insults, in easily understood terms. It explains why wind will never provide a significant, reliable source of electricity."
Glen Schleede - former US Presidential adviser on energy, and one of the leading worldwide analysts and commentators on wind power.

Follow this link to see the author being interviewed on the BBC.
See this link to a report on wind turbine noise from the Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division.
The following national organisations are campaigning against wind farms:
COUNTRY GUARDIAN
NAWAG - the National Alliance of Wind Farm Action Groups. E-mail windaction@hotmail.c

Friday, 25 March 2011

Alex Salmond responds to the Budget

SCOTLAND'S OIL RESOURCES FUEL BUDGET

SHOULD BE MAJOR PETROL CUT FROM ALL TIME RECORD NORTH SEA REVENUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO REVERSE CAPITAL SPENDING CUTS

Commenting on the UK Budget statement, Scotland's Finance Minister John
Swinney said:

"What is abundantly clear is that the Chancellor has used Scotland's North
Sea resources to fuel his Budget -- oil and gas revenues have hit an all
time record level, and are £4 billion up on the previous forecast -- and
has given far too little in return.

"Given that petrol prices have gone up by 16 pence a litre over the past
year alone, this windfall could and should be used to bring duty down not
by 1p but by 5 pence UK-wide -- or if they were applied in Scotland petrol
prices could come down by 50p.

"No wonder the Con/Dem coalition oppose financial responsibility for the
Scotland, and control of our own revenues.

"The Chancellor is wrong not to use this record bonanza to deliver
significantly lower fuel prices, rather than just applying a new levy for
a cut that is far too small.

"The Budget was also a major missed opportunity for the Chancellor to
reverse his swinging cuts in capital spending -- a 36 per cent cut in
Scotland over the spending period -- because the Scottish Government's
Economic Recovery Plan demonstrates that our investment in key
infrastructure projects is the driver of growth.

"While the Chancellor has had to downgrade his growth forecasts, in
Scotland we are building growth -- we are the only nation in the UK with
falling unemployment and rising employment. This Budget -- fuelled by
Scottish oil -- is a powerful illustration of why Scotland needs full
economic and financial responsibility, including borrowing powers, which
will be a major issue in the election campaign.

"We anticipated the Chancellor's announcement on Enterprise Zones, and
have already discussed the issue in government. If re-elected in May, the
SNP will establish four Enterprise Zones in Scotland -- we believe that the
geography and distinct circumstances of Scotland require us to have a
larger pro-rata number than England -- in addition to other innovative
measures we are delivering such as Tax Incremental Finance.

"We are already delivering major programmes to help small businesses and
first time buyers, and a record number of apprenticeships, and will at
least match the UK Government's announcements in these areas.

"We listened extremely carefully to the Chancellor's remarks about the
possibility of a lower Corporation Tax regime in Northern Ireland. We
agree with the Scottish Parliament's Scotland Bill Committee report that
if this happens in Northern Ireland, it should happen in Scotland too --
and financial responsibility is the guaranteed way to make this happen.

"It is extremely disappointing that the Chancellor failed to show any
determination to drive forward measures to tackle high strength, low
quality alcohol products -- confirming that the proper place for these
powers is the Scottish Parliament, and that we need to reintroduce minimum
pricing proposals in the next parliament.

"Also, the Chancellor was silent on Scotland's Fossil Fuel Levy -- we need
progress on this now, so that we can invest in infrastructure to support
the renewables technology of the future. The Green Investment Bank is a
separate issue, and if it is to be up and running in 2012 then the logical
home for it is Scotland -- a global renewables capital, with 10 times the
output of England on a pro-rata basis."

Scottish Writers' Centre Events: March - April - Art Event - CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow - United Kingdom

Scottish Writers' Centre Events: March - April - Art Event - CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow - United Kingdom

Opportunities for Arts Practitioners - CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow - United Kingdom

Opportunities for Arts Practitioners - CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow - United Kingdom

Bad Wulf Studio

Bad Wulf Studio

YouTube - Eightball Revolution man

YouTube - Eightball Revolution man


another magic band from glasgow

Jock Mcinnes Charity Blog

Jock Mcinnes Charity Blog

The University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands

Thursday, 24 March 2011

SCOTLAND a wee nation buzzing . It makes me so proud to be a Scot and to wake in the mountains with That feeling makes me want to do all i can to get to the day oor nation gains full INDEPENCE so we can finally get on with things without having to put the begging bowl oot to westminster

Just a wee thought or two


SCOTLAND a wee nation buzzing . It makes me so proud to be a Scot and to wake in the mountains with
That feeling makes me want to do all i can to get to the day oor nation gains full INDEPENCE so we can finally get on with things without having to put the begging bowl oot to westminster

LOVELY VIEW.. But you cant eat it ? . What a crock of shite. Visitors £751m SNH Estimated £4bn raised through woodland area and mountains parks etc. Supporting 20,600+ jobs

Corriemoillie Public Hearing - the decision

Dear fellow supporters,

We have to report the very disappointing news that Highland Council
approved the planning permission for the Corriemoillie Wind Farm
yesterday, at the Public Hearing, despite overwhelming public
opposition to the scheme.

This is a pretty devastating blow after all the efforts made by many
people, not to mention the funds spent.

We put up as good a fight as possible, backed by the experts we
employed but all valid legal and landscape arguments were dismissed.

At least we managed to secure a hearing when we could voice our
serious concerns, and we achieved a considerable amount of media
coverage locally.

We just have to hope that the council officials, councillors and
politicians see sense before Scotland's natural heritage is totally
ruined.

Finally, thank you so much to everyone who came along to support us on
Tuesday, and to those of you who were unable to join us but continued
to support us from near and afar. We also thank you for your many
emails and phone calls of support.

With kind regards,
From everyone at Stop Corriemoillie


PS: With elections in Scotland looming, local supporters may find it
useful to know which Highland Councillors voted for this wind farm:

Peter Cairns
Isabelle Campbell
David Chisholm (Chair of the Planning Committee, and proposer of the
decision to grant planning permission)
Billy Barclay (seconded the motion)
Hamish Fraser
Ian Rewick
Audrey Sinclair

Stop Corriemoillie Now is a group local residents, and many others,
opposed to inappropriate development in the Garve and Achnasheen
vicinity.
www.stopcorriemoillienow.co.uk


I feel sorry for the people that have evolved only to talk oot their arses. Must be really confusing when it comes to diner Time...

It never cease to amaze me that evolution after all this time can still make so many mistakes , take for instance the poor people that walk about or more often lounge and talk oot their arses ..

they form ideas about people, nations and the world in general have thoughts spewing from their rears but have no gumption to get out and help make things better No they would rather sit and moan moan year after year.
But it must be hard when your brains are nothing but sloppy shit , how could you ever think positive or reach oot to the world with a smile

Not for MR moaner you just sit year after year bitching but don’t have the balls to do it , instead you would rather have a go at the people that risk their lives to make things happen ..

love and light

ps just my thoughts on the nasty wee shits sitting in the corner


maybe you could take your heed oot your arse and have a wee look at this wonderful person just for a moment

New Company Launches in the Scottish Highlands

It is with huge pride that i announce the formation of a new company here in the Scottish highlands .

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           DAFTHERMITS DISMANTLERS LTD

We will be looking to recruit people from all areas of the industry from Drivers to managers

Dismantler crews will consist of teams of four, driver and three crew

Job description:

To be on call to travel anywhere in the highlands at short notice , applicants must be willing to work anti social hours , but due to the huge rise in prices for all metals wages will be far above the industry standard with potential to move up the company ladder ( providing naybody has nicked it)..

All applicants must be fit as may have to at short notice run at the site off oncoming blue lights, the ability to dash 100yards in under 10secs would be a bonus.

you must be able to work as a team member and able to work through the night quickly and quietly  to achieve your goal ….

training will be available to the right person on site , all tools will be supplied at site.

So take this oppurtunity and come aboard one of the fastest growing companies



email:

letskeepthehighlandsbeautiful@gmail.com

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

my wee book is due out in a little over two weeks ( some comments so far)

Valerie Sutter I would definately want one, keep me posted, love & light from windy Tilly :)

Barbara James I would love a copy of your book.The true Scotland not the tourist view that is normally the only ones we can get.xxxx

Rakesh Vanamali Wow! I'm looking forward to this! Please let me know how I can get a copy in India

Elaine Kuhl-Goldman Would love a copy!! Let me know when it's available!

Michelle said...
Congratulations!!! Now... where for sale and how much? put me on the pre-order list...you do ship to New Jersey right? and a personal autograph will come with it right? tee hee! So excited for you and to read and look at your book! Congrats Donna --
Kaite Stevenson Hunt said...
Andy & Mel, Please be sure to mark me down for one of your wee books! I will keep an eye out on your FB page for when it's published. Gav from the isle peter from FB Catherine Shannon how do i buy it and how much is it ?

Simply Livin'

Simply Livin'

Highland Legends

Highland Legends

Home :: Pavegen Systems :: www.pavegensystems.co.uk

Home :: Pavegen Systems :: www.pavegensystems.co.uk


one of the many new ideas for us all to move on from Nuclear coal etc

YouTube - No To Corriemoillie windfarm and anymore pylons

YouTube - No To Corriemoillie windfarm and anymore pylons

Rising Tide UK | Taking Action on the Root Causes of Climate Change

Rising Tide UK | Taking Action on the Root Causes of Climate Change

Laura's Cottage Kitchen here in the Scottish highlands

Laura's Cottage Kitchen here in the Scottish highlands 

 click here to visit here site


Hello!
My name is Laura Gauna.

Laura's Cottage Kitchen is a home baking business in the village of Lochluichart in Wester Ross, making traditional and gluten-free products.

I work from home and supply cafes, hotels and shops in the area and sell my products at most markets in Ross-shire, and by mail order.

Being a free-lance cook, I can help you organise and cook for your dinner parties, or you can decide to stock your fridge and freezer with freshly prepared ready-meals.

Do come and see me at one of the local markets or fairs.

Looking forward to meeting you!
Laura

To contact me:

Mobile:07724129690

E: laura@laurascottagekitchen.com

This is my friend Stormy,s son and his wonderful poetry


This is my friend Stormy,s son and his wonderful poetry :::





I wanted to share my eldest son's poetry (he is 12 years old now) because I really think he is talented at it... they are all different types of poems that he has learnt to write at school and influenced by other peoples styles of writing although they are in his own words...

A nonsense monster poem (influenced by the Chickamungus poem):

Pea-a wea
by Lewis
In the shire of Keya-dear,
Lives the unknown Pea-a wea.
It sleeps on sticks and stones,
In his cave with bones.
He also lives with a bongorongo,
A common sight in koodongo.
He flies in special wingaraang shapes,
And can only be stopped with sticky tape.
His best friend is Bill Odie,
Unfortunately, the Pea-a-wea is too big to see the whole of Bill’s body
During ring-a ranga moment, he goes to eat some berries,
Bungarung berries, which make him very merry.
It smells like a pungydunger,
Which smells so bad you will want to go down under.
He is as tall as a skyscraper,
He also likes the game Snake-a-Taper.
It’s young are pea weas but can be mistaken,
For young boddy-kistakens.
It makes a sound like a mellow bellow,
During that time it turns slightly yellow.
It tastes like your dad’s pants,
Yes the one with ants!
Many people have seen it and made a claim,
But never rose to fame.
Now we must leave the pea-a-wea,
Sleeping in his cave, in keya-dear.                        

A sound and movement poem:

Earth
 By Lewis
 The Earth very strong,
Rotates around the sun all day long.
Spinning and circling,
Orbiting and working.
It’s axis and equator headstrong.
Rising and hiding,
Sliding and riding,
Spewing and viewing,
Running across the stars.

Moaning of the aching land,
Can be soothed by a gentle hand.
The land dividing,
Birds gliding.
All on gentle Earth.

The Earth rushing and brushing,
Darting and parting,
It awakes and sleeps,
It cries and weeps.
As the Earth spins around the sun, the planets, sun, asteroids belts, and stars make our galaxy one.


The Element of Earth
By Lewis
The element of earth is a powerful element, controlling the ground of our planet.
It gives us rock, stone, leaves and twigs, the materials of earth helping us make hats and wigs.
It gives us something to stand on, something to feel beneath our feet.
Something living,
Something growing.
If there was no earth, we would be pulled to the flaming core.
Falling,
Falling far.
This is the only planet supporting life so far, us human beings can build houses and cars.
Earth forms cliffs, mountains and canyons, earth can also form landscapes, hills and valleys.
We roam the lands of earth, of earth we have received,
There are many things on earth that we can achieve.
To form a living planet you only need four elements.
Fire, Water, Air and don’t forget Earth.


A hiding poem:

The Screeching, Stalling Spaceship
By Lewis
Up in a screeching, stalling spaceship,
Deep in space looking at the pretty, peering planets,
Deep in space looking at the shining, showing stars,
Deep in space riding on a rocking, rolling rocket,
Deep in space looking at the sucking, silent space,
Deep in space looking at the cooling, crumbling comets,
Deep in space looking at the massive, moribund meteors,
Deep in space looking at the neglected, natural nebulas,
Deep in space looking at the curving, conspicuous, constellations.
Deep in space looking at the gangling, gigantic, galaxies.
I lay here in the storage compartment,
What a wonderful sight it is!


What is Black?
by Lewis
Black is a crow,
Looking down below.
And the root of poison,
Slipping down the alley.
It is the night of the new moon,
It is the empty space of the universe.
Black is a consuming, corrupted soul,
Of those who are black hearted in their veins.
The stench of death is black,
But then death is black.
Black is unseen as camouflage colour,
But can be seen as another.
Black is the sound of a dead man coughing.
Black is Nothing,
Nothing is Black.
You can smell the rotting of black,
In the alley, at the back.

simple Question would you still want to visit the Scottish highlands if they where covered in Wind turbines 425ft tall and huge huge pylons. ???? EON reckon they would be a tourist attraction

simple Question
would you still want to visit the Scottish highlands if they where covered in Wind turbines 425ft tall and huge huge pylons. ???? EON reckon they would be a tourist attraction

No To Corriemoillie windfarms/pylons where will it end and all to power more and more , madness and at what cost to the wonderful highlands

new sites that have just got the go ahead here in teh Scottish highlands  

 BBC ALBA




 EON and all thier experts



MEL MEL !!!!!! What did you do with that bottle of RESTORE what did the instructions SAY ??????

MEL MEL !!!!!! What did you do with that bottle of RESTORE what did the instructions SAY ??????

Monday, 21 March 2011

Danced and flew amid the mighty Scots pine..Everyone has a PRICE bullshit i say. Words spoken by someone with no HEART .MY SCOTTISH HEART BEATS FREE .. MY SOUL DANCES WITH ANCIENT WARRIORS AT THE FOOT OF A HIGHLAND WATERFALL.

 Just some wee thoughts :



Danced and flew amid the mighty Scots pine..

Love and light ps my week book has sold 12 copies even before it is finished many thanks x

Everyone has a PRICE bullshit i say. Words spoken by someone with no HEART

Music from a friend . Love in my heart and SCOTLAND under foot . Rich beyond my wildest DREAMS



DREAM IT THINK IT DO IT... and dont let any bugger stop YOU

A SINGLE TEAR DROP OF JOY CAN TURN INTO A RIVER OFF HOPE


MY SCOTTISH HEART BEATS FREE .. MY SOUL DANCES WITH ANCIENT WARRIORS AT THE FOOT OF A HIGHLAND WATERFALL.

YouTube - Gypsy

YouTube - Gypsy


our friend Sally

Sunday, 20 March 2011

OUR WEE BOOK due out soon a wee wander in the Scottish highlands with the dafthermit"

Our Wee Book


This is our wee blog all about the wee book due out soon , many thanks to all for the comments coming in already about it and for the advanced sales many thanks
as the wee hermits will eat this month lol x















Front cover for the book

2011

2011

Neptunes Army of rubbish cleaners



We are off and running for 2011 with a dip in the cold waters of the Cleddau. The sun was shinning as 14 eager NARC volunteers met in the centre of Haverforwest early on Sunday morning.

Prams, scooters, ashtrays, traffic cones, 9 shopping trolleys, a cash register minus the cash and even a tourist information sign were found in a mornings dive. Our fund raising recived a boost with 1 of the trolleys still having a pound in the slot! A great effort by all in such cold water with Costa Coffee kindly supplying some hot drinks to ward off hypothermia! We are all looking forward to a busy clean-up season which will hopefully get warmer.


Many thanks for the update

Friday, 18 March 2011

YouTube - THANKYOU

YouTube - THANKYOU


just a wee thankyou for all the lovely comments , peace and light and for the support you have shown myself and Mel , we hope you will contnue to enjoy our stories poems films and pictures from here in the wee tin can in Scotland

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Mels Poems

Mels Poems


Mels poetry blog

Landfillart project - lbm-art

Landfillart project - lbm-art


highland artist

Just some wee thoughts from the fat wee bald git in the Scratchy heed film studio

Is SCOTLAND the best place to live in the WORLD ????

-7 degrees in the highlands weeeeee spring here at last . Flip flops and shorts . Lead me to the sea

SCOTLAND LEADS THE WAY WITH FREE UNI EDUCATION .Magic
Vote SNP TO ENSURE SCOTLAND HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE

SCOTLAND LEADS THE WAY IN TIDAL POWER . Magic

FREE STRESS RELIEF OFFERED AT THE HOVEL. "Wood pile ready and waiting

Investment in our children is our duty NOT TO BURDEN THEM WITH DEBT.

The UK can't sell weapons/torture devices then try to preach. when those countries use them
Independence . Even if the government that runs your country is a caring one. At times of emergency they will struggle to cope . We all need to take the time to be prepared. Ie food,power,water etc

With the rain dancing on the bus roof all the wee furballs lined up for thier morning hugs
. Another magical highland day begins x

Thinking of trying to get an exhibition of my work ie photography,films ,stories and poetry WOULD YOU VISIT IT ??

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Wensdy - The Official Wensdy Website - Download Wensdy on iTunes

Wensdy - The Official Wensdy Website - Download Wensdy on iTunes

Ambience Chauffeur Service - Home

Ambience Chauffeur Service - Home

Corriemoillie UPDATE for Tuesday 22nd

Hi!
Just a quick note to say if you or anyone you know will be coming to
Dingwall on the 22nd, can you/they let Louise know on 0781 0540994 or
email me, please - and I'll forward the information. Louise is
organising refreshments for everyone who turns up - hot drinks and
sandwiches, and she would like an idea how many to cater for. Last
time she catered for 30, and as you are aware only a handful of people
turned up...
Louise has also made up 15 placards - so don't worry if you don't have
the time to make one of your own, I think there will be enough to go
around.
Also, if you need a lift please shout.
I'll be pushing out another email from Stop Corriemoillie, probably on
Thursday evening - with final reminders to everyone on the mailing
list, but I just wanted to catch up with you first. Hope you don't
mind, and do spread the word.
If you didn't receive the last Stop Corriemoillie email it's below for
your info.
All the best, fingers crossed for a positive result next week!
With kind regards,
Jackie
jackie.a.west@btinternet.com

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Monday, 14 March 2011

Visual Arts Scotland

Visual Arts Scotland

The Society of Scottish Artists

The Society of Scottish Artists

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Krazart - Unique art | creative tourism | art fairs | creative courses | art retreat | painting courses | ceramic workshops and holidays

Krazart - Unique art | creative tourism | art fairs | creative courses | art retreat | painting courses | ceramic workshops and holidays

The Beauly Gallery & Kirk Coffee Shop

The Beauly Gallery & Kirk Coffee Shop

Visual Arts Scotland | VAS |

Visual Arts Scotland | VAS |

Scotland's Artists

Scotland's Artists

Welcome to Highlands Open Studios - Artists, Makers, Studios and Galleries in the Scottish Highlands

Welcome to Highlands Open Studios - Artists, Makers, Studios and Galleries in the Scottish Highlands

Welcome - lbm-art

Welcome - lbm-art

Paper Boats

Paper Boats

Some Links to artists in the Scottish highlands and beyond

An Talla Solais     - Gallery & studio space in Ullapool
Highland Open Studios   - collective of artists based in the Highlands
Scotland's artists     - site showcasing scottish artists
The sick kids friends foundation
Gordon C Harrison     - landscape photographer based in Laide
 
Visual Arts Scotland
Inchmore Gallery - near Inverness
Landfillart  - I am now included in this exciting project with the theme on                       recycling and re-use
Drystone walling - for handcrafted stone walls done the professional way
The Beauly Gallery - in Beauly
Artistri - online gallery featuring scottish contemporary artists
Krazart - to promote and find fine art
Skinny Artist -
Braewell Galleries - Glasgow & Edinburgh
Alison Dunlop - Edinburgh based artist
http://www.celticfringe.org.uk/
Axolotl - gallery on Dundas Street, Edinburgh
RSA - the Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street, Edinburgh
SSA - Society of Scottish artists
VAS - Visual Arts scotland
 
 
RSW - Royal Scottish Society of painters in watercolour
 
National Galleries of Scotland www.natgalscot.ac.uk
The Royal Scottish Academy www.royalscottishacademy.org
Scottish Arts Council www.scottisharts.org.uk
DCA www.dca.org.uk/
Edinburgh Printmakers www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk
British Council www.britishcouncil.org
[A-N] The Artists Information Company www.a-n.co.uk
Scottish Sculpture Trust www.scottishsculpturetrust.org
AXIS National Register of Artists www.axisartists.org.uk
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop www.edinburghsculpture.org
Visual Arts and Galleries Association www.vaga.co.uk
WASPS Artists Studios www.waspsstudios.org.uk
Glasgow Print Studio www.gpsart.co.uk
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
www.barns-grahamtrust.org
Cupar Arts & Heritage Project (CAHP) www.cupararts.org.uk
DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) www.dacs.org.uk
The UK's copyright and collecting society for artists and visual creators. We exist to promote and protect the copyright and related rights of artists and visual creators.
The Prince's Youth Business Trust www.pybt.org.uk
PSYBT is part of the Prince's Charities, the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the UK. Raising over £100 million annually. Active across a broad range of areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health, the built environment and the arts.


www.bridgehouseart.co.uk
Art Portfolio courses Scotland, also residential & non-residential week long & weekend art workshops Ullapool Scotland.
www.charlottewatters.co.uk
Charlotte Watters artist and art installations.
www.wildtiles.co.uk
Textiles, Mosaic, Creative Writing and recycling workshops throughout Scotland.
www.jochristoffersen
Jo Christoffersen - Tapestry Weaver based in Achiltibuie, Scotland.
www.pamelatait.co.uk
Pamela Tait - Portrait and figuritive artist, Scotland.
www.erlendtait.co.uk
Erland Tait - Stained Glass artist, Commissions and Restorations, Scotland.
www.erlendtait.com
Erland Tait (2) - Website Gallery, Drawing and Painting Images.
www.joannebkaar-mary-anns-cottage.blogspot.com
Joanne B Kaar's Cottage Blog (1).
www.joannebkaarpaperboats.blogspot.com
Joanne B Kaar's Paper Boats Blog (2).
www.upandrunningwebs.co.uk
Website Design and maintenance, Ullapool.

Ffordes Photographic Ltd

We can hardly talk about the attractions in the area without mentioning Ffordes Photographic Ltd, not so much "on" rather sharing our doorstep! Ffordes Photographic are on the floor above The Beauly Gallery.
At Ffordes, you can find one of the largest stocks of new and secondhand camera and photographic equipment in the country. No matter whether you are looking for classic film cameras from the likes of Hasselblad and Leica or the latest digital cameras from Canon and Nikon, you will find them all at Ffordes Photographic. Ffordes also sell tripods, bags, enlargers, digital cards and can arrange for camera repairs. For all the details see the link below.
Ffordes Photographic Ltd

visitbeauly.com

For a wide range of activities, coming events and more places to visit in the Beauly area you can't do better than going to visitbeauly.com. Just follow the link below.
visitbeauly.com

Urquhart Castle

You have probably seen the images on a thousand shortbread tins but it still doesn't detract from the splendour of Urquhart Castle. As with so many Highland castles it is mostly ruined now but with a little imagination you can picture how it must have been hundreds of years ago. From the castle grounds you are afforded some of the best views of Loch Ness and The Great Glen. You can find Urquhart Castle just south of the village of Drumnadrochit. More details can be found at the link below.
Historic Scotland

Beauly Priory

Situated right in the centre of the town, Beauly Priory is within a few yards of the main shopping area. It originates from the 13th century, though in common with buildings of its type it was extensively added to over the centuries. Today, it lies in ruins but with many of its walls still upstanding. The Priory's owners, Historic Scotland, have a brief web entry at the first link below. A slighlty longer description can be found at the second link below.
Historic Scotland
Gazetteer for Scotland

Glen Affric

Glen Affric gives a flavour of what much of the Highlands would have looked like hundreds of years ago with majestic mountains, sweeping Caledonian pine forests, shimmering lochs and abundant wildlife. This area of outstanding natural beauty has been recognised by the awards as a Caledonian Forest Reserve, a National Scenic Area and as a National Nature Reserve. It is possible to make a round trip by following the A833 and A831 passing the doorstep of The Beauly Gallery.
Forestry Commission

Reelig Glen

Reelig Glen as well as being a beautiful mixed forest of decideous and conifer trees is also the home of Dughall Mor (Big Dougal). Dughall Mor is officially the tallest tree in the UK at 204 feet and he is surrounded by many other Douglas Firs, all 160 feet or more - an impressive sight. More details can be found by following the link below.
Forestry Commission

Aigas Dam Fish Pass

Scottish Hydro Electric operate a power station using the kinetic energy of a head of water created by damming the River Beauly. Naturally, this causes a problem for fish, mostly migrating salmon, to get to and from their spawning grounds. At the Aigas Dam, there is an ingenious Fish Pass which is open to the public for viewing. Further information can be found at the link below.
Scottish Hydro Electric

Glencalvie Challenge

Glencalvie Challenge
Further information can be found at the link below.
Glencalvie Challenge

Munro Highland Tours

Munro Highland Tours is operated by native Highlander George Munro who has a wealth of knowledge of the area gained from a lifetime working and living here.
George, a qualified guide, conducts speciality tours of subjects including: Whisky, Castles, Highland Clans, Wildlife, Pictish Stones and many more all while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
You can find more information at the Munro Highland Tours website.

an talla solais - Ullapool Visual Arts Centre, artists work, crafts, galleries, arts and craft exhibitions in the Highlands, Scotland.

an talla solais - Ullapool Visual Arts Centre, artists work, crafts, galleries, arts and craft exhibitions in the Highlands, Scotland.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Sounds of My Life: Improvign Your Sound Quailty For Your Videos

The Sounds of My Life: Improvign Your Sound Quailty For Your Videos

YouTube - Nuclear Power Safety Film A special report from the Dafthermit

YouTube - Nuclear Power Safety Film A special report from the Dafthermit


As we head faster and faster headlong into the 21st century it is comforting to know we have the ability to obtain unlimited clean safe energy..

The fact that the Nuclear power companys have our saftey foremost in thier thoughts should enable us all to sleep soundly at night .

What a pile of shite




We must all come together to MAKE them dump this dangerous and unneeded technology before it is to late ..

YouTube - Nuclear accident (Trust us we have it all under control)

YouTube - Nuclear accident (Trust us we have it all under control)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

NUKE WATCH What is passing your Door

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    Final meeting on Corriemoillie Windfarm - your support is crucial

    Dear supporter,
    You should have received a letter from Highland Council, informing you
    that there is to be a public hearing to discuss the Corriemoillie Wind
    Farm application, on Tuesday 22nd March, which is to be held at 1.30pm
    at the Council offices in Dingwall (located next to the traffic lights
    at the top of the High Street). There will also be a bus trip to the
    site for the Councillors, leaving from Dingwall at 10.30am. A final
    decision on the development will be made at the hearing.
    We are expecting E.ON will bus in paid supporters, and so a large
    objector presence is vital to persuade the Councillors to throw out
    this appalling development.
    Stop Corriemoillie will hold a demonstration outside the Council
    office from 12.30pm-1.30pm immediately prior to the public hearing,
    it is vital as many people as possible attend. We will also be
    present from 10am to meet the councillors going on the bus to
    the site visit. There may be space for some members of the public
    to travel on the bus with the Councillors.
    The Stop Corriemoillie Campaign Group has nominated Ian Kelly, Head of
    Planning at Graham & Sibbald to speak on our behalf at the meeting, as
    all of the objectors have only been allowed 10 minutes combined. Ian
    is a chartered town planner with 30 years' experience in all aspects
    of planning. He has advised local objectors on some 20 major wind farm
    projects throughout the UK, including giving expert evidence on the
    key planning issues at Public Inquiries. He has advised the objectors
    groups in respect of Lochluichart and Corriemoillie since 2007 and is
    fully familiar with the development proposals and the various
    objections to them, including the position of SNH.
    Finally, Ian is well used to The Highland Council Hearing Procedures
    having addressed all of the three Area Planning Applications
    Committees in recent years.
    Because of the time constraints it would be very helpful to us to know
    if any other individuals wish to speak personally, so that we can plan
    the short time available carefully. E.ON will certainly use an expert
    to put their case.
    Please let us know by email or on 0781 0540994 if you need a lift from
    Achnasheen or Garve on the day. Some placards will be available but do
    bring your own if you can. Refreshments will be available.
    Please come and bring as many people as you can!
    With kind regards,
    Jackie
    On behalf of Stop Corriemoillie, a group of local residents
    and many others opposed to inappropriate development in
    the Garve and Achnasheen vicinity.
    www.stopcorriemoillienow.co.uk

    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    The Midge ( sweet revenge )

    As the early morning sun rose across the glen i smiled as i knew today was going to be one of those long lazy summer days.
    As i turned to head back to the bus a familiar noise stopped me in my tracks
    The constant buzz that could only be a midge the sound that over the years has sent people packing vowing never to return ..

    I looked down at my arm and aye there he was dagger already unsheathed and dug deep into my arm his belly filling with my blood

    I watched as he pulled back ready to set off and find a wee cosy spot by the river to savour his meal.
    Then our eyes met and that look of smugness crept across his face knowing he was part of the mighty midge hoard and no one but one takes them on .
    I was about to agree and retreat, with the pain still racking my body from that first summer bite
    when i noticed his expression change at first confused i soon realised that he was the only ONE..

    laden doon with my blood he buzzed and whined his way into the air , i watched as he turned and headed to the burn
    oh no you don’t you wee shite ..

    with flip flops flapping hat a spilling i set off in search of my revenge
    over the heather and across the river i chased him,
    all my army training coming to the fore
    flip flops dragged from my feet in the thick mud i cared not a jot . onward determined that this was one wee battle i would win.
    know matter which way he turned the fat old hermit was close at heal
    stopping but once to roll a fag..
    up the side of the steep rocky ben i followed him till at last and with my last breathe i collapsed next to him sitting on a rock

    we once again we traded looks the dark shadow of defeat etched across his face i leaned forward and
    picking him up i gently squeezed till my blood eventually dribbled from him into my mouth…

    and whispering into his ear “now bugger off and get your own food “
    i turned exhausted but Happy.

    peace and light



    YouTube - MacWoody the once proud pallet

    YouTube - MacWoody the once proud pallet

    MacWoody the wee abused Pallet

    2011-03-061

    In a wee field high up in the Scottish mountains at the back of some unit on an industrial estate MacWoody lays discarded .He dreams of days when humans thought he was useful , the many thousands of miles carrying everything from food to furniture often at times feeling that he would buckle under the sheer weight of the goods he was being asked to carry .but never complaining only to happy to be of use.

    The excitement of that Monday morning having been loaded onto a truck the thought of where he would journey too had over the years  filled him fit to bursting point
    But slowly over the years he had noticed all around newer pallets look at him down their noses ashamed to be travelling next to this scruffy one
    The odd nail had come lose and where once a human would replace it now was left to rust and bend , moss had even begun to take hold ,but no one cared anymore.

    Then one day as he lay with the other pallets waiting to be carried inside one by one the pallets left him ,smirking as they went until looking around MacWoody realised he was alone..

    Then in the gloom he noticed the door swing open and a man walk towards him

    Yes, yes they still want me MacWoody beamed

    The man picked him up but walked past the unit doors he headed to the small patch of waste land and hurled him over the fence and doon the embankment near to the railway ..

    He lay in the grass for the next few months slowly being hidden from view no longer wanted he dreamed and dreamed .

    The one day an old rusty truck turned up and a big fat bald human walked towards him and dragging him from the grass chains was placed into the rear of the old truck a truck the likes he had never seen ..

    He listened as the man talked to himself about what he was going to turn the pallet into , Talk of a huge nest box made MacWoody smile like he hadn’t for so many years once again he would be useful..



    Nick's Bytes

    Nick's Bytes: "Too Bad It’s Monday (T.B.I.M.)"

    I just love the land of BLOGLAND so many wonderful inspiring people , many thanks to Michelle for the link to Nick's site

    A vote for Scottish Independence has nothing to do with being anti English as so many people seem to believe. Thats a wee bit like leaving home as a kid to carve oot your own life and saying you are anti family/parents

    just my wee thought as we as  nation get ever closer to Independence

    Why cant we return all the animals in zoos to the wild and fill the cages with the animals that use knifes on people . Saving a fortune on new prisons

    Just a thought

    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    About Lochaber - your site for everything about Fort William and Lochaber - About Lochaber

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    World Forum - Global Calls to Action, Global Warming, Politics, State of the World Forum, New Political Compass, Energy Concerns.

    World Forum - Global Calls to Action, Global Warming, Politics, State of the World Forum, New Political Compass, Energy Concerns.

    NO to anymore PYLONS in the Scottish highlands | causes.com

    NO to anymore PYLONS in the Scottish highlands | causes.com

    Electric Scotland's Community Forums - Recent Blogs Posts - Blogs

    Electric Scotland's Community Forums - Recent Blogs Posts - Blogs

    YouTube - Vote SNP

    YouTube - Vote SNP

    Another home grown Talent Johnny McCloskey

    Johnny McCloskey
     


    The Wild Thistles: Johnny McCloskey ( Scotland ) All Guitars & Vocals / Gary Barratt ( Canada ) Drums & Percussion. We make original music.

    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    My Meditation a stunning track by oor friend Tam Cameron



    My latest wee film from the Scratchy Heed Film Studio this time using a track from Tam Cameron " My Meditation" hope you enjoy love and light from the rust bucket

    a wee message from Tam:

    Thomas Cameron Thanks Andy!Great wee vid there,much appreciated!The song was written in a top flloor flat in Glasgow,Glastonbury festival was on T.V,mid-summer time abt 10 years ago,and yes it was a full moon!Cheers and Awrabest,Tam.



    Johnny McCloskey I remember doing post-production on this in my old hoose in Port Glasgow, think we recorded the keyboard player there too-just the icing on the cake was all i did, ur right-he has an amazing talent!

    some wee comments from elsewhere:

    Only a very down to earth beautiful person can write such gems that come straight from the heart!
    great song and nicely put video :)
    xxx
    besureis


    Love and light and blessings to Ireland & Scotland from yer American-Irish lass. :) Love the song, love the video. I have to check out Tam's music - he is amazing! What a terrific artistic pair you make, LOL!
    SusanSeamaiden


    Top class song there, nice vid. cheers
    redandblackgaa
    #
    Chris James Great video... love the music as well, does your friend have any released?

    message from SNP to Scotland re fuel





    Dear Scotland,

    This evening [Wednesday March 2nd] the Scottish Parliament will debate the high cost of fuel and have the opportunity to call for fair fuel costs.

    Despite being an oil rich nation, the price of petrol and diesel in Scotland is amongst the highest in Europe and that is putting severe pressure on families, businesses and hauliers the length and breadth of the country.

    Right now in some of our rural communities people are paying over £1.45 for a litre of petrol and just last week, experts warned that it could cost over £100 to fill up an average size car. The price at the pump is only going to skyward unless some action is taken urgently.

    Whilst the Scottish Government may not have the power to lift this burden placed on everyone in the country, only the Tory-LibDem Government at Westminster can do that and so far they have refused. In fact, the UK Government are set to make things even worse by increasing tax duty by 4p per litre this April.

    We don't think that's fair. That's why we're asking the Scottish Parliament to back our motion calling for the 4p increase to be scrapped and a fuel duty regulator introduced.

    What this regulator does is simple. When the price of oil increases and the UK treasury is fillings its coffers, that will be directly passed on to motorists at the pump, keeping the price of fuel at a reasonable and constant level.

    Tonight in the Parliament there is an opportunity for all the parties to unite and put pressure on the UK government to take the action that people want -- for the fuel duty increase to be scrapped and a fuel duty regulator, as promised, to be delivered.

    Thank you for your support,

    Keith Brown MSP

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    Many times in human history men and woman that talk of dreams and peace are killed . Only when you realise that SHITE comes when you try to live a simple peaceful life
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    Off to make a wee film aboot a sad loney pallet. Love and light from the rust bucket x
    Old firm nonsence . Pathetic grow up
    SCOTLAND gave the world tarmac any chance of getting a wee bit back for oor potholes..
     
    When the government speaks the words " Safety " you know they are just after the contents of your wallet
    Tripping on LIFE
    DRUG RUN Friday getting expencive with the cost of fuel
     
    A smile the most valuable gift we can pass around.
    Being possitive is easy when all around is calm . The trick is staying possitive when all around
    Is shite
    Wonders of the universe Sunday 9.00pm tele at its best . Brian Cox is an incredible narrator
     
    SCOTLAND an oil rich country how come we then pay some of the highest prices in Europe ?.
    Watching " The cove " again , everyone that visits bloody SEA WORLD and the like should be made to watch this first..
     
     
     
     
     
     

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