Thursday, 16 August 2012

A dogs tale an extract from DEVILS DITCH my latest wee book , coming soon..

In the last rays from a perfect summers day , dogs barked and ganged together to patrol up and doon the track ..

At the many sites I have been on , I have always loved nothing more than to just sit and watch the dogs and their daily life unfold ..

The pecking order quickly asserted not with standing the occasional challenge .. They would meet up early ,usually before the site and its people had even begun tae stir. They would approach each live in vehicle . after a brief discussion always amazing tae watch much sniffing ,yelping and always the odd roll aboot in the dirt , ONE would be chosen tae enter best suited for that particular hoose...

Outside the excitement would grow , what would surface some juicy uncooked bit of meat ? , some home made bread ? ,always good with jam on...

with drooling reaching flowing point each dog in ever growing animated conversation the excitement would reach the point that a full on battle was surely aboot to erupt..

At which stage nearly always the chosen dog would emerge at the door.. its bounty proudly displayed . Like some returning warrior from far off distant lands , the PRIZE would be placed at the feet of the leader,, a loud howl quickly followed by other ever more excited ones would fill the site …

                                 Then onto the next chosen hoose


The faces on the dogs though , when having chosen the wrong dog tae approach the hoose and after the build up tae breakfast.. were then faced with .. The warrior , standing in the doorway awaiting the expected loud cheer from his comrades an old sock or boot held firm between clenched jaws ..

The look on their faces as one by one they turned there backs, and headed doon the track heads held doon muttering ,, with the disgraced warrior trailing ,still excited at his hard won PRIZE...

Throughout the day smells from cooking , exhausts and the occasional spliff would mingle with music tae fill your lungs and soul with life on a site

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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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