Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Mon BABES xxxx



me and mel



Just got off the phone wae Ronnie , MEL is being cremated tommorow Monday the third of October 2016.


my wee warrior will be back home Wednesday Fifth of October…. .. i hope.


i stuck tae your last wish babes … i am so sorry that all that we had planned was taken away .. through them many nights we talked openly aye since 2004 . we had tae face up too death .. over the years and the many battles and near death experiences we took comfort in how you would leave , what YOU wanted etc etc .. aye them many hours dreaming and hugging we sat ..  always ready for that next call. another cancer , etc etc .. 


every step of the road stories trickle then flood the way ahaed..


“ you canny dae that” rings out .. naw , watch us eh babes..


the cliffs we scrambled doon the gether , even though you were in so much pain. then sitting as i moved a rock so you could just nestle intae ..


wandering off , i would watch ma wee warrior in gales and sun , smile the smile o marriage .. 


we argued lol many times who, had taught who, so much …


i will ALWAYS love you babes..  through those hard tears o seperation we giggled .. 


i am PROUD TO CALL YOU MY WIFE, thankyou for all the happiness and tears the many miles bimbled the gether..



NOO STOP FUCKING ABOOT , AND GET HAME , aw ready here, tae hit the road….




aye i’m writting , for fucksakebabes . lol 



Wednesday, 28 September 2016

why i love tae write and share , love n light ma pal xx

My Dearest Andy,
I just finished working a 6-day stint and have not had a proper moment to reflect and mourn the loss of your sweet Mel ... until now. I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you both with great sadness over such a deep and senseless loss (Sod you, Cancer!) mixed with great joy that Mel is free from the pain at last.
I wanted to relay a little story of what happened at my work the day that Mel went to sleep for the last time. I am a cashier at a very busy grocery store. I smile at every customer and ask them how they are and when asked the same, I always reply "I'm great! Thanks for asking!" (or something similar) ... even if I'm not really great. Because there is no time to discuss worries or problems or anything that may be going on in my personal life. And most people would not care to know about all that, anyway. But the day that we lost Mel, I had gone outside for my ten-minute break to smoke a much needed cig and to check emails and facebook msgs on my phone. That's when I read your heartbreaking post about your beloved Wee Warrior.
I have always found it difficult to cry no matter how much pain I feel. (I think that comes from an abusive childhood ... another story for, perhaps, another time.) But learning of Mel's death brought immediate tears. For ten minutes, I sat alone under a tree behind the store and cried.
Then, all too soon, my "break" was over and I had to get back in to stand at the cash register and greet customers with a smile. I composed myself as best I could and went back to work. My first customer upon my return, was a curmudgeonly old man, a regular, who always has something to complain about. He has a permanent, angry scowl on his face ... we didn't have the graham crackers he wanted, or I didn't bag his groceries the way he wanted, or I took too long to ring him up, etc. etc. I was glad for him in that moment, because I didn't have to pretend to be happy!
But the customer after him was a woman whom I'd never seen before. With a smile and sincerity, I asked her how her day was going and she said she'd been having a wonderful day. She asked me how I was. Before I could say anything, she said, "You seem sad. Tell me, are you OK?" I was honestly quite taken aback.
There was something so kind and spiritual about her. So, trying not to cry, I told her that I had just gotten some very sad news.
She said, "please tell me."
I said that a very lovely, special friend had just died of cancer.
The woman said, "What's your friend's name?"
I said "Her name is Mel."
"Well then," she replied, "you need to go to your boss and tell her that you must leave today. You need to be with Mel's loved ones and others who understand your great loss. You need to do this for them and for you."
I explained to her that Mel and her husband, Andy, were in Scotland, so, going to be with you would not be possible.
She said, "I'm so sorry. Having them so far away must be especially hard for you."
I told her that I would be OK but that, yes, not being able to share physical space with Mel's husband and friends in Mel's beloved Scotland, was very painful indeed. I also said, "even though I've known Andy and Mel for several years and have felt
closer to them than I have most of my own family, I've only ever known them through Facebook and through Andy's blog and videos. I've never even been to Scotland or had the privilege to meet them in person and now, Mel is gone, so I will never have the chance to sit with her or hug her or hear her laugh... even if I do finally get to Scotland one day."
This woman told me that she completely understood how a long-distance connection can be so strong and true. She said, "it doesn't matter that you have never shared physical space with them. You have shared something much more than that. The spiritual connections we have with our soul friends are as strong and valid and pure as any we might have with the family and friends who are physically near to us."
She asked me to tell her about Mel and you. I told her that you are "Bimblers"; that you travel the Highlands of Scotland with your dog Cus, in your caravan that is decked out with solar panels. That you both are caring, funny, smart, creative people. That Mel knitted (or crocheted, I couldn't remember which) lovely hats and scarves and she loved winter time. That Mel was so strong and brave, having fought against that fucking cancer for years and that Andy had fought with her and beside her. That most importantly, the two of you never let cancer define who you are or how you've lived your lives. I told her that your life and love story had inspired people around the world and that you both are deeply loved by so many.
She thanked me for sharing you two with her. She said she would light candles for you and for Mel, for you both to be strong through this transition. She said it made her heart happy to learn about you and to share in her own small way, in the profoundly beautiful story of the Hermits, Mel & Andy. She came around the counter and hugged me, then picked up her bags of groceries and left the store.
Strangely enough, I am usually busy with customer after customer, with no time for anything but a quick "how are you?" and "thank you, have a nice day." But, not a single customer came to my register while this conversation took place. It was like everything else around us stopped or disappeared altogether. It was just me and this beautiful stranger who came into my day at the perfect time. It was pure magic, Andy! I think Mel just may have had a hand in that and I just had to let you know.
Thank you, Mel! And thank you, Andy. I'm so blessed to have you in my life!
Love & Light as you bimble on together forever, my Dear and Beautiful Soul Friends



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Thursday, 22 September 2016



listening to the weather today on the radio , as a voice trails off intae dissapointment as apparently the fine weather is "going  DOWNHILL"... after a rather lovely etc etc etc ....

fuck better no saying anything... listening happily as the lassie goes on to say .. " sadly the rain will come in from the West "..( fuck, happys .. quick get the laundry out... ) a quick bit o water gathering Molly washed doon...  solar panels cleaned .. 

oh fuck the lassie now telling off high winds ..  ( fuck, happy days..... wind genny then begins tae play in the wind ...  laundry drying...  AYE FUCK , HOPE THE MORRA WILL BE BETTER.. 

Sitting here, ready to begin the nightshift .. coffee in hand a wee spliff , just glad to sit on my arse a while... all quiet in the hovel..

Mel woke up earlier for ten minutes , first time she woke up since yesterday..  had a good wee chat , even got a wee smile.. sorted out the bed , told tell her who had texted etc etc  .. sorted out her water bottle , then turned just as ma wee warrior fell asleep again.....

and aye ,enjoyed the sun the day..
had a huge sort out enjoying the sun , managed to do a bit more on the kitchen units.. sorted oot the tides till Jan .. chased up everything on the official side, fucking tough..

sorted out some more solar lights , well chuffed wae the wee table lights..

good to work with wood and create ,so much fun.. the whole thing o the journey o creating anything..
checked Molly over again, oil, lights, etc etc .. aw ok....

was thinking today if i should get a smaller vehicle.

decided though to keep her so much energy has already gone intae the wee bus...  

Done and been through many tough times , but sitting here watching my wife melt away , fuck fuck fuck.. 

lessons though from this journey flood in.. 

SOUNDS LIKE THE WASHING MACHINE HAS STOPPED, a quick check and aye o fresh , mountain fresh ... 

wait a minute , sounds like the patient is stirring ..  NO, back too sleep....  good to see the pain going...  the screams, tears and smiles  ring oot..
oor wee pal the deer came to see us a few days ago , have know her years now, comes and sits by whatever vehicle we are in.. when the deep snows come she will always nestle under oor hame..

so much life at Droma , enjoying the wee fires at night .. and sitting listening tae the night track... pure magic.. so it is..

managed a couple o hours last night..  that reminds me, got tae make up a bed on the floor or maybe just sleep in the chair ..  fuck it, aye chair it is ..

aye been a lovely day so far the day.......  sun rain and wind , pure magic..

love n light from us aw in the wee tin can xxx


beautiful day wae these guys , have always loved tae be arround horses...  was told NOT to go in the field as the big guy was uncontrollable.. aye, right so he is..going intae a field o horse and spending the night with them ...  sorry prattling on again..




Anyways better get on the shift..  love n light xx 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

everydayhero: Highland Hospice Donations .. many thanks for the help in letting me give my wife want she wants ie to die at home and for helping our doctor , love and light from us in the wee tin can xxx

many thanks for the help in letting me give my wife want she wants ie to die at home and for helping our doctor , love and light from us in the wee tin can xxx

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Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Two old bimbling farts: The last Flight

Two old bimbling farts: The last Flight: Eagle the shame of man From his nest high up on the south facing cliff an eagle watches as the sun rises in the east, slowly at first as if...

Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

Monday, 12 September 2016

12 year battle with cancer

On August 21st 2016 , Our doctor Katherine came out too the wee bus parked up at Loch Droma.. after checking my wife Mel she agreed with me that Mel would die within 1 – 7 days.. Today 12th September 2016 my wife fights on..   But as the days drift past she gets weaker and weaker the pain although mostly under control sucks her energy away .. 12 years battling five lots of cancer have taken its toll on ma wife ..the days now are filled with remembering our many adventures .. constantly saying to each another how much we will miss each another..tears flow some happy some dark… watching the fight leave my wee warrior the toughest thing i have ever gone through but at the same time we know we have been blessed to have spent so so many years together ..  hope as always sits ..  but we both know there is no way back and all i want is my wife to be comfortable and as happy as i can make her journey ..   love n light my wee warrior , I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER MY WONDERFUL WIFE  ..  xxxx

Friday, 9 September 2016

EVICTION ( THE BATTLE OF THE MACHINES ) TWO wee hermits fight back.

Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

Two old bimbling farts: MacWoody the wee abused Pallet

Two old bimbling farts: MacWoody the wee abused Pallet: 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 da...

Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016

Permission to use my friends music SALLY HOPE AND TAM CAMERON

Love and light from the wee rusty tin can here in the Scottish highlands............ Alba gu brath

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Discrimination and prejudices (Mels monthly cancer meds)

Discrimination and prejudices ( Mel's 4 weekly meds )
That time again the meds have almost run out ,and with 4 days worth left time too sort out the next 4 weeks of morphine etc . As many of you will know, I now deal with the meds after watching , listening and not being heard for 7 years as Mel went up and down taking far too much resulting in me finding Mel in the morning almost dead from an overdose at least 5 times. The medical professionals could not control her intake. Then I decided with Mel's consent too take control of the Meds locking them out of reach..and even though we explain this is how we do it. Still the health professionals refuse too talk too me with regards Medication.
Pulling into Lochinver late Sunday night ( with still 5 days med left )ready too phone the surgery the next day . But when Mel woke she said she couldn't cope with dealing with the doctor and nurses and got herself into a state, I took her well away and parked up near Drumbeg . Managed to calm her down again and had a good couple of days.
Thursday, headed back too Lochinver expecting no problems with the Meds , especially as it is a surgery Mel has been registered at before . ( although under a doctor who is no longer there).
Friday we were up early and I gave Mel the remaining meds knowing we would be helped .
After I had finished shopping and getting other supplies we headed over to the car park next too the surgery and Mel phoned..
9.00 am Mel got in touch with the receptionist at the Surgery after explaining everything and asking if it would be possible for my husband/carer to come over and get the meds. The lovely receptionist said she would talk with the doctor and get right back..
9.45 The nurse came over too our home parked in the car park.
The stress started almost the moment the nurse ( name withheld ) came aboard. She explained the doctor ( again name withheld) had said " we can't have the meds and we must make our way too Ullapool (50 miles away ).
The nurse pointed out you must have passed Ullapool too get here . I explained no we we came up via leadmore junction but could have also arrived via Tongue she simply shrugged that off and continued to say we can't get meds and must make our way too Ullapool. Explaining once again we are travellers and are NFA.
Hidden anger in her voice she said " We know".
Again I tried too explained that every surgery in Scotland must not discriminate against travellers arriving at any surgery..
I was told I was NOT listening ( biting my lip I let it go, I just wanted some meds for Mel )
The nurse asked Mel is there anything we can do for you pads , equipment etc.
Mel " just my meds "
Me can you please ask the doctor if she is refusing too give us the 4 weeks med could she please at least give us some to cover us incase anything happened on the journey too Ullapool or wherever we choose to go next. Especially as it is Friday and nothing Would be open till Monday meaning Mel could be in pain for at least 4 days.
The nurse then told me I shouldn't let the meds run down as low. I explained since taking over th e meds I haven't but on this occasion Mel panicked and wanted to get away from dealing with this exact thing.
Again a simple shrug and we were told she would go over and see the doctor but we would be better just heading off too Ullapool.
9.55 nurse left
Mel stressing me trying my hardest too keep her calm. Crying eventually I got her to smile and calm down.
10.15 am Nurse came over and talked too me through the drivers window. Explaining the doctor would call over too assess Mel after surgery at 10.30am. Again stating we would NOT get the meds.. She then said she had to go as she had a patient..
In the last six months we have visited various surgeries and chemists including .
Aviemore medical practice ( amazingly helpful and friendly) chemist friendly and after waiting till the next day so they could order meds all good )
Tarbet practise ( at first refused but eventually helped with our request, chemist friendly and had all meds )
Coupar Angus both doctor and chemist friendly and caring
Broadford doctor bit off with Mel re travellers but gave full 4weeks meds . Receptionist really kind and came out with prescription. Chemist amazing and again we had to wait till the next day for them to order the drugs. They got my name and phoned me to let me know the meds were ready.
Dumfries hospital and Mel broke her arm. Another tale and maybe one day I will sit and write it.
( we have made this note too help the doctors when we visit an unfamiliar surgery, it has further details on the back. ) Although we have been promised on numerous occasions that a page will be put on the computer so any doctors can get easy access to the needs and wants of my wife Mel. It has never happened.
The list of meds has been the same for the last seven years apart from quantity. Sometimes when I have got Mel comfortable and relaxed I can stretch her meds out. ( surely a good thing and one which you would think would please the medical profession's maybe even ask the husband/carer how he manages it, When they as a profession couldn't? ) .
12.00am still no sign off the doctor. Mel phoned . The caring receptionist checked and said the doctor will be over shortly.
Again I had too calm Mel down saying " don't worry it will get sorted out. Through tears again a wee smile after one of my silly jokes.
12.30pm Doctor arrives at our home in the Car park.
I welcomed her aboard Molly and thanked her for coming over
The doctor went up and started too talk with Mel again stating we need to go too Ullapool and that because they are apparently a neighbouring practise we had no choice.
Again I pointed out we are travellers and are NFA.
You can't just travel around . You will simply get peoples backs up.
Travellers are going around gathering as much meds as possible and selling them uttered the doc
( what the hell has that to do with us, again I guess your discrimination and prejudices shine through that hollow smile and false caring attitude).
I nodded and agreed ( I just wanted my wife's meds sorted.so but my lip. Inside I was angry . Peoples back up. You cheeky bugger. Are you telling me that because of my wife's condition and the fact I want to keep her happy and travel annoys you. Then simply put F**k You.. And no we don't need anything except the meds )
Some more pointless chat including did we know we will both need help as the illness progresses ( no shit sherlock ) . Again inside will that include meds. And again WE DON'T NEED ANYTHING EXCEPT THE MEDS..
Eventually I had to beg and plead for at least a weeks worth of meds till we hit Ullapool or the practise of our choice. ( I will do what it takes to get what my wife needs and wants include beg ).
1.00 pm doctor left eventually agreeing to giving us a weeks meds
Again I stressed I deal with the meds , showing her my wee med box
Yet again as the carer/husband I was ignored and the doctor dismissed me and asked Mel what meds she needed.
Before leaving we asked what now ? And was told go over at 2.00pm and the meds should be ready
Again I thanked her for coming over and causing us nothing but stress, no I simply thanked her.
2.00pm arrived at receptionist desk asked to take a seat as it was being dealt with.
2.10 collected meds and headed up the wee mad road to Achiltibuie and realaxed and calmed Mel down
Strange reading while waiting in the waiting room how the cost too the nhs from over prescription of drugs costs millions . If the doctor had listened to me .we could have saved the cost of 7 unneeded Zopiclone 7.5mg tabs
This is not the first time we have come across this sort of discrimination the worst occasion being at Kyle o lochalsh surgery. Although help came from an Snp msp at the time Mel couldn't cope. This time though I am NOT willing too let it go. If not for us ,for whoever next finds themselves at Lochinver Doctors Surgery..
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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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