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 

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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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