Tuesday, 14 February 2017

some stepping stones map, some o the places we have lived at etc , not acual map , but not far off the truth


we loved just opening the map. and remebering tales from aw over the UK. simple life . love n hugs babes xx

max newbury gas bottle

lol, mind a time doon near Newbury, we were parked up. used tae tie Max up , while we got ready ( close too the road ). anyways one day i had him tied up tae a full gas bottle. had noticed he barked when a cyclist passed each day. sitting one day Mel and me up early could hear the cyclist swearing at him throwing summit. before i could go oot. Mel and me watched , jaws hitting the floor as Max and gas bottled legged it up the road after the cyclist.. got too him as i seen the cyclist get on his bike, riding off " dirty fucking gypsys" . then oor pal turned up from the local school. lovely lady the wee headmistress, came tae place another order for 3 more nest boxes and birdtable. she was in shock at what she had seen and heard. never saw that cyclist again.. , mel was working in local nursing home at the time. oor wee furkids best alarm system xx

mels words , a few wee days spent bimbling







love n light my wee warrior xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dealing wae the many disasters life throws at you..

Not far from the spot where oor home went from the top picture tae the bottom one. after being run off the road by an artic truck.. for ten minutes we were in bits , having thought we were going tae die as i tried tae get us back on the road. then as always a hug and we picked ourselfs up. Mel saying we should go tae Ullapool get some breakfast then deal wae it. for four oors or so we stripped what was left. tidied everything up , made a new home and went back tae working the beaches.. one person stopped and asked if we needed help. oor old buyer

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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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