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Friday, 24 September 2010

Closing Blog

I have spent the last few days closing down all my sites facebook twitter etc  and my other blogs ,i have decided to keep only my main blog at the bus 
for the moment .

i will also keep my yout tube here

i would like to thank everyone for the comments here at hte solitude over the last year or so and hope you get all your dreams

peace and light


Thursday, 16 September 2010

Naked From The Heart ( SOD U CANCER )

A wee film dedicated to my wonderful beautiful strong wife Mel and to my home Scotland ,after fighting three lots of cancer including two lots of breast and one skin cancer even after spending three years living with a wrong diagnois of bone cancer . with the help of the Scottish mountains she is still here so daily we both shout loudly SOD U CANCER .peace and light from the daft wee hermits

The soundtrack is once again our friend Sally and Jezz

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


We had a great day being filmed and interviewed for the Scottish television show The Hour ,it was to do with our way of life our crafts and how we use aternative energy to live without bills ,the best part of the day was seeing Mel perform her poem A Winters Morning , the interview will be shown within the next three weeks ...The film is part of a series to do with Scottish characters..Living in an old tin can in the Scottish highlands miles from anywhere it never ceases to amaze me the people you can meet via the laptop from all over the world .. Early night tonight as i am up at 4.00 am to head of to the beach to make a film for a band and our friend Kisty WHO.S EDNA ,i love working with musicians and if my wee film can help to get them noticed to me it is worth more than money..

Monday, 6 September 2010


My latest wee film really enjoyed this journey and i hope you enjoy this wee film

Andy the dafthermit

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Living a simple life off the grid WHY ????

I have led  what you might call an alternative lifestyle for over twenty five years now ,ever since leaving the army and apart from a couple of times  trying to lead a NORMAL life well in the eyes of family and friends at the time ( which resulted in my house being broken into three times in one year by a friend i found out later ,simply because i worked hard at stating a business and done well

the people around me at the time got jealous and decided to help themselves .

so one day i got myself a wee caravan and headed back on the road and with NO regrets i travel the road of simplicity and wake every day free from debt and look forward to the next adventure like a wee boy at Xmas.

With the rise in technology it has made things easier and easier , but i only pick and choose what i want to make life simpler and greener for example solar and wind power a no brainer for me ,the thought of being tied to some large company that has control over my power both in supply and cost makes no sense and scares me , when i hear of some old person that has died simply because of the fear of turning on the fire or lights it annoys and at the same time reaffirms by belief in living green, yes at first the cost of the equipment is expensive but then i have sacrificed and saved hard to get the things that will carry on and produce power at no cost both to myself or the environment  .


So at the hermit hovel i have both solar and wind power and a good supply of batteries .

another of the things i simply can’t get my head round WATER bills

so for the past 25 years i have collected my own water from streams or the rain that falls from the sky


So why do i live a simple green life ???????????????/,

easy freedom, freedom from bills and at the same till trying to look after my wee bit of the earth i happen to living on at the time .

to ability to up and go and not be tied down by debt


peace and light


Andy the dafthermit






Friday, 3 September 2010


This is my latest wee film ,living the simple life i get so much time to think and while messing about on the laptop i came across this piece of music Fairy Lullaby not sure of the artist . anyway i hope you enjoy it

peace and light from the wee rusty tin can


This is my latest wee film ,living the simple life i get so much time to think and while messing about on the laptop i came across this piece of music Fairy Lullaby not sure of the artist . anyway i hope you enjoy it

peace and light from the wee rusty tin can

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Living a simple free life,bureaucrats,jealousy and where do you go to the toilet ? , rose tinted glasses and some wee pictures . living FREE FREE FREE FREE

Before i start with today’s post i thought you might like to see some pictures i managed to get yesterday on a wee wander up the hills at the back of us ..

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A TIME TO THINK and regroup my beliefs
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With myself and dogs  exhausted after our long walk yesterday i was glad to hit the pit after several hours online catching up with emails etc ,so at 4.30am all quiet descended on the wee hovel high in the mountains ….

This morning i was wakened by the sound of Mel outside talking to someone and i lay there for several minutes trying to listen to the conversation and through a still half sleepy blurr i realised it was someone from the council.
I dragged myself out my bed and got dressed and opening the window i asked Mel to open the door ( which we close when visitors come to keep Dylan at bay )

With eyes still trying to peel themselves open from sleep ,i listened as it was explained that someone had text the council to complain that i had been writing on my blogs about living free and that they weren’t happy.

So after A YEAR AND A HALF Bureaucracy comes calling and with Democracy in full flow the fact that one single person can complain that then  sets the wheels rolling has never surprised me ,so with the usual questions age, name etc etc and the one that always gets me
WHERE DO YOU GO TO THE Toilet ????? being my my favourite ,i was asked if i use chemicals which i don’t and i am proud that i simply shit in a bucket then lovingly return it to the earth but as always that answer is greeted with a look of disgust . so much better to cover the earth in proper blue chemical ..

with this ringing in my ears i then started to waken up as always the man from the council appears with a smile ( this never fools me) and after a conversation in which i was told that i see things through rose tinted glasses a phrase that stirs me up and always has ,so quick to judge then pin me down

Far from rose tinted the life that we have both lived has made certain that our eyes are wide open and if truth be said i would rather have rose tinted specs on than be BLIND to life ..

While listening to the red-tape man it was hard to concentrate the mountains where looking incredible a buzzard glides past truly free and calls out ,and the thought that we are travelling at thousands of miles per hour around the sun and at the same time the whole system spins in the wonder that is space just made me smile as always ( sorry just the daft old git waffling on again)

To the women that has been reading my blogs that then text the council :
I am sorry that my lifestyle and beliefs have upset you .The fact that i try to live a FREE life , I WILL NEVER change the fact that i talk about the use of alternative energy enabling me to not have any electric bills or the fact that i collect my water and thus no water bill, or the fact that i recycle all my rubbish saving the council a wee bit ,and at the same time tidying  all the laybys from Braemore to Aultguish i will not stop talking about this
I pay my way …

The one point that is always hurled at us the fact that we don’t pay council tax , i have asked countless councils to pay tax and always just get told to sod of but in a more formal way , i have always said that they can introduce a TRAMP TAX OR FREE SPIRIT tax and i will happily pay that along with my other bills.

I served 6 years in the British army for queen and country and although i was nor involved in a war .I have had this hurled at me by both family and people in general ,the fact is i got of my arse and signed up and if i had been asked  to fight i would have laid down my life for the country ( although nowadays my whole opinion on the army has changed ( just pawns for the rich gits ) and for people that sit at home and spout their opinions from a cosy armchair by the fire , while soldiers die in muck and guts and are then spat at on return home ( although this has changed a lot in the last few years )

I have along with my wife worked in various jobs including driving careworker and many more and because the money we earned was invested in solar ,windpower ,tools etc instead of the latest shoes or holiday etc don’t you dare have a go at me because we are able to take life at an easy pace , the fact that i listened to my old gran and have no debt as i refused to join in the plastic card society don’t then have a go when you are in debt up to your bloody neck if i sacrificed the holidays for a sustainable debt free life then i am sorry but sod off and pay your credit card and keep your opinions to yourself i say .

I now take care of my wife ,who after several battles with cancer and the ongoing affects from chemo and radiotherapy just wants to live a free from stress life as far as possible (god there s that word again FREE) life and i will do all i can to give her it..

I work hard now with musicians ,artists ,business’s etc to get the word out how wonderful Scotland is. and if i can in any way help someone to keep there business going through people visiting my blogs ,films,and pictures then at least i feel i am giving back to Scotland in some little way …

so wherever you are today reading this GO for your dreams and NEVER let them grind you down

peace and light from the wee fat bald FREE dafthermit xx

So now we wait for the eviction process to begin … ( should be a good wee film at least for next years Loch Ness film festival)


and today i will be setting up a “TRAMP TAX / FREE SPIRIT TAX we want to pay the community tax campaign”

See what some of my friends on Facebook think click here

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Living the simple life,frogs ,bees , filmmaker and willow trees




The ever changing view from the bedroom window,The simple life is getting easier but as always the simple life needs so much work and planning to get any results.

A new order has been placed at Maplins for exterior solar lights and so with them fixed  the lighting around the wee bus will be finished and as always lighting without bills magic .

The summer has been so busy and there never seems to be enough hours in the day but as we head towards my favourite time of the year the Winter the pace quickens .

I have placed an order for 100 6ft willow trees which should be delivered sometime in November

I have always loved the willow plant so versatile

at a growing rate of up to 6 ft per year the create a quick screen for privacy

also they allow cover for birds insect etc

and after 2 to 3 years you can start to collect fire wood so eventually we will be totally self sufficient with regards wood another bill gone

not forgetting the fact that they produce oxygen .





Found this wee chap inside the horsebox he looked like he was on his last legs but i slowly picked him up and carried him to some flowers and watched as over an hour he regained his strength and was soon flying and buzzing between plants doing all humans the favour of pollination so we can all eat

With the rapid decline across the planet of this wee insect it feels good to help as much as possible this wee one.



While stacking all the wood after another delivery we came across this wee chap and after a couple of snaps i moved him to the new log pile and watched as he nudged his way deeper into the log pile .

Life in the mountains has so many rewards but to me the animals insects and birds are simply wonderful to watch and be around.





 The Blackbus has now got its own postcode so i have made a sign and a large letterbox to placed near the road so the postie can quickly pop in the mail





Got an email today to say we have someone coming in a couple of weeks to do half a days filming about us for a film he is doing about life in the Scottish highlands


Also it is a little over a month till my films will be shown at the Loch Ness Film Festival so all in all the simple life is getting more and more busier


peace and light from us all here


Live your dreams

Sunday, 15 August 2010

My mind my heart

My wee latest film about my mind my heart trying to use a visual image to describe what goes on in  a dafthermits brain lol

Hope you enjoy it

peace and light

Friday, 6 August 2010

Living in the wonderful highlands of Scotland i have been able to get my creativity back with a vengence.Looking out from my wee bus at the mountains and the weather that rolls in from the Atlantic i find my mind and heart fulll of inspiration and ideas both for my films and for my photography and writing for my many blogs .This wee film is my attempt to show a wee glimce into my daft brain

Living in the wonderful highlands of Scotland i have been able to get my creativity back with a vengence.Looking out from my wee bus at the mountains and the weather that rolls in from the Atlantic i find my mind and heart fulll of inspiration and ideas both for my films and for my photography and writing for my many blogs .This wee film is my attempt to show a wee glimce into my daft brain

A new crochet blanket is born in the highlands , Mel is so talented with a set of needles or crochet needle i love to watch her create a new thing be it a scarf blanket or hat

A new crochet blanket is born in the highlands , Mel is so talented with a set of needles or crochet needle i love to watch her create a new thing be it a scarf blanket or hat

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

“NO” TO More PYLONS in the Scottish Highlands

There is a chance that they are going to run some huge pylons all the way from ullapool to Beauly and beyond


This is a wee film with links to try to stop this rape of our wonderful mountains please take a wee minute and lend your support



many thanks


Andy the dafthermit


Peace and light

URGENT HELP NEEDED Hats for sale ( save a hermit)

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                                           Help Needed
It is late on a Tuesday night here in the Scottish mountains ,outside the rain is beating doon and the mist has enveloped us ,no fire in the hearth as we have run oot of wood so no sign of the two wee starving hermits is visible.

The cupboards are bare and cobwebs stretch from door to door even our cat Wilkie has wrapped a hanky around a pole and attached it to a wee stick and mumbling something about he is off to find someone to give him a meal .. any meal

No food is in any cupboards save a wee rusty tin of mustard till Monday…

Will we make it ????
Who knows so if no more blog posts appear, forgive me and it has been amazing to meet you all here as else where on the net

We have managed to with the last of our joint strength to make and put the two wee hats up for sale on Ebay so if you can please help save two wee hermits from a cold and certain death ..

then pop over a place a wee bid on Ebay

LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU ALL and farewell to all my wonderful friends xx

Click here if you wish to place a wee bid

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Buy A Pylon save the highlands

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Take a good look at the view above ,in the next few years this view will be destroyed for ever .

                                THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN to our wonderful highlands

Equipment needed : To Help STOP THIS
Cutting equipment


cost £1.00
either buyer collects or delivery can be arranged for a small fee
if you collect please call at the  site between 2.00 am and 6.00 am ( bring a torch dismantling equipment available on site)

                                       With the price of scrap at an all time high this is an chance not to be missed…..

                                                                                JOB OPPORTUNITY

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Calling all dodgy fly by night types sick of getting caught for wee bits of scrap an new and exciting opportunity has arisen in the beautiful Highlands .

expand your horizons why mess about with wee bits of wire when ton upon ton of high grade steel and copper are available to you for the taking..

have a holiday at the same time as getting rich and a wee side line you will be doing your bit for the environment ..

The successful applicant will have little or no skill but must have a drive to work hard

HOURS:       To suit but mostly nighshift and possible weekends away
Pay        :      This is up to you the sky is the limit ( and of course the international metal markets)
Equipment :   This can be supplied at a small admin cost
Transport :     Must  have own transport as you will need to take the dismantled pylon away each night
Insurance :     Why bother just another cost
Fuel :              Nay bother bring a wee tube and sorted …( warning this may damage your health)
Food :             Italian stew can be supplied throughout the night ( may cause some side affects)
Accomadation  Everything from  5 star Hotels to a tent your choice as money will be no object
Investment :     Each successful applicant must pay the £1 ( no excuses) up front for their pylon although hp can be arranged

for further info and application form

please email :   i’
phone           :  999 night time only ( the phone lines are manned by  people that care at all times ready to help you reach your goal)

                                                                                HEALTH AND SAFETY
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At all times safety helmets and high vis jackets along with good boots MUST be worn at all times while on site visiting or working … anyone that fails to obey this will be given a bonus ….

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

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OUR WEE home

As many of you know i live with Mel well away from the grid etc aboard our old bus ,two years ago i took the plunge and dived into the world of hi tec ,buying a laptop and camera well for the first year or so i was using Dial-up and was satisfied with this ,but as my journey with my photography and eventually my start at making small films from here in the Scottish highlands wee films showing our green simple life and showing off the treasure that is the Scottish Highlands .
I started to find the limit to dial up, i had heard of Satellite systems but to be honest i was worried about the cost and how complicated the whole thing would be to set up and run especially as we tend to move a fair bit.
Well after much hunting around the net i finally came across BEYONDSL and i can not recommend them highly enough from buying the system to getting it up an running they have helped all the way even when my modem packed up ,a new replacement was dispatched no cost and i was quickly up and running again..
So i urge you that if you are thinking of getting a satellite system then visit Beyondsl because if even i can install and run it ,it must be easy.

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Open your bloody eyes ( wee beastie in a bucket)



Last night was a lovely warm night up here in the mountains and sitting outside enjoying it i noticed a wee beastie in the water barrel struggling it’s wee legs flaying in an attempt to save itself ,i reached in and scooped it up and out and gently placed it on the ground.

Over the next few minutes i watched as it eagerly cleaned and dried itself its wings once again held stiff and out right the last small droplet of water expelled from its delicate body .

until with a wee leap it was once again able to be airborne

smiling as it gained height

i got up to go in and get my late night cup of coffee when a loud buzz approached i watched as the wee beastie dived at me and landing on my lip took a good hold and bit me ,then headed off up the glen..

As my lip began to swell i smiled at the lesson i had just been shown ..


Instinct ,life and survival all in a water barrel.

The news that has filtered in to us through our wee radio here in the tin can this week has really disturbed me and just like that wee beastie it feels as though sometimes we are all flaying around to survive and instead of using our brain which we have been gifted ,blessed or simply evolved with we resort to instinct and the mob mentality

rules and unsaid forms of behaviour from the distant primary school days come back to me and just like  bullies then ,bullies now wander the world ,the only difference is in the scale .

Anyone that has the guts to stand up and speak out are gunned down either verbally or with a hidden snipers bullet and again the world is plunged into the darkness..

while sitting at the carpark in Dingwall i watched as woman approached a massive smile beaming out

i opened the window and before i could say anything she smiled and began to thank me ,unsure what it was i had done i listened as she continued to thank me a wish there were more people around like me .

eventually i found out what i had done and it was simply that while driving into town i had stopped and let a load of cars out from a side road

Eventually she headed of to the shops waving and smiling

A little later Mel came out and told me that the woman had found her in the shop and while Mel was busy loading her bags told her that she had such a lovely husband..

To me and that woman for a wee moment the world seemed like a wonderful place and why

simply because someone takes the time to stop and let someone and out and then smiles are exchanged ..

We all need to open our eyes and speak out and simply say enough is enough we will not stand by as the bullies barge their way through life without a care for their fellow humans or the environment

I pray that one day we will all be blessed with a leader or a country that leads the way to a brighter world

as i said i listened to the radio and one report was about the crisis in Korea and the sinking of the south Korean ship over a month ago ..

Then a shudder of fear gripped my body as the reporter stated that America had informed the south that they would stand by them

again images of primary school days flooded my wee brain

we need leaders not bullies and people that simply follow the popular vote so that they can continue to have power

Image for a moment that The president of America took an approach of humility instead of beating his chest and went to the border of North and south Korea and let it be know he wanted to simply to talk to the leader of the north

like what happened here  with the IRA ,you will never win anything by simply trying to over power people with force and like what happened in Vietnam when you come up against people that believe in more than just money and burgers no matter how much force you use you will lose

The only way is to break away from the school yard and TALK TALK and when that fails talk talk again

If the president approached the border naked and ready to talk

the message that would send out would be far more powerful than all the attack helicopters and troops you could muster


Here in the UK some people  still have the belief that we rule the world still with images of that pink map and our long lost empires

so still we plough huge amounts of money into weapons etc money that we can not afford but we must keep up the pretence that we are a super power

like the wee guy in the play ground that is willing to do anything to be accepted into the gang ..

so sad and humiliating

The other main topic is the oil spill as it is described ( thoughts of a spilled cup of milk) funny how a few words can lessen something so serious

this is not a simply a spill it is a huge crisis possibly one of the largest we have had happen

will this make us all stop and question what we are doing .i think not as a person that once lived in the rat race and all that that brings time is simply the main issue

a quick look at the screen as you rush out the door a slice of toast hanging from your gob the bills that are on their way ,that never stop the new sofa the new tv the car payments ,the MORTGAGE

must be paid

but a quick grunt at the screen wow that is terrible

but rush rush and the daily battle numbs down any thoughts of what we are doing to the planet

This disaster will have effects far more reaching

that have not even been talked about .. YET..

So as i sit here in my wee tin can and write this waffle it drives me to wanting to change not only myself and my countless faults but everything around me i look for lessons in Nature and usually the answers are there as well ,but above all i hope for change

I pray that the world will grow up and think a little more mature than we did in our primary school days ….

peace and light

Andy the dafthermit x



Life from the smallest as yet undiscovered creature in the deepest ocean to the largest animal swimming our wonderful planet

we are all connected and if we mess up what to us seems small and of no matter WILL come back to haunt us all

if the next oil disaster happens in the Artic then all life on the planet will be affected , the Artic is the garden of the oceans

we must stop the oil drilling there NOW and for once put our planet first before our constant need to upgrade



Cry from the deep

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Golden Eagle ( my tribute to the GOLDEN EAGLE ) yet again the sods have killed more eagles and birds of prey

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THE deaths of three golden eagles in the Highlands of Scotland are being investigated by detectives, it was revealed today.
The eagles and a number of other birds of prey were found dead in the same area of East Sutherland during the past week.
They have been sent to Edinburgh for forensic analysis to establish whether the deaths were suspicious. It is not yet known whether the birds were poisoned.
Northern Constabulary officers are working on the investigation with the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Police appealed for anyone with information about the deaths to contact them.
An SNH spokesman said: "We are aware of a current investigation by Northern Constabulary which potentially involves wildlife crime."
There have been many cases of eagles being poisoned around Scotland in recent years.
Last June, one was found dead in the Glen Orchy area of Argyll, having died from poisoning caused by toxic insecticide, while last July a poisoned eagle was found dead in Glen Esk in Angus.
Golden eagles live mainly on the open moorlands and mountains of the Highlands in Scotland, though a few are found in Cumbria.
An estimated 442 breeding pairs are in the UK.
They are threatened by habitat change and illegal killing and the RSPB lists them as birds of conservation concern.
An RSPB Scotland spokesman said: "Subject to confirmation by the authorities, this is an extremely serious incident.
"Our staff are working closely with the Northern Constabulary, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and Scottish Natural Heritage to assist with the police investigation."
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link to story in the Daily Record click here
Thoughts of the Dafthermit:

To me a wee daft fat bald git who lives in an old bus

The person and people that do this to OUR  Golden Eagles

should be dragged to the square in Inverness on a Saturday night

Their balls should be cut off dipped in poison and stuffed down their throats
and finally the talons from the eagle should be rammed up their arse

peace and light ……………………………….

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 unsure it will make it up an over the mountain top.
 He had lived many years in these glens and mountains distant memories of his first tentative flight out and over the heather moorland  far below.
The early morning mist had receded grudgingly to the west and Ullapool far off
today was going to be a good day for the hunt …
by 11.00 0’clock the sun was beating down the skies were a blue of near perfection
He leaned forward on the nest and with one final look at the chicks gently rolled out and over the cliff edge .
Falling 10 feet then 20 he tumbled to the earth far below
but this master of the skies was playing with the air as a champion boxer toys with an opponent he knows he has mastered.
As the speed increased he gently unfurls one wing then the other and dips to his right and away from the cliff edge
The air rushed up and filled the full length of the wings..
Then all below stand in awe and look up at the master of the Scottish highland skies his full wingspan 6 feet and more .
His feathers golden ,his eyes a deep and knowing black .
A loud call that sets of across the distant glens that all Scots know .
To me as a scot whenever i have been away from Scotland ,the two things that would bring a tear to my eye and a longing to be home.
The sound of the bagpipes and the call of the Eagle ….
He set of across the glen to one of his favourite places to hunt

Passing over the river he swooped round sure he had spotted something to the edge of the river
letting the air escape from his wings he glided slowly downward till he was certain
A rabbit lay across a post an EASY meal on this sunny highland day ..

With yet another call ,this time to his partner high up  in the nest to let her know he had found some food ..

After a couple of mouth full’s of fresh meat he grasped the rabbit tightly in his mighty talons and leapt into the air ,happy that his family would feed well today …

A few powerful beats from his wings and within seconds he was soaring in an ever increasing circle gaining height faster and faster ,until he had enough height to simply soar to the cliff nest and his family ..
The calls between the family echoed out across the mountains all excited at the thought of the meal
He dipped his wing and headed to the nest
WHEN a pain the like he had never felt shot out and quickly enveloped his whole body ,unsure what was happening he struggled to stay in flight but then more pain filled his body until he lost control of his prey that plummeted to the ground .

He struggled to fly but with total loss of all his muscles his wings folded in a twisted wrap around his body
He called in desperation to his partner a scream this time
no magical call
simply pain and fear .

Then ,and no matter how hard he tried to stop it
the plunge to the ground and death began ..
A final call was quickly followed by a sound i hope to never hear ever again as long as i live ..
The Golden eagle lay on the ground his wings and legs at strange angles every bone has been smashed and a tiny whimper from him said he still tried to battle the poison within ..
High in the cliff the female darted from her nest and dash across the sky soon found her by his side ..
I watched as the female nudged him and called
but i could see his eyes had closed the poison had WON.
For the rest of the day and into the night the female let out call after call to her partner but as the sun rose in the morning she knew he had gone and with the chicks calling for food she had no choice  she had to go
so with a final SCREAM to MAN she grabbed the rabbit and headed to the nest .

………..May you continue to soar my friend safe and secure away from man ….

Article: Shocking death of golden eagle

Article: Fury as another golden eagle is poisoned

The Independent on Sunday
Article: Oldest known wild golden eagle dies on island of ...
The Independent on Sunday ;  August 16, 2009 ; 295 words ... News in brief :: BIRDLIFE The oldest known wild golden eagle in the UK has died, RSPB Scotland said yesterday. The eagle, which was found dead on the island of Jura off the west coast of Scotland, was 22 years old. It ...
The Scotsman
Article: Golden eagle is our national bird
The Scotsman ;  August 28, 2004 ; James Reynolds Environment Correspondent;  700+ words ... Until that point, the golden eagle - championed by Tory MSP ... Parliament calling for the golden eagle to be officially recognised ... Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said: "The golden eagle is a very fitting species ...
The Sunday Herald
Article: Golden Eagle Award awaits champion of conservation
The Sunday Herald ;  December 14, 2003 ; Rob Edwards; Environment Editor;  686 words ... Birds (RSPB) in Scotland. The Golden Eagle Award is due to be the highlight of RSPB Scotland's centenary celebrations next ... sending in the form below. The Golden Eagle Award will be presented by broadcaster ...
The Scotsman
Article: Fury as another golden eagle is poisoned
The Scotsman ;  June 20, 2009 ; FRANK URQUHART;  694 words ... THE killing of a golden eagle in Scotland was condemned ... another poisoning of a golden eagle. This is an unacceptable ... investigations with RSPB Scotland, also hit out at the ... followed the poisoning of a golden eagle in the Borders in August ...
Press and Journal, 
The Aberdeen (UK)
Article: Golden eagle is found poisoned on Deeside
Press and Journal, The Aberdeen (UK) ;  July 21, 2006 ; Andy Philip;  462 words ... A Golden eagle poisoned on Deeside earlier this year was found ... across the region to look after wildlife. Senior RSPB Scotland investigations officer Dave Dick said the dead golden eagle was likely to have swallowed the poison close to ...
The Scotsman
Article: Golden eagle falls prey to poison bait trap
The Scotsman ;  May 24, 2000 ; James Rougvie;  700+ words ... A YEAR-OLD golden eagle has been killed by poison on a Scottish ... 21st century." Keith Morton, RSPB Scotland investigations officer, called ... Stuart Housden, the director of RSPB Scotland, said four golden eagles had been ...
The Independent - London
Article: `Disastrous' year for golden eagle killings in ...
The Independent - London ;  December 28, 2000 ; Melanie Harvey;  448 words ... THIS YEAR was the worst on record for golden eagle poisoning in Scotland, the Royal Society ... senior investigations officer for the RSPB Scotland, said 2000 had been "disastrous ... estates." Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, called on estate managers to ensure ...
The Scotsman
Article: MSPs reject move for golden eagle to be Scots icon
The Scotsman ;  December 6, 2006 ; Hamish Macdonell Scottish Political Editor;  700+ words ... action on behalf of the golden eagle. The decision was ... would help both the golden eagle population and the ... bird protection body RSPB Scotland but both he and The ... national symbol and the golden eagle was already an unofficial ...

Thoughts of the Dafthermit:

To me a wee daft fat bald git who lives in an old bus

The person and people that do this to OUR  Golden Eagles

should be dragged to the square in Inverness on a Saturday night

Their balls should be cut off dipped in poison and stuffed down their throats
and finally the talons from the eagle should be rammed up their arse

peace and light ……………………………….

© compiled from Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission sources.
Golden eagles are huge birds of prey
with a wing span of over 2 metres. They
can soar and glide high in the sky using
air currents to help them. They are a
dark brown colour with a paler golden
brown head. Young eagles have white
patches on their wings and tail. Golden
eagles have strong hooked beaks for
tearing the flesh of their prey. Their legs
are feathered and they have strong,
large, yellow feet which they use to grip
and kill animals. Their claws or talons
are sharp and curved and pierce the
body of any animal that they catch.
Golden eagles have large eyes
and very sharp eyesight. They
can see detail several times
better than humans and
can spot a rabbit
2km away.
Nest and eggs
A golden eagle’s nest, called an eyrie, is
usually found on a mountain ledge or
crag, or in a very tall tree. It is a large,
wide nest, made out of sticks and
branches. The same
eyries are used again
and again. As more
nest material is added
to them over several
years they can grow as
much as 3 metres deep.
Golden eagles lay two
eggs 2–5 days apart. The
female sits on the eggs over
a period of about 6 weeks. The
male brings in food for her and
occasionally takes a turn at
sitting on the eggs.
Both eggs hatch but
usually only one chick
survives to become an adult.
The young birds are covered in fluffy,
white down feathers and look very
different from their parents. They depend
Aquila chrysaetos
on the parents for food until they are old
enough to hunt for themselves. The
strongest chick takes most of the food
that is brought to the nest. A young
eagle starts to fly when it is about 11
weeks old. During the autumn it stays
with its parents and learns how to hunt.
Eventually it will leave them and look for
a territory of its own.
Food and feeding
Golden eagles feed on medium sized
mammals and birds, including rabbits,
hares and grouse. If they cannot find
these animals they will eat other birds
and mammals. They hunt in several
different ways. Sometimes they soar
high in the sky and then glide or swoop
down quickly in attack. They also hunt
by flying close to the ground, catching
their prey by surprise. They will fly
several miles in search of food.
Instead of hunting for themselves golden
eagles will also eat the bodies of dead
animals, including deer and sheep.
Where do they live?
Golden eagles live in mountain areas
with few trees. They avoid areas that are
farmed or where there are a lot of
A pair of golden eagles occupy a large
area of as much as 30 square miles
which is called their home range. The
home range includes the area within
which they hunt for animals and several
eyries. Part of the range is used only by
the pair and they will defend this as their
Golden eagles and humans
In the past golden eagles, along with
many other birds of prey, were
persecuted by shepherds and
gamekeepers. They are now fully
protected by law but some are still shot,
poisoned and trapped. Golden eagle
nests are also still sometimes robbed of
young birds or eggs.
During the 1950s and 1960s golden
eagles, like other birds of prey, were
affected by the use of new pesticides. It
was later discovered that these
chemicals remained poisonous long after
they had been applied and they are now
banned. It is thought that in the case of
golden eagles sheep dip was the main
problem. As the golden eagles fed on
the dead bodies of sheep that had been
dipped, the levels of poison gradually
built up in the eagles’ bodies until they
became harmful. The eggs that the
poisoned birds laid had thinner shells
which broke very easily, so they could
not produce any chicks.
Sometimes golden eagles die because
they eat poisoned bait that has been laid
out to kill other predators, such as foxes
and crows.
Changes in the golden eagle’s habitat
can make it a less suitable place for
them to feed and breed. In some parts of
Scotland there are so many deer and
sheep grazing on the moorland that
there is not enough heather left to feed
other animals. This means fewer grouse
and mountain hares and in turn less live
food for the eagles. Where there are
fewer live prey golden eagles are less
likely to rear their chicks successfully.
However high numbers of deer and
sheep do mean that more carrion is
available and this can lead to a rise in
the number of golden eagles found in an
Golden eagles search for food in open
areas and cannot hunt in dense
woodland. This means that when
forestry plantations are created on open
ground in upland areas they make it an
unsuitable habitat for golden eagles.
More and more people are using the
countryside for recreation. Climbers,
birdwatchers and photographers can
disturb golden eagles and stop them
from breeding successfully.
Finding out more
Scottish Birds
Valerie Thom (Collins)
The Birds of Scotland
Emilio Dicerbo (Lochar Publishing Ltd)
Golden Eagles
Roy Dennis and Laurie Campbell (Colin
The Golden Eagle
Jeff Watson (Poyser)
How you can help
You could become involved with groups
of other people concerned with the
future of Scotland’s wildlife. Check your
local library for information about groups
in your area.
The Young Ornithologists Club (YOC),
which is the junior section of the RSPB,
produces a magazine and Scottish
newsletter which include information
about environmental issues and give you
the chance to help wildlife by taking part
in projects and surveys.
Contact: RSPB, Dunedin House, 25
Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP
The place in which an animal or plant
A chemical that is used to kill pests.
An area of planted woodland (often used
to describe large areas recently planted,
mainly with conifers).
An animal that kills and eats other
An animal that is killed and eaten by
another animal.
The area in which an animal or group of
animals lives and which they defend
against other animals of the same kind.
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Friday, 30 April 2010


The smell of a flower
A full moon
A new moon
The flow of a river…….
Wood smoke drifting
The colour blue
the smell and taste of a fish supper,
the call of a fog horn
the smile of a child
wind in the trees….
a sunrise
the dawn chorus
the flight of an eagle
the buzz of a bee,
the bark of a stag
and croak of a thousand frogs…..
the movement of a field of golden wheat in the early summer
silver birch covered in moss
the flutter of a butterfly
the nudge of a dog
the purr from a contented cat..
clouds in a blue sky
the trail of a comet
a sky filled to overflow of stars.
coffee roasting
fresh bread resting..
a v8 engine
the sound of a flute
the roar at Hamden
the kiss of a loved one
the hug of a stranger
the flow and ebb of a tide on a pebble beach
a warm cosy bed
the roar of a fire
and gold
the call of an eagle
the chirp of a pied wagtail
a horse in full gallop

These are some things that inspire me
what about YOU ???….
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