Cabin Life


The Lake Isle Of Innisfree
By William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.


This year’s Black Sheep Bandit van adventures have been very different from the madness of last year’s escapades. The big change has been separating the daygame (in Russia) and the van living. I’ve found an idyllic spot on an island in Finland to park up when I’m not on my seduction missions across the border.

So far less driving or sleeping in city centre car parks. It’s blissful being in the cabin-like van next to the water with just the sound of seagulls and waves. Life slows down when I’m here – I walk through forests, collect firewood, read, watch the stars. It’s the perfect balance to the madness of daygame missions when I’m in Russia.

Island life costs me almost nothing. Very little fuel because I’m not driving much. Free electricity from my solar panels. Water from a nearby boat dock. I’ve only filled up my gas tank for the stove once this year. Food is the only expenditure but there’s a cheap supermarket not far.

As a spotty teenager in Wales I often read the W.B Yeats poem about lakeside life and daydreamed about it coming true. Well here I am, twenty something years later, in my cabin by the water with a deep feeling of contentment that has taken me by surprise.

3 thoughts on “Cabin Life”

  1. Your level of calm chilled ZFG contentment is massively inspiring Tom. A true outlaw and life lover 😀

  2. Had myself a camper in Canada and USA for 10 yrs Tom. It’s a blessed life indeed. Love to give it a go in Europe.
    Keep rockin’ it Tom!!
    Mr. Freeme

  3. Cool Tom. You deserve it. The daygame thrills and the van life chills.
    I tried ordering your book, but somehow couldn’t get through the payment process. I don’t have or can get a credit card (long story due to my credit history), so tried another payment method in the Netherlands called Ideal. But there it errored on Amazon. I am now in the process of getting a debit card and hope I can purchase stuff from you then.
    Excuse my comment on your last yt video. I saw it was deleted. It was supposed to be funny and not insulting or demotivating). Another lesson learned for me. Don’t try to be funny. You once said, girls are not looking for a Jim Carey, they are looking for a James Bond (even though you hear girls often say, I want a guy that can make me laugh). Spot on!
    BTW, you don’t have to post this comment (or all of it). You can also consider it a pm.

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