Friday, 15 April 2011

"Who is Lorne?" I hear you say...

Pict of Lorne playing his pipes standing on dog sledge
                         I'VE DONE IT! I've got my Husky Dog Driving Licence
                         Joi-JOILLLL!   HREEEIIIEEEIII

Lorne Brown is the guy who draws the cartoons for me, he is Christine's father. A couple of years ago he decided that he wanted to do something different. As you can see by these photographs he succeeded in his challenge and he got his Driving Licence.

 I have pasted an enticing introduction from his website...where you can read more about his experiences. Please have a look in, it makes a jolly good read.

At 78 years of age I don't know if I'm acting maturely or not but I'm combining a trip to East Greenland to attain my Husky Dog Driving Licence with raising donations for the Guide Dogs for the Blind –

Pict. of snowy canyon with sledge tracks and blue sky

In July 2009, I retired for the second time having been a workaholic and always finding something to keep busy. Like many others I never seemed to have enough time in the day, week or year for that matter. Until – sitting in front of a computer screen in the office, I realised that time is finite. Response?
Lorne standing under ice and snow overhang, it dwarfs him
What am I doing here? Pack it in. Go home. I did!Next day, I had my comeuppance with the dreadful thought: What have I done by retiring? I've shot myself in the foot!
I enjoyed working and here I am at my wits’ end after 16 hours. What can be done with all this spare time? I'll go to Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland and see how the mushers and Inuits live. I did go; enjoyed the experience and I'm going back this year to obtain a Husky Dog Driving Licence.
Pict. of sledge at base camp, it looks cold snow everywhere clear blue sky

Lorne managed to raise over £3,000 for guide dogs and you can still donate on his
Just Giving page which is secure and can be used from anywhere in the world.


  1. Well done Lorne on your great achievement!
    Ian, sorry I know that this is not the right place for a reply to a twitter query you had, but I am not a member of any of these sites but I saw you were looking for place to stay with the pups, and I have the very place up in Banchory. I stay there with my GDS boarders and it is super. Please contact me by email for further details.

  2. Hello, thankyou for your comment, but I cannot seem to reply to you can you send me our email address? plus who are you?

  3. Hello, Banchory! I will email you...I wont post your comment to keep your email private