Being out in the countryside with my dogs gives me time to think. I’ve learnt the pleasure of solitude without being lonely, and that’s a good feeling for me.

Welcome to "Man with two dogs" - the family website for dog owners and dog walkers.

This is my countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier newspaper.

Perfect parritch – beer optional

November 13th, 2017

090I ALWAYS appreciate letters I receive from readers. The most recent was sent by a Group of Oldies. They gave no address so I am acknowledging their kind thoughts here. They ask if robins are “sometimes violent wee birds as they always look so timid”. …read on »

Paths of history

November 4th, 2017

020WE WOKE up on Monday to our first frosted grass, frozen windscreen morning of autumn and by the time Inka and I went out for the early walk the clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining in a cornflower blue sky. …read on »

Classroom in the great outdoors

October 28th, 2017

IMG_6607THIS WEEK I revisited Murton Farm Nature Reserve situated two miles outside Forfar, on the A932 Forfar-Friockheim road. The reserve was created from 80 acres of worked-out sand and gravel quarries. Over twelve years, what was derelict wasteland has been brought back into proper balance and transformed into an asset that is of value to nature, wildlife, the environment and the community. …read on »

A knock at the blue door

October 21st, 2017

010LIFE IN the countryside revolves round the four seasons. Each one affects a countryside writer like myself and I adjust my walking patterns to the daily weather and the physical conditions on the ground. …read on »

Sound, fury and Features

October 14th, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS robin is depicted as a roly-poly, jolly little bird with scarlet breast feathers epitomising all that is warm and cosy about Christmas. …read on »

A picture of the Artist’s Town

October 7th, 2017

002THE DOYENNE and I are back from a week’s break in Kirkcudbright, in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway. …read on »

Dining in memory lane

September 30th, 2017

I BOUGHT a Selkirk Bannock in our favourite Farm Shop in deepest Aberdeenshire. Seeing it lying in a basket brought back childhood memories of visiting my Loanhead aunties (outside Edinburgh) who often had it on the table for high tea. …read on »

Keeper’s vital role

September 23rd, 2017

008TUESDAY WAS one of those memorable days – sunny, soft and sweet – that confirm, if ever I needed confirmation, that I’ve never wanted to live anywhere other than my north-east of Scotland corner of Angus and the Mearns. …read on »

Conkers, conscience, combines, conclusion

September 16th, 2017

005I DON’T know how many conkers it takes to make an autumn but I’ve been picking up my first ones out walking with Inka. …read on »

Enjoying butterfly moments

September 9th, 2017

DSC03716MONDAY EVENING, setting out with Inka after the ten o’clock news for the final walk, and I still had no idea what to write for today’s column. …read on »