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.

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

Barking mad on the beach

April 15th, 2017

DSC04232THE ONLY time I took Inka One, the current Inka’s grandfather, on Montrose beach was for a surprise 1st Birthday Party for Kiwi, another black Labrador. …read on »

Securing out fragile nature

April 8th, 2017

SNH hog S. UistFORTY YEARS ago brown hares were a common sight on the ploughed fields at this time of year, but around the mid-1970s their numbers declined sharply. Predation and loss of habitat due to changes in farming practise were two of the explanations suggested for the downturn but I’m not sure that a definitive explanation has ever been given. Over recent years their numbers have slowly recovered, though I doubt if they will return to their previous level in my lifetime. …read on »

The sounds and sights of spring

April 1st, 2017

DSC04195NEVER MIND the first day of spring, last weekend and Monday’s blue skies and sunny weather had me wondering if we’d skipped straight into the first days of summer. It was good to leave my jacket behind and feel the heat of the sun on my face when I took Inka for his afternoon walk. …read on »

Spring arrives step by step

March 25th, 2017

DSC04178EACH YEAR, about mid-September, I start looking into the skies above the house for the first of the ragged chevrons of pinkfeet and greylag geese reaching the end of their annual migration from their Arctic summer breeding grounds, just as their ancestors have done for a thousand years. …read on »

A taste of the Lake District

March 18th, 2017

DSC04174The Doyenne and I are back after a break in Crumble Cottage, in Cartmel, not far from Morecambe Bay – so, Lake District. Why Crumble, you ask? Our hosts grow rhubarb and make lots of rhubarb crumble and the name just evolved spontaneously. …read on »

Stories carved out in horn

March 11th, 2017

DSC04161YOU CAN’T have your head in the clouds all the time when you’re out walking dogs or, before you know it, you’ve tripped on an old twisted root and fallen flat on your face. I certainly spend a lot of my time looking into the sky and all around me but, whiles, it pays to keep an eye on what’s going on beneath my feet. …read on »

Miscellany of nature and dogs

March 4th, 2017

DSC04115A SACK of Shakings is the title of a book of reminiscences by author Frank T. Bullen from the glory days of sailing ships. The expression refers to an assortment of odds and ends of rope and canvas accumulated during a sailing voyage which were the perquisites of the chief mate (second-in-command after the Master). I had a copy but, as is the fate of many books, I’ve lent it and forgotten who the borrower was. …read on »

Many varied signs of spring

February 25th, 2017

DSC04105DESPITE THE relatively mild winter the countryside has a weary and faded look as if spring can’t come too soon. …read on »

Shrewd observations on drink

February 18th, 2017

20170212_094249AT THE end of last week a reader called to tell me he had been watching a small pack of five white fronted geese in a field near Arbroath. Like the other grey geese they are winter migrants to the UK but I associate them with the West coast, especially Islay, and I don’t believe that I have ever seen one. …read on »

Walks by the water’s edge

February 11th, 2017

DSC04091STILL WATER, seawater and wild water are the themes of this week’s piece. …read on »