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.

Death and renewal

August 13th, 2016

DSC03639THE BLACK Isle is one of Scotland’s bread baskets – rich, fertile land so called, some say, because of its temperate climate. When the rest of Scotland is white with winter snow it sidesteps the Black Isle whose fields are snow free and black. …read on »

Thriving birds and beavers

August 6th, 2016

DSC03600WE THINK we have a third clutch of tree sparrow chicks ready to fledge and leave the security of the nesting box. …read on »

Colour the countryside

July 30th, 2016

DSC03579JUST BEFORE the turn-off to Brechin, travelling north up the A90, you can’t miss the field of startlingly blue flowers. It is a field of phacelia which is something of an ecological win-win plant. …read on »

Visiting the true home of smokies

July 23rd, 2016

DSC03565THE TRUE home of the Arbroath smokie is not Arbroath but the ancient fishertoun of Auchmithie, some four miles up the old red sandstone coast, ragged and wonderfully worn and sculptured by the sea and the waves. …read on »

Hedgerow fruits head for the pot

July 16th, 2016

DSC03561WE TAKE it for granted that the countryside is full of colour but, surprisingly, the palette of colours of our Scottish wild flowers is just five. …read on »

Little things mean so much

July 9th, 2016

DSC01687AT LAST I’m seeing butterflies in the garden and out on my walks with Inka. Usually isolated Small Whites, but a Ringlet passed me on its way to only it knew where as we walked along the shore of the loch at the foot of Glenesk. I wished it well and hoped there was a mate at the end of its journey. …read on »

Clever dogs who help to save lives

July 2nd, 2016

BioDOGS’ NATURAL abilities to be more than man’s best friend sometimes strike me as quite uncanny. …read on »

Parent birds are run ragged

June 25th, 2016

DSC03502IN SUMMER one of my secret ponds effectively dries out, but for two or three months at this time it is completely covered in bogbean whose name does not do justice to this pretty flower of bogs and ponds. The flowers are star-shaped, five petalled, pinkish outside and white within, with a ragged white fringe. …read on »

Survival tactics

June 18th, 2016

DSC03463WE’RE ALWAYS learning. A reader called with a strange story and hoped I could provide an explanation for what had happened. …read on »

Life’s an open book

June 11th, 2016

DSC03454A CHANGE is as good as a holiday, so the saying goes. This week’s article comes from Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town and home of the Wigtown Book Festival. It could hardly be more of a change for the Doyenne and me, and we are on a working holiday. …read on »