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.

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 »

Going Forth to new horizons

September 2nd, 2017

020VICTIM OF sea winds and salt spray, the ruined chapel and graveyard of St Skae stands atop a rocky headland looking over the North Sea known to Montrosians as the Elephant Rock. I keep an eye out for it whenever I take the train from Montrose to Edinburgh. …read on »

Flights of freedom chime with history

August 26th, 2017

029A STEADY breeze was blowing over Cairn o’ Mount and, as I neared the summit, what appeared to be a parachute rose from the ground with a figure hanging below it. I stopped in the car park to watch. …read on »

Whale of a lot to do in the country

August 19th, 2017

024OUT EARLY with Inka when the morning sun is gaining heat the woodpigeons are already gently crooning to one another. …read on »

Sun sets on Angus glens

August 12th, 2017

006THERE IS magic in the music on a lovely summer day, is the opening line of a song, The Lovely Glens of Angus, which you don’t hear these days – well, I haven’t heard it for a while. …read on »

Poppies and poems

August 5th, 2017

009POETS’ CORNER in Westminster Abbey commemorates sixteen First World War poets whose names are inscribed on a slab of Westmoreland slate. With one exception they are English. …read on »

Singing nature’s sweet praises

July 29th, 2017

Doyenne's rasp jamTHEY SAY it’s not a good idea to take your religion from hymns but some are absolute belters and you feel the better for singing them. Once in a while a hymn resonates with my own experience, like one we sang last Sunday. …read on »

All at sea on the lake

July 22nd, 2017

025AFTER LUNCH on Monday I couldn’t stand sitting indoors any longer so I closed my computer and set off with Inka through the woods to Fasque Lake to see what activity there was now that the busiest part of the breeding season is coming to an end. …read on »

The water ran red

July 15th, 2017

Well of 7 heads 011THE CALEDONIAN Canal is one of the great waterways of Europe, built by Thomas Telford, one of Scotland’s greatest engineers. Running north-east to south-west, it connects the east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach, near Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe. …read on »