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.

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 »

Truly colourful memories

June 4th, 2016

DSC03423I’VE LONG maintained that May and September are the months to see Scotland at its best, and the Doyenne and I got a taste of the best last weekend. …read on »

A seabird bonanza

May 28th, 2016

DSC03398THERE COULD be no doubting I had reached the RSPB’s Fowlsheugh seabird reserve. The reserve, at Crawton between Catterline and Stonehaven, is aptly named – Fowlsheugh means bird cliff. It’s not the squalling voices of seabirds that greets you, as you might expect, but the powerful, fishy smell of generations of seabird guano coating the high cliffs where the birds nest. …read on »

Mrs Tiggywinkle’s boys

May 21st, 2016

DSC03421MAY IS bustin’ out all over – well, it is here in the Mearns. In the song from the 1960s musical, Carousel, it’s actually June that is bustin’ out all over. The story is set in the fishing port of Maine, in New England, on the US eastern seaboard, and perhaps the season is later over there. Or did June just sound better in the lyrics? – I haven’t the faintest idea. …read on »

Stirring signs of summer

May 14th, 2016

Maggie Law-3IF ONE swallow doesn’t make a summer perhaps five house martins swooping in dazzling aerobatics in the sky above us was a good omen. It was the Doyenne who saw them first and they were welcome arrivals. …read on »