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.

Buddleia butterfly bonanza

September 10th, 2016

dsc03716I’LL BEGIN this week’s piece with an update on our butterflies which have been putting on a colourful show and providing a great deal of pleasure. …read on »

Diversity of Scottish harvest

September 3rd, 2016

dsc03682THE DOYENNE and I support Scottish agriculture. We eat steaks and roasts from good Scottish beef, legs of lamb and lamb chops, rolled shoulder of pork and pork chops too. We’re fond of chicken and at Christmas eat turkey, or Scottish buffalo if we are visiting our daughter. …read on »

Fishermen’s parallel world

August 27th, 2016

dsc03670OTHER THAN farmers, passionate gardeners and golf course and bowling club greenkeepers I suspect the majority of us take grass pretty much for granted. We wish we didn’t have to cut it because it just encourages it to grow again. …read on »

Fine harvesting memories

August 20th, 2016

dsc03655THE HARVEST is underway now. For the next month combine harvesters will crawl across the landscape gobbling up the golden grain and threshing it all in one operation, and spewing out the spent straw to be baled into monstrous Swiss rolls. …read on »

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 »