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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Bordering on unbelievable

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Jupiter Artland 018THE WEEK has seemed a bit ordinary after last weekend which the Doyenne and I spent with son James and his family at Peebles, in part to celebrate a grandson’s 18th birthday. James usually finds an interesting diversion to entertain us when we visit. (more…)

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Focus on young life

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Loch Odley shelduck 013I’M HAVING fun with a new pair of binoculars which are transforming my walks with Inka. They are marketed as auto focus or perma focus which is market speak for focus free and means that I never have to adjust them. (more…)

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Wild flowers and wonder of wood

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

006A FOREST that is well looked after and productive has a dignity and a calm that is all its own – is a quotation from Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting, the most unusual and certainly the most unexpected book I have read for a long time. (more…)

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No place for sympathy in nature

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

003I DIDN’T expect to see raven chicks, peregrine chicks and buzzard chicks all in the space of a quarter of a mile. But then, until last week, I’d only ever seen the adult birds. (more…)

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Antidote to life in the fast lane

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

DSC04332TOO OFTEN, it seems to me, we are in too much of a hurry. We tell ourselves we must be at another place sooner rather than later when, in reality, if we gave the matter a little consideration – we don’t. (more…)

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Dawn songs and glen kirks

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Lochlee Kirk 008THERE’S BEEN discussion lately about the intrusion of the dawn chorus – which starts here around 4a.m. – into the slumbers of honest citizens who need their eight hours sleep every night. If I’m wakened by it I lie in bed and enjoy it or get up and take a wander in the garden. I don’t know what else I could do except bury my head under the pillow. (more…)

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A sea of passing memories

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Tom Easton cobles 004ON THE outskirts of Montrose, by the roundabout as you drive south under the red brick railway viaduct, is a salmon coble, filled with earth and planted out with summer flowers. These blue/grey fishing boats were a familiar sight on our north-east coast until about twenty years ago when the Scottish commercial salmon netting industry began to decline. Seeing it brought back a host of memories going back to my childhood. (more…)

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Darling buds and dandelion clocks

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Borage & butterflies 021MAY MORNING – the first morning of May month – when girls traditionally rise from their beds at dawn and dash outdoors to bathe their faces in the early morning dew, in expectation that it will bestow on them a flawless complexion. (more…)

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Melanistic in its magnificence

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

DSCN1040MY AUSTRALIAN cousin – his family emigrated to Australia from Shetland – and his wife, currently back in Scotland on holiday, e-mailed me a photo of a black pheasant-like bird which they spotted confidently striding along an Ayrshire roadside verge. Was it, he wondered, a cross between a black grouse (blackcock) and a pheasant? (more…)

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Sunny days and starfish

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

IMG_7016AS I sat down in front of the computer wondering how to start this week’s piece a blue tit solved the problem. I presume it was part of a courtship display, but I can’t say for certain because I haven’t seen such behaviour from a blue tit before. (more…)

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