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.

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Archive for January, 2003

Wealth of words

Saturday, January 25th, 2003

THE SCOTCH vernacular has a wealth of expressive, pithy proverbs which condense a reflection on life into a few brief words.

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The path to spring

Saturday, January 18th, 2003

THE SHORTEST day – which occurred on 22nd December – was noted with approval in this household. But we could all be forgiven for thinking that someone forgot to turn the page in the diary after that. The incessant rain lasting till after New Year was a most dispiriting state of affairs. Thank goodness the cold weather arrived and we really can believe that the shortest day is behind us now. The lighter mornings and lengthening evenings are the early hints that spring is on its way.

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Night manoeuvres

Saturday, January 11th, 2003

WE ALWAYS try – the dogs and I, that is – to have the main walk of the day in the afternoon daylight. At this time of year it isn't always possible, so evening walks are usually taken in the lanes around the house.

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First footing

Saturday, January 4th, 2003

“Dad, look!” – daughter Cait pointed out of the window. “There's a red squirrel on the roof of the garden shed”. It's exciting to think that such a cautious animal would come so close to the house. Several more feet and it could have hopped into the kitchen. Was this a new resident of the garden or just a flying visit?

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