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 March, 2003

Spring has sprung

Saturday, March 29th, 2003

NEWBORN LAMBS in the field means spring is definitely with us. Grandson James, Macbeth and I went to see them. Just four so far – twins and two singles. Despite a week of warm sunny days, there have been some hard frosty nights. I suppose a fat old ewe to cosy up to at night is a lamb's idea of bliss, and shelters it from harsh temperatures.

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Hormone horror

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003

DEAD PHEASANTS lying by the roadsides have been knocked down by cars. It's mostly cock pheasants, which are probably beginning to fizz with excess hormones, as their breeding season gets closer. It must be difficult to be so gorgeous and not let it turn your head – with savage results in these cases.

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Travelling hopefully

Saturday, March 15th, 2003

DARKEST PERTHSHIRE was my destination and I drove on familiar roads to get there. The day was bright and sunny, with clear views to far hills.

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Deer hunter

Saturday, March 8th, 2003

THREE ROEDEER cross our path from time to time when the dogs take me out for walks. Sometimes they are disturbed if Macbeth gets wind of them and crashes off through the wood to see if he can bite a leg. Old Sheba's days of crashing anywhere are pretty well past now. Although every walk starts with a crescendo of geriatric caperings she soon gets it out of her system and settles down to a more seemly pace.

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A time to nest

Saturday, March 1st, 2003

MARCH FIRST is always St. David's Day, an important day for Wales. But the first Sunday in March is always Crow Sunday, an important day for crows in Scotland. The day, traditionally, when crows (and rooks too, I imagine) start to build their nests.

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