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.

Welcome to "Man with two dogs" - the family website for dog owners and dog walkers.

This is my countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier newspaper.

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Archive for 2004

Fishing village architecture

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

I LEARNT a couple of things I didn't know when I stopped to talk to Malcolm McCormack who was cutting the beech hedges on the road from Templewood to the top of Stracathro Hill.

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Unique setting

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

THE DOYENNE is up to her oxters with the usual Christmas preparations. It's mince pies right now and orders are coming in thick and fast from all the family. Her sweet pastry is unbeatable and very  moreish', as I am ample testimony to, and her recipe for mincemeat is a secret that she threatens to take with her to the grave.

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Miniature train

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

MACBETH DISAPPEARED at speed, in pursuit of I know not what – but it was hot, and it was beckoning! He was off up the track of the old Brechin to Edzell railway line, and was deaf to my whistles and threats.

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Dog training

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

I APPRECIATE it when car drivers slow down as they pass Macbeth and me out walking. I hope I am as considerate a driver when I meet other dog walkers.

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Glen roadman

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

BREATHING LIFE back into a job, which disappeared some twenty-odd years ago, has helped ensure that Glen Esk remains one of the busiest and best populated Scottish glens. At least six families, still in the glen, have lived and worked in it for two or more generations, representing a strand of continuity unlikely to be found in many other glens.

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Life and death

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

LAST SUNDAY the weather took a turn for the better and I spent much of the day in the garden. The dawn set the standard for the day and by the time Macbeth and I went out for his morning walk the clouds were high in the sky and the sun was shining.

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Ploughing matches

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

MY TRAVELS sometimes take me far from home and I usually find something interesting to write about. This week I had travelled scarcely two miles and I saw a tractor in a field ploughing the stubble. There's nothing odd about that, but it was an old 1963 Fordson Super Major tractor pulling an even older two-furrow plough.

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Scottish mountains and mussels for lunch

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

DOOM-LADEN predictions of dreadful weather, from the weather girls to the Editor of a prominent Dundee publication, greeted the announcement that we – the Doyenne and I, and Macbeth too – were going to the west coast for a week's holiday.

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Terrier dogs and wild berry preserves

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

A MOLEHILL appeared on the lawn, so before I cut the grass I shovelled away the mound of earth   Imagine my pique as I finished the cut to see that the selfsame mole had thrown up another mound at the selfsame spot   I had to remark to Macbeth that he wasn't keeping a weather eye on what was happening round about him.

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Changing landscape

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

I POPPED into the barbers for my usual session with Dennis Burke who has cut the greying locks for more years than either of us care to admit.

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