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 April, 2004

Home winemaker

Saturday, April 24th, 2004

MACBETH AND I took a walk up the Westwater together. It was a great favourite of my Father's, especially at the Meeting of the Waters which is where the Westwater flows into the North Esk.

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Macbeth lives on

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

EASTER SUNDAY was a family day for the Doyenne and me. We drove to join son Robert and his family who were holidaying again at Portknockie, for Easter lunch. We had a colourful, interesting journey driving over high passes, through wide glens and along sparkling riversides.

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The birds

Saturday, April 10th, 2004

THREE MALLARD drakes and a duck were unconcernedly stepping out along the road in that distinctive rolling sailor's gait that they have, as the dogs and I stepped out of the wood. I wondered why they chose to walk just there as the pond is a hundred and fifty yards in one direction, and the stream much the same distance away, in another.

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Historical walks

Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

THE DOYENNE can be pretty eagle-eyed at times, usually when it's least convenient for me! She was in the middle of a meaningful telephone conversation with a friend recently when she broke off to say – “a wren has just flown out of the old swallows nest”.

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