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 June, 2004

Railway travel

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

TRAIN TRAVEL has always been the greatest fun, so when I had to go to Glasgow on business I didn't think twice about taking the train.

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Pigs may fly, Macbeth can’t

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

HAVING BATS in the belfry is an accepted hazard of life, but we were unprepared for swallows in the wardrobe. The Doyenne came down from the spare bedroom to ask me to deal with one swallow which was flitting round her head and would not fly out of the window.

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Sundry thoughts

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

WE'VE WONDERED, the Doyenne and I, why blue tits haven't nested this year in the nesting box above the bird table. Spiders have spun their webs across the opening into the box and it is evident the tits haven't even looked inside to investigate the accommodation. I think the explanation has come from Bill Oddie's TV wildlife series,  Britain Goes Wild'.

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The hunted and the hunter

Saturday, June 5th, 2004

SPRING TURNING to summer shows up in many ways. The hawthorn trees are in full bloom and their blossom this year seems as abundant and profuse as I can ever remember. Driving round the country roads I've seen cascades of the creamy ivory flowers smothering the branches and weighing them down.

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