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 July, 2004

Sea journey and rogue barley

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

IT'S INTERESTING to see the countryside in a way you don't do normally, so I jumped at the chance to take a boat trip down the coast from Fishtown of Usan south to Buckieden. This is where the cliffs and rocky coast end and the sands of Lunan Bay begin.

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Tree house

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

I HEARD the yellowhammer long before I saw it. Macbeth and I were out for the morning walk, and I could hear its insistent wee song. My mother used to tell me to listen carefully and I'd hear that the bird was actually singing –  a little bit of bread and no cheese'. When it's a bright, sunny morning and not a cloud in the sky, and you're feeling well with the world, it's easy to recall the childhood things your mother told you.

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Food for free

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

 DOGS DIE in hot cars' was the banner headline on the back cover of last week's  The Big Issue'. I was much impressed that the magazine should be giving dog owners such a timely warning in the summertime. But, never assume! – it's actually the name of a band.  Pretty close to perfection', commented the magazine.

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Celtic culture and salmon fishers

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

 LIVING HISTORY' regularly drew howls of despair from our children as we marched them into old churches, castles and other ancient piles. Promises of how much fun it was going to be fell on deaf ears!

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Man’s best friend

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

SUMMER HAS some catching up to do, it seems to me. The summer solstice has passed which means the longest day and shortest night are gone for another year. And Midsummer's Day has been celebrated so we should be enjoying warm sunny weather such as we had this time last year, instead of the cold and rain we've had over recent days.

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