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 August, 2004

High summer

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

BRIGHT SKIES and shining sun were too good to miss, so Macbeth and I took ourselves off to one of the favourite walks up Glen Esk.

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Border Tales

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

TWO DAYS of warm sunshine greeted us when we – The Doyenne and Macbeth, and me thrown in for good measure – visited La D's sister and her husband in their new home in Westmoreland. I noticed the emphasis is very much on the middle syllable – MORE.

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Purple blooming heather

Saturday, August 14th, 2004

THE PURPLE heather is at its blooming best at this time of year, but there’s been little chance to see it over recent days. As I’m writing this week’s piece the rain is hissing down in stair rods, and there’s only one word for it – dreich.

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Saturday, August 7th, 2004

SOMETHING BLUE has been catching my eye every time I turn into the drive of the house. I thought it might have been a field of lupins but I'm learning not to make hasty assumptions, so I  phoned to check with Alan Stewart at Stracathro and Careston Farms.

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