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 2005

The Siren

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

THE SIREN sea sang her song and, like the bidden fiddler, I went – but I didnae get my gill of whisky!  

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Wee Dappin

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

THE WIDEOPEN (it's local adaptation used to be the  Wee Dappin') is the old road that cuts off from the A937 just north of Marykirk and crosses over the hill to Kirkside, just south of St Cyrus   It's well named, because it's rather bleak and wide open to the weather    

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JM Barrie writes Peter Pan

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

“KLOCK, KLOCK”, a cock pheasant was brazenly standing on the old wall outside the kitchen window, calling on the world at large to acknowledge that he was king of the castle. It's taken up post there for several days and is obviously staking a territorial claim to that part of the garden.

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Boy Scout badge

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

ALTHOUGH IT'S been open to traffic for several weeks, I've only just driven for the first time over the new bridge connecting Montrose to Rossie Island. I grew up with the old one, and for such a long time it was a timeless feature of my life. I don't miss it. Its useful, working life was over – nothing gained in always looking back.

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Morris Dancing and quails

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

MORRIS DANCERS, with their straw hats and colourful ribbons and bells, dancing their hearts out in the middle of Montrose High Street, would always seem a bit out of context. But seeing them there at the end of October, waving their hankies and whacking away at each other with their sticks, stopped me in my tracks.

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Holiday Cottages

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

HOLIDAY COTTAGES and family pets don't always go together; but the Doyenne and I have come back from a week's holiday at Loch Melfort where dogs are welcome.

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Montrose History

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

I SPENT a fascinating morning with Councillor Bob Spink, retired Arbroath fish merchant and encyclopaedic authority on Arbroath, in particular the fishing community.

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Dundee dictionary

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

LANGUAGE EVOLVES and words fall out of fashion; some even disappear altogether to make way for new ones. Expressions like a  box of spunks' for a box of matches,  fleg' for fright and  queine' to describe a young girl, have certainly dropped from common usage since I was a youngster.

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Farmhouse cookery school

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

PERSONAL INVITATIONS from grandchildren can't be ignored so the Doyenne and I, and dogs too, hotfooted it down to grandson Fergus's fourth birthday celebration last Saturday. You forget how few children are needed to cause mayhem, and I hoped they would run out of steam before I did. A pious hope as it turned out!

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Wild geese & Georgian mansions

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

THE GEESE are back – it's more than a fortnight since I saw the first of them down in the Lothians. But one skein passing over the house earlier this week particularly caught my attention.

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