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, 2005

Spring fever

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS on the countryside and wildlife come my way. A reader e-mailed to say that the swallows had arrived at their house and she wondered how this would affect the pair of wrens that were squatters in one of last year's swallows' nests.

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Swankie’s doos and the hoopoe

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

SEVERAL WEEKS ago I mentioned  Swankie's doos' which is Arbroath vernacular for seagulls, and that the origin of the term seems to have been lost. So I was most interested to get a letter from Alastair Cownie with a possible explanation.

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Spring lambs

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

WEDNESDAY MORNING – the sun is starting to burn off the frost that has blanked out the car windscreen overnight.

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Water divining or dowsing

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

BIRDS NEST in the most unlikely, and sometimes apparently impractical, places.

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Glen Esk holiday

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

RED SQUIRREL, cock pheasant and one of our native grey partridge – quite an eclectic mixture to find at the bird table when I arrived home after Easter weekend up Glen Esk.

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