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 May, 2005

Ancestors and Orkney

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

RAKING OVER old bones in search of ancestors was one of the reasons the Doyenne and I have just spent a week's holiday in Orkney. My paternal grandmother was born in Kirkwall, and brought up, we think, on a farm several miles outside the town. Because of duplication of place names we need to do more research.

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John Buchan and unrelated subjects

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

MANY COASTAL birds, confined traditionally to the shores and cliff tops, are now found well inland; sometimes to nest, but always because there is a ready supply of food.

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The pig and the Pirate

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

AFTER A lifetime's experience of dogs I'm no longer surprised by the revolting things that they discover in hedge bottoms and proudly retrieve to share with me, or eat, or sometimes both. So when Macbeth appeared chewing steadily, I knew it was just some more of the same.

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Border country and recycling a bridge!

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

THE DOYENNE and I had a hectic long weekend down at Hexham, on grandparent duty. Oldest grandson James came with us to visit his cousins Cecily and Fergus, and sharing all the interesting sights and stories with him, especially around the Borders, added to the fun of the journey.

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