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 July, 2005

Inka, whisky and pedigrees

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

ALL LUGS and legs. That's Inka, the new member of the household. Born on 5th May, he's a Labrador puppy who is showing lots of spirit already. In much the same way we judge youngsters by comparing them to their parents, so Inka is very much a chip off the old block.

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Perthshire break in Black Watch country

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

GENERAL WADE facetiously nicknamed his red coated road-making soldiers, his  highwaymen'. His road building programme undertaken after the 1715 Rebellion or Uprising (depending which side of the historical fence you sit) led by the Old Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie's father, speeded up the eventual English domination of the Highlands.

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Wild strawberries and elderflower cordial

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

SO MUCH activity is going on in the garden that I scarcely know where to start.

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Tufted duck in Aberdeenshire

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

THE POET John Dryden wrote of  youth, beauty, graceful action'. He might have had in mind the roe deer calf that was standing in the middle of the road as I came bowling round the corner

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Evoking Monet

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

AMONGST MY fund of  utterly useless information' I have a note that the first patent for barbed wire was taken out in Ohio on 25th June 1867. This set me thinking about how necessary barbed wire really is. Its modern development is called razor wire – for good reason, because it is absolutely lethal stuff. I've certainly never seen it used in an agricultural situation.

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