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 October, 2005

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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