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 November, 2005

Out walking in May

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

OUT WALKING in May, I met a man who passed on to me a prediction that the temperature in Scotland on August twelfth would be hotter than the hottest day recorded in England last year. That was a temperature of 103 degrees at Heathrow Airport.

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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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