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 March, 2006

Eels and Old Nick

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

EELS HAVE a special place in the dark recesses of the Scottish psyche. Why and when we developed a revulsion to eating them is very much a mystery.

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Oor Wullie celebrates British Summer Time

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

BRITISH SUMMER time starts on the last Sunday of March. Right now, with a real snell east wind, or the westerly coming off the snow-covered hills, the very idea of summer seems like a remote dream.

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Birth of A Tartan

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

THE  CATALYST  for the design of the Whitson tartan was a telephone call from Hollywood, USA which I received one perishing cold November evening in 1983.

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Raptor rapture and green sandpiper

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

A FEATHERED bullet shot past the window. Even in that split second I was certain it was a sparrowhawk, and it was a first visit in over four years.

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Murton Nature Reserve

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

IT'S EXCITING to return to a spot where so much change has taken place. The Murton Nature Reserve lies east of Forfar, just off the Forfar-Friockheim road. Created from eighty acres of worked-out sand and gravel quarries, they were a blank canvas on which to establish this fascinating project.  

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