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 April, 2006

English country garden

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

WE SCOTS don't have a monopoly on thrift. The Doyenne and I are back from a holiday in Brighton in West Sussex where the traditional building style uses Sussex flint. Although some of it was mined (from mines going back to Roman times), most flints were gathered up from fields after ploughing – effectively a free by-product of agriculture.

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Spring parade

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

A ROE-DEER calf was skittering about in the stubble field on the other side of the stream. It was undecided what to do and I couldn't see the mother. Had they got separated? – it didn't seem likely.

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Fighting Dog

Monday, April 17th, 2006

DOG STORIES are likely to get a good reception from the man with two dogs   But when the story is based in Montrose, the home-town where I grew up, and is true and concerns a Second World War dog hero, I'm hooked.

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Country sports

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

COUNTRY SPORTS are alive and well, I can report. Some are little-known, and others go into hibernation until someone resurrects them and everyone has a jolly good laugh.

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006

A WELL-RIGGED figure pacing purposefully across a grass field proved too much for my curiosity. I turned the car around and drove back to see him sticking branches into the ground at regular intervals. I just had to go and find out what he was up to.

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Local history

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

RAPID RESPONSE to mention last week of Milldens Mill came from retired Dundee solicitor Alec Robb, whose great grandfather Charles Mackenzie was the miller there for some years until he left in 1848.

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