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 July, 2006

A life on the ocean wave

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

A LIFE on the ocean wave has all the appeal of a tropical island when the sea is flat calm and it's so hot you don't need to wear even a jumper. That's what Montrose Bay was like when I went out with Captain John West, Senior Pilot at Montrose Port Authority. I joined him as he piloted a ship into port, and I looked forward to seeing Montrose from a different perspective.

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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

DUNDEE PIGEONS are cheeky birds, I've decided. I was sitting at a city centre terrace cafe, drinking my coffee and reading a popular daily broadsheet, when a city pigeon alighted on the balustrade. It had its eye on the leftover bit of a chocolate brownie which lay on a plate, three tables away.

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The Doric

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

IT'S STRANGE what sometimes triggers off these Saturday pieces   This week it was the phrase,  €œthe sma' licht €, which appears in a Violet Jacob short story called  The Yellow Dog', written very much in the Angus vernacular   Despite being born into one of the great  county' families of her time, she had a familiarity with the daily, domestic language of country folk.

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Thunder and lightning

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

BOTH DOGS slept blissfully through the cracks of thunder and flashes of lightning that awoke me at a thoroughly indecent hour.

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Silver salmon – King of Fish

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

 FISH SCALES in the blood', well describes Bob Ritchie, son and grandson of salmon netsmen, and himself still carrying on this traditional occupation.

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