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 October, 2006

Low fungi & high trees

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

MUSHROOMS, TOADSTOOLS – or  puddockstools' as some folk used say. But a puddock is a frog (I've sometimes seen it spelt  paddock'), and you don't get  frogstools'. It must all get a bit confusing if you didn't grow up in  Courier' country.

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Another mixed bag

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

THE MYSTERIES of nature continue to confound me. Out with the dogs for their morning walk I found an olive green egg lying in the pathway. It couldn't have been there long because it's a busy path and it would soon have been trodden on by man or dog.

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Sons of the soil

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

FLAGS FLUTTERING and banners blowing in the wind – it looked like it might be a film set for a jousting tournament. But monstrous tractors swarming over the fields suggested other things.

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In a Scottish glen

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

THE DOGS and I made a swift executive decision and took ourselves up Glen Esk to blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a bit of space. Walks have to take account of Inka's long legs and Macbeth's sawn-off short ones. I spend my time with one eye on Inka to make sure he's not bounding out of sight, and turning back to urge Macbeth to get a shift on!

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