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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 April, 2007

Little things

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

 YESTERDAY IS history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why they call it the present.' I've no idea who said it, but what a super thought. The Doyenne and I frequently count our blessings – grandchildren and good health are a start – and we welcome each new morning and the gifts that each day brings.

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‘Blossom by blossom the spring appears’ – Swinburne

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

THE SENSE of permanence that comes from walking amongst established, mature trees is a very potent one for me. Knowing that trees have been growing since my great grandfather's time, and often long before, means that what grows on the forest floor is established too.

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Young Pretender’s Angus men

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

BALNAMOON – THE Rebel Laird, was a suitable introduction to my trip up Glen Clova last Sunday to watch the re-enactment of the laying up, in 1746, of Ogilvy's, or the Forfarshire Regiment's standard in Clova Kirk at the head of the glen. The regiment was raised and commanded by Lord David Ogilvy, a direct ancestor of the present Lord Airlie.

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Urban wildlife

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

GRANDPARENTAL DUTIES can never be taken lightly. It's important to remember that little minds and little hands need plenty to keep them occupied. It's grand to find a new place or a new adventure that catches the grandchildren's imagination, but there's something heartening about revisiting a familiar spot or a regular ploy.

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