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 June, 2007

Em-barking on a dogs’ party

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

THERE'S AN enthusiasm for their dogs' welfare that grips some dog owners, but which non-dog owners might regard as so misplaced as to border on lunacy. And it troubles me to admit that the Doyenne and I appear to be slipping into the “barking” category.

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An Irish blue moon

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

AN IRISHMAN told us where the expression  once in a blue moon' came from. It's when a second full moon occurs in a single calendar month. The moon isn't actually blue, of course, and why it should be so described the Irishman did not say.

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The nature of golf

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

“NATURE RED in tooth and claw  €¦” was scarcely how I would have characterised the Curlie, the one-time curling pond at the east boundary between the mid links of Montrose and the town's Medal golf course. I was with Denis Rice, a Montrosian who has returned to his home town and now lives scarcely a badly shanked golf shot away from the old pond.

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Squirreling Away

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

“IF YOU want a story, here's one you won't believe”. Well, there was a red rag to a bull and I just had to hear it. This is the fifth year of writing my column and I've learnt not to dismiss any stories about nature and wildlife, however unlikely they may seem at first.

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Early Peacock

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

PEAJOCKS, BUBBLYJOCKS, the fighting Jocks – the word  Jock' seems to have a broad application in the Scots' vernacular.

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