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 March, 2008

…. the birds of the air have nests (St Matthew)

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

IT'S EARLY yet for most birds to be building their nests but a pair of wood pigeons has been busy in the holly tree at the back door. I heard their mating calls – crroo coo cu – when I took the dogs out for their morning run. They don't seem to be getting used to their human neighbours. Whichever one isn't sitting on the nest, incubating the eggs, erupts from the tree every time we go out.

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Ghost story, fishy story

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

LAST TUESDAY dawned bright and sunny and it seemed just the morning to drive up the coast to Inverbervie.

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A funny old world

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

YOU SEE some funny things in the country. Not funny ha-ha, or even funny peculiar, just funny unexpected.

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Ceilidh nights & waterdrops

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

SPRINGERS, OR early run spring salmon are in the Rivers North and South Esk, making their way to the headwaters of the river systems to spawn. As I walked with the dogs down the North Esk from the Rocks of Solitude towards the Gannochy Bridge I hoped I might see at least one, leaping out of the water in its exuberance at being back in its mother stream.

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……hounds of spring……on winter’s traces – Swinburne

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

THE SOUNDS of spring are getting persistent. The past month has been predominantly sunny and almost rain free which has perhaps encouraged the birds, in particular, that it's time to think of the generation game.

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