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 June, 2008

Holidays in Scotland

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

THE SPIRITUAL homeland of West Highland terriers must surely be the west Highlands so we hoped that our holiday in Ardnamurchan would be as west Highlandy for Macbeth as it was possible to be.

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Science finds, industry applies, man conforms

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

A MOWBOT sounds as though it might be faintly vulgar, but in fact it is the brand name of a robot motor mower. I was bidden by a friend who received one for his birthday, no doubt in recognition of his advancing years and waning enthusiasm for cutting the grass, to go and see his new toy in action.

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Rainbow palette

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

“YELLOW IS the colour of my true love's hair” sang 1960s songwriter and folksinger, Donovan, and yellow has been one of the predominant spring colours over recent weeks. The blossom on the spikey, prickly gorse bushes has had an intensity and glow this year which has excelled. Yellow broom, too, has brightened up the roadsides and open patches in the woods as I've driven about the countryside.

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The living glen

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

EARLIER IN the week I bundled the dogs into the car and set off to do a spot of pathfinding (as we call it in this family) up Glen Esk. The question was, should we walk up the east side of the glen, or the west?

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