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 July, 2008


Saturday, July 26th, 2008

SPUR OF the moment decisions are often the best ones. Last Sunday seemed to herald in summer properly, at last, so the Doyenne and I bundled the dogs into the car and set off to find new places to walk.

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Hunting & gathering

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

LAST SUNDAY morning I gave the Doyenne a wee treat. The wild strawberries which grow in the two troughs at the front of the house had been getting riper and riper and my fulsome assurances that I would pick them “this evening” were met with patient forbearance.

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Black & blue

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

OUR SQUIRRELS are back after goodness knows how many months' absence. We'd seen a very occasional one coming to the peanut feeders but it was the Doyenne, at the start of the week, going downstairs to make an early cup of tea, who saw one on each of the two feeders outside the kitchen window.

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More than babbling streams

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

“BELLOWING LIKE the bulls of Baal” is an expression to describe extreme, intemperate noise – a “beastly” noise, you might say. Baal was one of the ancient Egyptians' most important gods, rider of the clouds and god of fertility, who presided over not just the earth but the animals too. The bull was Baal's cult animal and symbol of the god's power.

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