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 September, 2008


Saturday, September 27th, 2008

MY GARDENING skills are mostly confined to cutting the grass and thereafter admiring the labour and skills of my betters. Now is the time of year when I look forward to putting away the lawn mower, and putting my feet up until springtime. Sadly it never works out that way. The autumn equinox passed on the 22nd of this month, marking the start of autumn proper when the trees begin to shed their leaves. And it's back to the tedious task of sweeping them up.

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“One is nearer God’s heart in a garden …”

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

CAPABILITY BROWN was the eighteenth century's greatest English landscape architect. The gardens at Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, were first laid out by locally born Brown in 1750, and remained one of the grandest extravaganzas of that county until the start of the twentieth century.

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Age shall not wither them

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

AGRICULTURAL ROUPS (auctions) being held outdoors, in all weathers, attract a hardier breed of participant than the usual emporiums of unfulfilled temptation and impulse buying.

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Out of town

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

FARM SHOPS are hardly a new phenomenon and in our experience have ranged from a tray of vegetables at the roadside, with an honesty box, to some pretty fantoosh establishments.

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