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 2008

“….. breath of Autumn’s being

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

CONKERS, GEESE, waking up to frost on the car in the mornings – all autumn's awaited calling cards.

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Product placement

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

TRADITIONS TELL us something about the standards of former times. Earlier this week I spent an instructive morning learning about the traditions of marmalade making, and the uncompromising quality standards still employed which would gladden the heart of old Mrs Keillor who started the whole Dundee marmalade tradition 200 years ago.

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Afterthoughts

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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Cheap cheep

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

ENCOURAGING WILDLIFE to the garden can be expensive. One way to do it is by planting the right flowers to attract bees and butterflies, and the right berry-bearing bushes and trees such as cotoneasters, rowans, cherries, hollies and hawthorns for the bigger songbirds like the blackbirds. A cheaper way is to leave wild areas in corners of the garden where seeding thistles and other weeds can flourish and support tits and finches.

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Jelly pieces

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

COUNTRY MICE sometimes go to town, which is what the Doyenne and I did recently. We usually try to take a short break during the Edinburgh Festival to sup up a bit of culture.

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A fickle nature

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

THE PAST four or five months seem to have scooted by. Being very busy anyway has probably contributed to things, but it seems no time since the dogs and I were walking under bare trees waiting for that magic moment when the branches took on the whisper of green which heralded spring's early leaves.

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Post code happiness

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

A RURAL sub-postmaster's life isn't just postal orders and licking stamps. Three years ago David Greasley brought his family of wife Sharon and son Tom to take over the post office in Edzell. They left behind them a life in Leicestershire where both David and Sharon had been in business selling animal feeds to farmers and horse breeders.

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