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 May, 2009

A colourful life

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

COLOUR DEFINES the month of May for me. Yellow fields of ripening oil seed rape, great blocks of yellow, seen in the distance as I drive through the countryside, are cheerful splashes of colour. My mother, however, regarded them as intrusive blots on her landscape, and perhaps she had a point as this is colour on an industrial scale.

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Out of the strong came forth sweetness

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

MODERN TECHNOLOGY is a wonderful thing and helps ease any number of daily chores. So long as the dishwasher, mainstay of my domestic life, is churning away cleaning the dirty supper dishes I can kid myself (never the Doyenne, of course!) that I'm a domestic god. When it breaks down I throw a wee tantrum and can't wait for the engineer to call and make it work again.

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Unseen and seen

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

THE DOWNSIDE of walking with two dogs is that they bound ahead – at least, Inka does. At eight months old his boundless energy means he sometimes puts up or disturbs wildlife that I could otherwise walk up on quietly and watch. But it works both ways.

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Puppy love

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

EVERY PUPPY is different when it comes to training. The command which Inka has had greatest difficulty in understanding and learning has been “Sit”. He seemed to think that he was being punished and every time I gave the order he almost crawled on his belly in apparent contrition.

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Bee’s future

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

A PUPPY kept in an outside kennel and run is rarely a problem in the house, mostly because he's never allowed into the house. So when Inka came to us aged seven months, and having grown up indoors, we were a little apprehensive that the upheaval of coming to a new home might result in some destruction.

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