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 August, 2009

Journeying back

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

FAVOURITE WALKS sometimes fall out of favour for no other reason than that family circumstances change. It's been years since we walked as a family round Den of Ogil Reservoir, then our young scattered and went off to make lives for themselves. I've just renewed my acquaintance with an unfrequented and attractive corner of Angus.

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View from the mouse hole

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

THE RURAL-URBAN divide is one of those weighty concepts normally debated in social, cultural and economic terms by brainy people in the security of their hygienic urban offices. However, this week I have been grappling with some environmental aspects of the city of Edinburgh which unite the urban and rural communities.

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Loves bleeding heart

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

ONE GIRL and two boys under the same roof can be an explosive mixture as the Doyenne and I have discovered. We have been dog-sitting Rosie, our daughter Cait's Jack Russell. She's rather petite with a curly tail, wild, untamed hair and a teasing glint in her eye (Rosie that is, in case there should be doubt!).

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Minor excitements

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

MAHATMA GANDHI wrote, “When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.”

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Learning to live in nature

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

RETURNING TO somewhere I've visited and written about before is always exciting. This week I went back to the Murton Nature Reserve which lies east of Forfar on the Forfar-Friockheim road and which I first wrote about in March 2006.

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