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, 2009

Grey bandits

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

THE BEDROOM window is sometimes the best vantage point to watch the domestic wildlife as we get dressed in the morning. Right now a whitebeam tree, which would have been planted originally for ornamental purposes, is mobbed with blackbirds and thrushes feeding on its juicy red berries. It provides colour and pleasure in the springtime too when the pink blossom flowers.

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Getting to the bottom of things …

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

WOOD HEDGEHOGS aren't wood and aren't hedgehogs either, as I found out several days ago. The Wood Hedgehog or Urchin of the Woods is one of our woodland mushrooms and although they are quite common I've never knowingly seen one before. They are identified by the spines instead of gills on the underside of the pale cap.

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Great road north

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

 DAYS OUT here and there' are something the Doyenne and I look forward to.

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Charlie is my darling ….

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE has been on my mind lately   In this Year of Homecoming I've heard no mention of him – one of Scotland's symbolic historical figures   I suppose the principal objective always was to celebrate the birth of Rabbie Burns, and Scotland's success in the quarter millennium since   Success was something that evaded  €œthe Prince in the Heather €.

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