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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Archive for November, 2009

Electric connection

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

THE DANGERS of electricity power lines were sharply brought home to me recently. I watched a pheasant fly out of the edge of a wood, rising steeply as it went. For no apparent reason it fell to the ground. It took a moment or two for me to click that it had flown into an overhead power line – it was dead in the air.

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Ancestral ties

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

GUTHRIE VILLAGE sits discreetly between the A934 Montrose-Forfar and A932 Friockheim-Forfar roads. Several weeks ago, visiting the village to give a talk to the ladies of the church Friendly Circle, I turned left shortly after Pickerton Farm (on the A934) onto the minor road which rises up to the appropriately named Hilton Farm, and then descends into the village.

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… best country ever is at home. (Oliver Goldsmith)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

WELLIE BOOTS, waterproof overtrousers, my ankle boots and the stout brown brogues – over the past week or ten days they've all been pulled out from the cupboard beneath the stairs for walking in conditions ranging from just damp to raining stair rods. The ground is so saturated at present, with water lying just below the surface, that it takes very little more rain for the puddles to appear all over again.

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009

OLD BOOKS can get like a fever. Earlier in the week I went to a charity book fair. I had an idea of the sort of houses the books came from and hoped I might find something by wildlife photographer and writer Seton Gordon who, in his day, was Scotland's foremost naturalist. Or pick up someone's discards of one of my favourite writers, Violet Jacob, or sometime Ferryden resident Peter Anson, who wrote so fondly and descriptively about the east of Scotland fisher folk.

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