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 December, 2009

Back door drama

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

THERE WAS correspondence in Craigie Column several months back about the scarcity of wildlife in readers' gardens   We noticed it here but assumed that there was so much natural feeding in the hedges and woods that the birds and red squirrels didn't need the bought food we put out – and they would return when they were ready to do so   I'm beginning now to wonder if this is really the case

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In from the cold

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING can be a bit of a trauchle but, by way of diversion, if you look about you it's surprising how much wildlife there is to see that has become accustomed to human company and cheerfully adopted urban living

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… in his master’s steps he trod

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

CATS PAWS riffled the shallow water covering the sands of the Annat Bank. The ebbing tide had almost completed its twice daily cycle of emptying the Montrose Basin and I was standing on the damp sand at the outfall of the River South Esk where it meets the North Sea, looking across to Scurdie Ness Lighthouse.

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Sliding up the bannister of life

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

THE IMMORTAL memory of Scotland's national bard burned bright in Perth last Saturday. For seven years now Perth Burns Club has held a St Andrew's Day celebration at which four of Scotland's “leading academics, writers and personalities” give presentations on topics of Scottish life and culture. To my genuine surprise I was invited to give one of the lectures this year.

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