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 2010

Courier Interruptus

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

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It’s not only chickens that cross the road

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

EDZELL HIGH Street isn't the obvious place I'd direct nature lovers to see a cock pheasant, but driving through the village earlier in the week there he was in the middle of the road, like the proverbial chicken, dodging the traffic to get to the other side.

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White on white

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

TOO MUCH snow for too long becomes a bit of a bore. Too much time is spent trying to anticipate what problems the freezing conditions might produce.

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Mark my footsteps, good my dog

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

POOR MACBETH, the snowy weather fair tests his patience.

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Drinking life to the lees

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

BOUNDING UP the bank of the River North Esk at Inveriscandye Farm, Inka was transfixed by one of those insistent scents that no red-blooded dog can ignore   I was curious to see what it was and encouraged him on   His nose went into the cover and with a tremendous thrashing of wings a large bird erupted from the rickle of branches and dead grass and flew off low over the water.

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Medicinal compounds

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

THE FOWLS of the air  €œsow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns €   What's the point – we humans do it for them. read more

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Variety is the soul of pleasure

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

BURNISHED LEAVES cascaded from the autumn trees   Like scarlet poppy petals fluttering onto the young service men and women during the two minutes silence closing the annual Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, was the Doyenne's description   It was an apt comment for the week in which the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year falls, when we honour the memory and courage of all who have died or been injured in conflict.

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Proverbial Scotch

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

I CONFESS, I'm not fond of spiders. I'm not too worried about the wee ones that abseil down on a silken thread and give the game away that the Doyenne has slipped up on her high dusting. You can tread on those but of course the old Scottish tradition has it that if you kill a spider it will rain the next day.

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Mixed messages

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

WHAT A difference a day makes   The dogs and I had taken the river path through the Blue Door at the Gannochy Bridge and along the side of the River North Esk   Two photographers with cameras on tripods, obviously preparing to take a carefully planned photograph, caught the dogs' attention   We had to go and investigate.

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Images of France

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

DOGS ENJOY a holiday just as much as us humans   New territory and fresh scents to sniff are a stimulation, and the adage  €œa change is as good as a holiday € holds good for them too.

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