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 February, 2010

Give him an inch and he’ll tak an ell

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

A FISHER of fish was casting his flee on the waters of the River Tay at Dunkeld, just opposite a building dedicated to a Fisher of Men   In all the times we've visited the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland we've never taken the opportunity to look round Dunkeld Cathedral   But that was remedied last Saturday.

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Collective communities

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

THE DOYENNE, it was, who noticed them, pointing out a flock of birds feeding in a field down near the mouth of the River North Esk –  €œAre they geese? €   I reversed back to get a better look and saw that it was a herd or head (yes, those are the accepted collective nouns) of curlews   We counted thirteen   It's been a long time since I saw so many all together. (more…)

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Snip in haste, repent at leisure

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

LADIES DAY, for me, was Thursday. It was time for a haircut and after decades of entrusting the now greying locks to him, I instinctively made my way to Dennis Burke's hairdresser's shop in Murray Street, in Montrose. I got my usual cheerful greeting from the barber shop trio of Susan, Fiona and Lynn. (more…)

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Fine words butter no parsnips – Sir Walter Scott

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

WORDS ARE my seed corn and recently I was asked to explain the word  bonspiel' which I used in reference to curling's Grand Match. As ever I turned to Dr Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, my refuge whenever I'm challenged on Scottish vocabulary.

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