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.

Welcome to "Man with two dogs" - the family website for dog owners and dog walkers.

This is my countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier newspaper.

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Archive for May, 2010

… and the skies are not cloudy all day. (Home on the range)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

PEOPLE ASK how easy it is for me to write a weekly piece for this column   I tell them that I draw inspiration from about as diverse a canvas as it is possible to have   I have the land and the hills and the mountains, rivers and streams and lochs; the sea in all its moods and what is on it and under it   The skies in the daytime, and at night too when I take the dogs out last thing and we're in another world.

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Sting in the tail!

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

BEATRIX POTTER is the sort of person who you'd expect to write about nettle soup   Something that Peter Rabbit's mother might have made for him after another heart-stopping adventure in Mr MacGregor's garden and narrowly escaping from ending up in one of Mrs MacGregor's rabbit pies.

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Walking on broken egg shells

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

EGG COLLECTING used to be regarded as a respectable contribution to ornithology   The Victorians, who rarely did things by halves, amassed some huge collections which are probably now all held by museums, although I believe it is now not policy to openly display them.

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Survival of the fittest

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

GUERRILLA WARFARE has broken out between the red squirrels and the jackdaws.

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Trapped in history

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

OUR NEIGHBOUR'S lawn has been a happy hunting ground for the local moles which have zoomed all over, or rather all under, the manicured grass throwing up mini mountains of spoil from their excavations   Clearing away their unsightly eruptions seemed to cause the little critters offence, and they responded by redoubling their efforts to be aggravating.

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