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 July, 2010

Paint the story in colour

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

SCOTTISH ARTISTS rank with any whose work you'll see hanging on the wall   In the past ten days I've seen two exhibitions whose impressions will linger in the memory for the pleasure they gave.

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New from old

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

CHRISTMAS IS coming; I've just seen the first advertisement and window display   Not in a newspaper or on television, but on the holly tree that the kitchen window looks out onto   It's covered in small pale green berries, but when the berries have ripened and once winter sets in there'll be a spectacular scarlet and green cascade of colour to welcome us each morning.

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Speech is silver

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

THE CORRESPONDENCE which appeared in Craigie Column following mention in my article several weeks back of St Skae's kirk and graveyard at Usan, has been interesting   If it's not tempting fate I'll mention another graveyard this week.

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The blood sports or countryside pursuits debate

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

IT'S BECOME a bit of an annual fixture for the Doyenne and me to take a day down at Scone for the Scottish Game Fair, if for no other reason than we usually meet at least one chum we haven't seen for ages   So it's a great place to catch up with the  €œgoss €.

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…. a’mouldering in the grave

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

THE GRAVEYARD of St Skae overlooks the Elephant Rock, a cliff-top walk well known to Montrosians of a certain age   A white-painted iron gate on the coastal road that runs past Dunninald Castle to Seaton of Usan Farm and the Fishtown of Usan marks the track down to the ruined chapel   I was a teenager the last time I visited the ancient site with my father, and it was time to visit again.

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