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 August, 2010

From where shall come forth sweetness

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

LONG SPIKES of sweet scented buddleia blossom are a major attraction for butterflies and bees – provided you have butterflies and bees in the first place, of course. (more…)

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Canine cultural leap

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

OVERNIGHT RAIN had raised the level of the River North Esk and freshened up the water   Late afternoon on Tuesday the dogs and I were walking downriver towards the Gannochy Bridge and the Blue Door   There's little to distinguish it from any other blue door, stuck as it is in the wall, just on the other side of the bridge at the start of the Burn Estate. (more…)

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Not too late for new life

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

OUR SQUIRRELS are able to think  out of the box'   I've set up three feeding stations outside the kitchen window and we have endless pleasure watching them hanging upside down and guzzling on the peanuts, or sitting on the top of the poles with their bushy tails curved over their backs like a rusty question mark. (more…)

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Flower of Scotland

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

HAREBELL OR bluebell – which one is the truly representative flower of Scotland?   The thistle of course is our national emblem, the embodiment of our nationhood – what it is to be Scottish   But there's another side to us, what it feels to be Scottish – the imaginative and sensitive side to our Scottishness. (more…)

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