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 March, 2011

Wildlife heritage cascading down the generations

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

WEDNESDAY MORNING was just a blithesome time to be out and about with dogs   Trails of thin cirrus cloud were all that disturbed an otherwise clear blue sky and the sun was warm on my face.

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Relatively rural

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

EVENINGS OUT with the Doyenne are always a treat, so when I was asked to give a talk to Clunie WRI and the Doyenne was included in the invitation, we both readily accepted.

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Hounds of spring

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

THE DOYENNE was quizzed by a neighbour who had seen a black duck swimming on the lochan behind the house which she said had a flash of white feathers on its forehead   From her description I could only think it was a coot, which certainly has all black plumage and a featherless white frontal plate above its beak which I would describe as a white wattle   It's supposed to be the origin of the expression  bald as a coot'.

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Obsessed with weather

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

AS THE Doyenne said only the other day –  €œJust seeing the sun makes you feel good €   A little warmth, the early signs and sounds of the regular dawn chorus, renewed activity in the woods and hedges, spring flowers – even the pot of chives at the back door which have unexpectedly sprouted a demented wig of fresh greenery – all add to the sense of wellbeing   As ever, the Doyenne is right.

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Beyond the Kitchen Window 2

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

JOHN KEATS, the English Romantic poet whose short life ended in 1821 aged only 25, visited Scotland on a walking tour in 1818   Sadly, for Keats at least, his itinerary took him nowhere near The Burn, for he arrived in Dumfriesshire on first July on his way to visit Robert Burns' cottage and grave   He continued up the west coast to Inverness from where he took a boat back to London because of ill health, the first hint of the consumption from which he was to die within three years.

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Beyond the Kitchen Window 1

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Since September 2007 my wife Liz and I have lived at the Courtyard House at The Burn, near Edzell   To see a photograph of where this is click on –
and scroll down to the foot of the page entitled -The Burn.
To the left of the main house you will see the cupola of the old bell tower and below it, in the courtyard, the white porch of our house.

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