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 2012

A kiss and a dram

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

ALAS! ALAS! How sad to think, / Another year has past. / Tho’ much we vowed, still we have been / No better than the last.

Written for Weekly |

Early butterfly

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

THE THREAT of a winter as severe as that in 2010 hasn’t materialised – by this time two years ago the snow had been lying for about a month. Not that it’s been a good winter, let alone a good year, for much of our more delicate wildlife.

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Crest of a wave

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

THE COUNTRYSIDE and wildlife lie at the heart of this column but regular readers will know that over the years I’ve adopted a broad interpretation of my brief. Pictures, poetry, books and songs have all contributed to my weekly outpourings.

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The chills of winter

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

I FEAR that Macbeth is starting to feel his age. If it’s true that each dog year is equivalent to seven human ones then he is about 77 years old, so he’s a lot older than me. It’s no good reason to be turning into a grumpy old man, which on recent behaviour is just what he is.

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The Lycra Lads

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

LYCRA MUST be the look for all ages. I was minding my own business in Fettercairn when I was swamped by a sea of septuagenarian Lycrans wearing Darth Vader helmets, taking a well-earned breather from their cycle ride.

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Stories of the sea

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

THE SEA sang her siren song on Wednesday and I answered the call.

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No hens, but…

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

A YOUNG Labrador was taken to live in deepest Aberdeenshire. Its instincts told it that it was a Labrador Retriever and it set out to earn its keep by retrieving as many of the local hens as it could get its teeth into. Unfortunately by the time he delivered them to his master’s feet the hens were either dead or moribund.

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Adaptable raptor

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

OPINIONS DIFFERED in the past whether buzzards are true birds of prey or carrion feeders – do they eat animals which they have hunted and killed, or eat dead and even decomposing flesh? The reality is that they do a bit of both.

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Giant house pet

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

THE CHOICE of household pets is a personal affair.

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He Could Eat His Mess – The Scottish Banner

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

P1030626“You’ll never be rich”, his father told him, “but you’ll always feed your family”.

Written for Claivers |