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 January, 2012

A Corner of a Scottish Field that is Forever Norway – The Scottish Banner

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

P1020587ON THE waterfront of the historic east of Scotland port of Montrose stands an eye-catching larger than life bronze statue of a St Bernard dog. The dog was called Bamse (pronounced “Bum-sa”) and his inspirational wartime story has been revived and perpetuated for future generations with the unveiling of his statue by Prince Andrew, HRH The Duke of York on 17th October 2006.

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Go west, young man

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

IT’S TANTALISING to contemplate – had it not been for a hasty decision by his father, Robert Burns might have grown up in Glenesk.

Written for Weekly |

Dog’s life

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

NEVER WORK with children and animals – don’t tell me about it!

Written for Weekly |

If you want to get ahead get a horn

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

IMPERIAL HEAD – a term possibly more readily associated with heads of state or empires, but last weekend the Doyenne and I saw at least one.

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Cough mixture

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

OLD SOLDIERS can sometimes only surrender to overwhelming force. The gales brought down a number of venerable beech trees round the house – and a rather rarer Scotch pine has measured its length too. Beeches have a normal lifespan of about 150-200 years and as the woods round here were planted around the end of the eighteenth century it’s no great surprise that there were casualties.

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