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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Archive for February, 2012

Dr. Jamieson’s Dictionary, A Word to the Good – The Scottish Banner

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

P1020627In 1965 I was a legal apprentice in Edinburgh and engaged to be married. My fiancée and I spent much of our spare time combing through back street second-hand and junk shops for small items to furnish our first home. These sorts of shops were more plentiful then, and looking back it seems like it was the end of a somewhat dusty golden era when the most unexpected treasures could still be unearthed and bought for pence. I still regret not buying the tiger skin I found in a dingy shop in Tarvit Street.

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Cold comfort

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

“POOR AS a church mouse” is one of these hard luck stories that you hope never happens to you.

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Making connections

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

FOR CHRISTMAS I dropped a thinly veiled hint asking for Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks and was delighted to receive the book. The history of south polar exploration interests me more and more and this book, written by Wilson’s two great-nephews, is an illuminating insight into the outward personality and inner strength of a remarkable man.

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Taking the high road

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

BACKSEAT PASSENGER isn’t my usual place in the car, but that was where I found myself on a trip to Inverness. It meant, of course, that I could watch the wildlife and scenery which I normally get only fleeting glances at or miss altogether.

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Emotion recollected in tranquillity

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

IT’S SO frustrating! About ten days ago I was electrified to see a small flock of long tailed tits mobbing the bird feeder outside the kitchen window. There were seven or eight, or there might even have been nine of these delightful, tiny feathered lollipops. Flickering in amongst the coal tits and great tits, fighting to get a share of the food, there was so much movement I couldn’t count just how many there were. They were the first long tailed tits I’d seen in the garden although they are birds of the woodland fringe and we are surrounded by beech trees.

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