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, 2012

A Kissin’ Year?

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

THREE PAINTED Ladies on the Kirrie Dumplings – were they three colourful girls on a feeding frenzy? It’s the sort of remark my father would have made for he was born and spent his early years in Kirriemuir.

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The Man for All Seasons: What if Robert Burns’ father William had stayed in the Howe of the Mearns instead of going to Alloway in Ayr? – The Scottish Banner

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

GLENESK IS almost unique now as a living, working Scottish glen with an active, resident population supporting farming, sporting estates, local businesses, a thriving primary school (almost unheard of in a glen these days), three churches, Masonic Lodge, curling club, community centre and Folk Museum and more.

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Golden brown

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

IT’S ONLY mid-March, for goodness sake, but it’s been so warm you’d think it was mid-April. Mind you, it’s been nippy when I’ve taken the dogs out last thing at night, and when we go out again in the morning there’s frost on the grass and on the cars.

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Spring in the air

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

THE FINE weather is all the encouragement I need to jump in the car and take a drive round some of the roads I haven’t been on since autumn. The countryside is looking brown. Farmers are ploughing the last of last year’s stubble fields and preparing the land for the spring sowing – there’s a lot of activity.

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The Last Leerie

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

THE FIRST real adventure stories I read were Kidnapped and Treasure Island and Robert Louis Stevenson was one of my earliest literary heroes. He was a remarkable writer, not just for the output he crammed into his twenty-year writing career but for the range of genres he mastered – novels, plays, essays, musical composition and poetry.

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Country roads

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

OUR COUNTRYSIDE – by which I mean the countryside familiar to Courier readers – is criss-crossed by a web of minor roads taking you wherever you need to go. A favourite of mine is the Wide Open which crosses the ridge of hills separating Marykirk in the Howe of the Mearns from St Cyrus on the coastal plain.

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