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 April, 2012

Fasque: Rebirth of a Victorian House – The Scottish Banner

Monday, April 30th, 2012

FASQUE (pronounced FASK, with a long vowel) was, in its heyday, the typical Victorian Scottish country house with sporting estate. In that respect it wasn’t exceptional – many moneyed Victorians demonstrated their success with similar displays of wealth.

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Keep your eyes open

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

HOW CAN you think up new things to say? It’s a question that I was asked again by a friend who had just discovered the Man with Two Dogs website. The answer is always the same – I don’t have to think up new things to say, Nature does it for me.

Written for Weekly |

Springing to life

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

THERE ARE times when a dog in the countryside, especially one as rumbustious as Inka, can be a drawback. At this time of year the focus is on nesting and breeding and it’s often possible, if you go quietly, to get closer than usual to a lot of wildlife. Going quietly isn’t really an option with Inka, but there’s still plenty to be seen.

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A box of memories

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

IT’S FUNNY what trips the mind and releases a flood of memories. Last Saturday it was an ordinary egg box. Well, maybe not all that ordinary, for it was a ducal egg box. I don’t know if it had the ducal coat of arms painted on the lid because the lid was open and I couldn’t see the top side, but it was in a ducal residence.

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Keeping it in the family (or Spoilt for Choice)

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I TOOK it badly when winter interrupted the summer we were enjoying. There was plenty warning about the snow so it was no surprise when it came last Tuesday, but the steep fall in temperature was still a bit of a shock to the system.

Written for Weekly |