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 June, 2012

Magical view

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

OUR HOLIDAY cottage in Sutherland had a magical view across the Kyle of Tongue and the Rabbit Islands and in the distance we could see Mainland Orkney and the high sandstone cliffs of the island of Hoy. It was a return to the north coast which we last visited eleven years ago.

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From Ruin to Restoration – The Scottish Banner

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

2012_0501april0019PROPERTY WAS once the foundation of wealth so it tells us much about the prosperity of the area that more than one thousand castles and castle ruins are recorded in the north-east of Scotland.

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Inspiring words

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WHO REMEMBERS the BBC’s Hut Man? I’m probably showing my age if I can ask the question.

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Pets care too

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

WE’RE ACCUSTOMED to the idea that if we have a pet, whether it’s a pony or a gerbil, we must look after it, feeding it, cleaning out its cage, exercising it. The idea that our pets help care for us – Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs, Riding for the Disabled, for instance – is the other side of the caring coin.

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An early riser

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

WIDE AWAKE at 4.30 in the morning – at this time of year I wake up as dawn starts breaking. As often as not this spring it’s been the best part of the day with the early sun keeking through the trees. I think there must be leverets in the woods at the back of the house because there’s a hare that sits on the grass outside the kitchen window and moves quietly on when I go down to make a cup of tea.

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Tall ship, tall tale?

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

THERE’S A large population of jackdaws in the woods round the house. They are noisy birds at the best of times but just now it’s mostly the chicks I hear, constantly calling the parent birds, demanding food.

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