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 August, 2012

Land Girls in Skirts – The Scottish Banner

Friday, August 31st, 2012

BondagersImagine if, in this day and age, it was a condition of a man’s employment that he was required to provide a female worker to share his duties. Two hundred years ago, in some parts of Scotland, this wasn’t just commonplace it was automatic.

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A bloody past

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAYS are beacon events which is why the Doyenne and I were hotfooting it down to Cumbria last Saturday to salute her sister’s indefatigability.

Written for Weekly |

Throw it away

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

WE LIVE in a throwaway society. It’s brought home to me time and again when I see how quickly the pile of recyclable packaging and empty food and drink containers accumulates and overflows the kitchen store cupboard. Until our daughter gave us a frightful rocket for not recycling our waste the Doyenne and I blithely threw most things away for disposal in landfill sites.

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Jam filling

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

THE DOGS have been off the radar for the last couple of weeks but I can report that there’s been nothing coming over them. In fact things have looked up with the arrival of Sybil, delicious slinky young Jack Russell, which has caused a sharp rise in testosterone levels. She arrived with daughter-in-law Harriet and grandchildren Alfie and Mathilda to stay for a week.

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In a new place

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

THE ISLE of May has been on my to do list of destinations for more years than I care to think and last Saturday I got the opportunity to sail out to it and spend a morning watching birds.

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