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 2013

Thorny dilemma

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

GETTING OUT into the countryside isn’t just something you do with dogs the way I do.

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An excess of gifts

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

SEVEN SWANS a’swimming was the gift the singer’s True Love sent her on the seventh day in the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Ungrateful squirrel

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

MAKING MUSIC – it’s the time of year for it, especially singing. The Doyenne and I started our seasonal music-making last Sunday at a carol service at the old Lochlee Parish Church at the head of Glenesk.

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Days of frozen fun

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I GREW up in Montrose. The Curlie was in easy walking distance of home. In the days before indoor curling rinks it was the curling pond.

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Crisp, clear days

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

RECENT SUB-ZERO temperatures have heralded in some clear, sunny mornings, ideal for walking.

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Big tree country a joy to behold

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

THE DOYENNE and I had a sleepover last weekend with friends at Blair Atholl. It was good to be able to enjoy a glass of the Oh be Joyfulls with them and totter off to bed, our virtue – and driving licences – intact.

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Cobwebs cleared

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

LOCATION, LOCATION, location – it’s such a help having the right location when you have a weekly column to fill about the countryside and the outdoors.

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It’s all natural

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

IT’S TEMPTING, but misguided, to attribute human emotions to wild animals. However, on their own level, I don’t doubt that animals share some of the basic emotions we humans experience.

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Tale behind name

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

IT’S BEEN an interesting week. It started last Sunday when the Doyenne and I went up Glenesk to The Retreat Museum and had our high tea in the Museum’s excellent restaurant.

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Into the west

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

MOST YEARS about this time the Doyenne and I escape to the west coast. Summer is past, it’s getting a bit back-endish and it’s good to get a break before winter sets in.

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