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 May, 2013

Talking the Moon Into the Morning: Lewis Grassic Gibbon – The Scottish Banner

Friday, May 31st, 2013

JLM photo - Head & Shoulders - Ref 28 116 27THE NORTH-EAST of Scotland has been a creative cradle of artists, singers, poets, laying claim even to being the wellspring of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, whose father farmed the croft of Clochnahill, near clifftop Dunnottar Castle, before seeking a new future in Ayrshire.

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A nightly routine

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

EVERY NIGHT, without fail, I take Inka and Macbeth for their bedtime walk. Any time between half past ten and half past midnight we step out come snowstorm, tempest, moonshine or stygian gloom.

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My Viking past

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

IT WAS only last week I told you that I hadn’t seen siskins or goldfinches in our own garden for ages. Well, nature comes up trumps again. We now have at least one pair of each coming to feed daily. The siskins, with black crown feathers, are both males; the females are less colourful and should be sitting on eggs right now.

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Tales from below

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

TWO CEMETERIES seem unlikely destinations of choice when you’re on grandparent duty but that’s how it was when the Doyenne and I, and dogs too, were looking after Cecily and Fergus last weekend.

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Lassie’s a laddie!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

GREEN DAYS And Blue Days is the title of a small book of verse which at a casual glance seemed to be the sort of book I’d enjoy; but it was the poet’s name, Patrick R. Chalmers, which really caught my attention.

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