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, 2013

Lamb with a Lion’s Heart – The Scottish Banner

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

THE NORTH-EAST town of Montrose has a heritage and quality of municipal statuary that is arguably unmatched in Scotland. A sculpture trail throughout the town includes many figures by a son of the town who has been largely unacknowledged beyond Montrose but who is beginning to be recognised as one of the most important Scottish sculptors of the 20th century.

Written for Claivers |

A land of lochs

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

FOINAVEN, ARKLE and Ben Stack were three of the most successful steeplechasers of their day. All owned by Anne, Duchess of Westminster and named after three massive mountains on the Westminster, Reay Forest, estates in north-west Sutherland.

Written for Weekly |

A grand day out

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

READERS OF a certain age will recognise the lyrics from Nat King Coles’ 1960s hit: “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer / Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer”.

Written for Weekly |

Lost and Forlorn

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

A BENEFIT of being the Man with Two Dogs is that readers share their experiences, pass on information and offer to lend me books and articles that add to my, sometimes, shaky knowledge of nature and wildlife.

Written for Weekly |

Floral Folklore

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

WHY DO they call sorrel, Soldiers’ Blood? It was a question from the audience at a talk I gave as the Man with Two Dogs, and I had to confess I didn’t know.

Written for Weekly |

Road to freedom

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

THE GREAT North Road, linking Perth and Inverness, first laid its spell on me three score years and more ago. For seven years it was the road that led to the freedom of never forgotten, Highland summer holidays.

Written for Weekly |