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, 2013

The Davidson Legacy to Harley-Davidson® – The Scottish Banner

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

It was old fashioned good luck that saved the near-derelict cottage known locally as the ‘old Davidson cottage’. Local tradition had it that in the mid-1800s it was tenanted by Alexander Davidson whose grandsons were the Davidson side of what has become the Harley-Davidson motor empire. (more…)

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Memories of peasies

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

AGED NINE I was packed off to boarding school in Musselburgh where it was expected everyone would participate, unquestioningly, in all manner of manly outdoor sports. (more…)

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A leisurely amble

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

THE SPINE of hills running from the Lower Northwaterbridge (which crosses the River North Esk a mile upriver from the rivermouth) to Stonehaven separates the plain of the Mearns from the coastal plain. A tracery of roads, some of them old drove roads, criss-crosses the hills. (more…)

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A sense of place

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

EAST, WEST home’s best. You can say much the same about north and south. It’s grand to go visiting but it’s good to get back to the familiarity of your own kail yaird – Dancing in the moonlight / Singing in the rain / Oh, it’s good to be back home again. (more…)

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Years flutter by

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

THIS WEEK I went hunting for butterflies. I’d read Robin Page’s Country Diary in last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph – no, I don’t have split loyalties, but it’s useful to know what is happening in other parts of the British countryside – and he was reporting blizzards of butterflies on his Cambridgeshire farm. (more…)

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Riding L-plates

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

THE PHOTOGRAPH of donkeys Mary and Joseph, which accompanied last week’s article, brought childhood memories flooding back for one Irish girl. (more…)

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