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

Are you the man

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

A VAN drew up alongside us as the dogs and I were setting out for a walk, and the driver poked his head round the door. “Are you the man that writes for the Courier?” “Yes.” “Aaaahh”, came the doubtful reply and, slamming the door he whizzed off up the road.

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Hedgerow harvest

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

HIPS n’ HAWS – two essential ingredients of our north-east autumn.

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Voice of winter

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

THE GEESE have returned. Regular readers will know how excited I get at this time of year when their straggled chevrons beat down the Howe of Strathmore. The wild and wary grey geese are the elemental spirits of nature.

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Mountain of gold

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

DROPPING BY to have a word with Jim Brown, manager of agricultural merchants WN Lindsay’s North Esk Granary at Stracathro, I was confronted with a mountain of golden barley – like so much gold dust – half the height of the Garvock Hill, outside his office window.

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What a coincidence

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

THE NATURE of coincidence is its element of surprise.

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An overdue visit

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

MY MENTION a fortnight ago of Peasiehill Road in Arbroath brought interesting responses from two readers.

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From field to shop

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

WHAT’S FOR tea tonight? – the first question the family ask when they arrive home after their day’s work. It’s also the quirky name of the distinctly different farm shop at Burn of Balmakelly Farm on the St Cyrus road mid-way between Marykirk and Laurencekirk on the A937.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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