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 2014

Festive gatherings

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

WE’VE BEEN reading a letter from a Finnish friend of the Doyenne’s who we visited in Turku, Finland’s second city. We sent her a copy of the second Man with Two Dogs books, Tales from the Scottish Countryside.

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Fussy eaters

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

A READER wonders whether the recommended brand of bird seed mix she puts out is the correct one for her garden song birds as she sees the birds picking so much seed out of the feeders and chucking it on the ground.

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Stroll through time

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

I MUST be getting soft. I’ve kept to woodland walks this week to escape the chilly winds and the worst of the elements. I’d like to think I did it for the dogs – I can wrap up well in appropriate clothing but the dogs have only got their hair shirts.

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Nature’s raw side

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

LAST TUESDAY dawned bright and sunny and, after the previous week’s catalogue of rain and dreich, it would have been criminal not to get out and enjoy it. I’d had a report that large numbers of swans were roosting on a flooded stubble field beside the River Isla on the road from Meigle to Alyth, and I set out to investigate.

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James Stuart’s farewell

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

THE CARCASE of a pink footed goose lay beside a wild scattering of breast feathers. The breast meat had been consumed and the head had been torn off which made me think it was the work of a fox.

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A dreich week

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

IT’S BEEN a grey week. The Doyenne and I were speaking about it, and we’ve scarcely seen a blink of sunshine and just occasional glimpses of blue sky in breaks in the clouds. More often than not the hills at the back of the house have been blanketed in thick mist or we’ve watched the rain being driven across the brae faces on blustery winds.

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Mixed emotions

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

I FIND that much of the language used for death and funerals doesn’t fit in with my personal notion that life is sustained in memories.

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Relics of bygone era

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

GLENESK IS the easternmost of the Glens of Angus, the range of glens stretching westwards across the Braes of Angus to Glen Isla. Each has its special features and its admirers.

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Natural change?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

A CALL from Montrose reader Denis Rice had us ranging across several topics of common interest.

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Gonzalo’s last fling

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

THE DOYENNE and I – and dogs too, of course – are back from a week in a self-catering cottage at Loch Melfort, sixteen miles below Oban. It wasn’t the brightest outlook for the holiday with forecasts of Hurricane Gonzalo’s last fling on course to batter the west coast – and anyway it was raining when we set off.

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