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 January, 2014

Ermine portent?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

TWO REGULAR readers were walking Bella, their Jack Russell, along the bank of the River North Esk when a stoat popped out of the stonework of an old mill lade. Nothing unusual about that, you’ll find stoats up and down any riverbank, and weasels too and rats.

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A dreich day

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

THERE’S A green mound in a field on the east side of the B966 Edzell to Fettercairn road which had been in my mind to investigate for more than twenty years. My father looked round it after archaeological excavations had taken place there and he described it as a Roman marching camp.

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Harvest leftovers

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

A PLUMP siskin, readily identified as a cock bird from its black crowned head, has been a regular visitor feeding almost exclusively on the niger seeds we put out.

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