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 April, 2014

Old, familiar names

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

A BOOK coming up for auction locally caught my attention. Seton Gordon (1886-1977) was a pioneer naturalist and wildlife photographer with a lifelong interest in the wild parts of Scotland and an abiding passion for our native Golden Eagle. His skills as a professional writer, lecturer and journalist developed through his awareness and love of his environment. It was said of him that he was an ecologist before the term was ever coined.

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Season of activity

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

A FULL moon on Tuesday lit up the track for the dogs’ night time walk, and I could put away the torch. It’s surprising how much bird activity there is in the darkness hours. Fieldfares, autumn migrants arriving in September, often fly here overnight possibly for security from daytime predators.

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It’s a busy time

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

THERE’S A rookery about half a mile from home. We hear the rooks gossiping noisily in the morning and again last thing before they settle for the night. You’d wonder what they find to blether about so much.

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Great family walk

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

IT WAS busy last weekend. Son James and family and Sybil, their Jack Russell, descended on us and the Doyenne and I had to galvanise ourselves to keep up. It’s good when youngsters are happy to close down their screens and want to get out into the countryside.

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