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 August, 2014

Butterfly bush boost

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

TWO PEACOCKS in the garden, I mentioned casually. The Doyenne was up like the end of a press and dashed to the window to see. I had to gently explain that I meant two peacock butterflies on the buddleia bush.

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Hunting ground

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

ONE MORNING, as an Edzell reader opened his living room curtains, there was a tremendous thump on the window. Looking out he saw a dazed sparrowhawk clinging to the low branch of a larch tree in the garden, recovering its wits.

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Say cheese

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

THE FRENCH sending their students to Scotland to learn the art of cheese making is surely the ultimate accolade to Scottish cheese makers.

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A worthy emblem

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

THE BONNIE purple heather is blooming in Glenesk – and on the mountains and hillsides of every Scottish glen. It’s one of the defining colours of the season between high summer and autumn – at its best from about mid-July to mid-September. Mention of which brings to mind that, for me, the two best months to go on holiday in Scotland are May and September.

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Beauty of the wild

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

BOG STAR is the Scottish name for one of our loveliest wild flowers. Grass of Parnassus is its English name but it’s a star wherever you find it.

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