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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Archive for September, 2014

Sting in the tale

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

I’M CREDITED sometimes with more knowledge than I deserve. A reader asked, apropos of what I cannot now remember, what happens to bluebell seed?

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Become enchanted

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

I BEAR the scars from picking six pounds of brambles last Sunday. It’s a small price to pay for the scrummy bramble jelly that the Doyenne brews up. If the surest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the Doyenne has it cracked!

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Gather and scatter

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

‘FOR MAN, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.’ So wrote Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980), American countryman, naturalist and photographer, and it’s one of those self-evident truths that are so obvious you can’t believe you didn’t think of it yourself.

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A historical view

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

THERE IS consternation in the Whitson household. Macbeth has injured his cruciate ligament and been advised by the vet to take things easy. Without wishing to offend his sensitivities, we have noticed that he has been taking things easy for some time now. Doubtless when I reach his advanced age I’ll want to take things easier too.

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