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 2014

Sound of autumn

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

SURF BREAKING on the shore is one of the timeless sounds that keeps you company on the walk down the bank of the River North Esk from Kinnaber to the rivermouth. I hoped to see the Canada geese that were reported to have spent some days there.

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Wade bridge that isn’t

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

I KEPT to the woodland walks at the beginning of the week. The leaf canopy is still thick enough to have kept the worst of the torrential rain off me, and off the dogs too. Not, I have to admit, that I’m overly worried about the dogs getting wet. They have ready-made coats to protect them from the elements.

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Nature does it for me

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

I THINK we’ve said farewell to the last of the season’s swallows although the past month, the driest September on record, may have misled some to stay on longer. Colder weather is forecast which will reduce the flying insects that the swallows feed on so they’ll be off anyway when the temperature dips too low.

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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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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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