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 July, 2015

Busy river stays in the Loups

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

DSC02765A FAVOURITE walk for families is through the Blue Door at the Gannochy Bridge, near Edzell, and up the bank of the River North Esk. There’s a handy seat for weary travellers overlooking the river where the channel narrows and the water has to crowd its way between high rocks known as The Loups – the falls which salmon returning to their mother river must leap or ‘loup’ on their journey upstream to the river’s headwaters to spawn.

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An Aberdeenshire odyssey

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

DSC02741IT’S GOOD to have days out here and there, as they say, and the Doyenne and I arranged our week to take a day off on Monday. It started off overcast and dreich but we looked on the bright side and, bundling the dogs and a picnic into the car, we headed out for a day in Aberdeenshire.

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A river of sweet tranquility

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

DSC02736HANGING IN our porch is an illustrated map of the salmon pools of the River North Esk from its source to where it enters the sea at Kinnaber, north of Montrose, compiled and drawn by Gordon C Stewart.

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Land of eternal discoveries

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

DSC02722YOU’D BE forgiven for thinking that Macbeth has been forgotten because I’ve not said much about him over recent weeks. He’s still very much part of the family but his role is more of an indoors one these days. The days of keeping up on long walks are past but he still imposes his small self but large personality on the family and on Inka who he clearly regards as unhinged and quite fushionless – a thought I sometimes share!

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