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, 2015

New era begins on the water

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

DSC02837THERE WAS something rather emotional about standing at the Montrose Lifeboat Station with several hundred other enthusiastic lifeboat supporters to welcome the RNLI’s first Shannon class all-weather lifeboat to go on service in Scotland.

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Goodbye to our Macbeth

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

DSC00133The Friend of Man
With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man;
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end. (Anon)

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Pleasurable journey home

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

LAST WEEKEND I went to Glasgow by train. It’s a favourite means of travel. You can enjoy the countryside with none of the stress or worry about other drivers who should never have been allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle in the first place.

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Transience and tragedy

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

DSC02774VIOLET JACOB in her novel, The Interloper, called it Garviekirk. All my life I’ve called it Beattie’s Grave. Its historic name is the Nether (Lower) Kirkyard, sitting in the bents at the foot of St Cyrus cliffs.

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A French land of plenty

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

P1040299RETURNING TO old haunts can sometimes be disappointing but the Doyenne and I are back from a marvellous week’s holiday in south-west France, staying with her niece Jane and partner Emma.

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