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 October, 2015

Canines of so many colours

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

White labNOW THE sun is sinking low,
Gloaming hour is nigh;
Clans of rooks that homeward go
Flit across the sky.

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Autumn’s special attractions

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

DSC03007THISTLEDOWN BLOWING past my study window on a brisk breeze brought home to me that we are well and truly into autumn. It’s not as though I didn’t know it anyway, with fields combined and baled ready for ploughing and for sowing the winter wheat and barley.

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Pre-nuptials Scottish style

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

DSC02991HORN HOOTING, lights flashing and a lot of unseemly hilarity announced something special. A pickup was driving through the village and in the trailer behind were a couple whose predicament I recognised at once. It was a blackening, a particularly north-east pre-marital ritual I hadn’t seen for a while.

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Adapting to life as top dog

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

DSC02966WITH THE harvest mostly cut there are plenty stubble fields to walk in. It gives Inka a chance to stretch out and he enjoys it. But he gets nervous if he loses sight of me behind one of the big round straw bales. When I reappear he’s anxiously looking back to check that I’ve not left him behind.

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Getting ready for the geese

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

DSC02935AT THIS time of year, every year, two things happen as surely as the Changing of the Guard.

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