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 February, 2016

Simple stick has such rich history

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

DSC03233A chance conversation with Ivan Laird, farmer at Justinhaugh and Chairman of Kirriemuir East Community Council, provided the story for this week’s piece. He told me about his grandfather’s unusually decorated walking stick which was lost but turned up again in unexpected circumstances.

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My bird count tuppenceworth

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

20160213_124538LAST WEEK I wrote about my visit to Seggieden for the farmland bird identification day held in conjunction with the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count. The logical follow-up was to carry out my own bird count and add my tuppenceworth to the research.

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A day watching birds

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

DSC03226AT THE end of last week I joined a group of keen, indeed hardy, birdwatchers on a farmland bird identification day at Seggieden, near Milnathort. It was run under the auspices of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) ahead of their Big Farmland Bird Count. As it was the only Scottish farmland bird ID day it was important.

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A river ravaged by rainfall

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

DSC03208ON MONDAY Inka and I joined fellow dedicated dog walker Robert Galey, and Jack Russell Bella, on the bank of the River North Esk to take a look at Morphie Dyke some two miles downriver from Marykirk Bridge. The name is misleading for it is actually a weir of some antiquity.

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