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 March, 2016

Feathering of spring nests

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

DSC03299I PUT up another nesting box last Sunday evening. It wasn’t even eight o’clock the following morning when the Doyenne called me to the window to watch a pair of tree sparrows, which had taken up immediate occupancy, flying into the box with beaks full of nesting material.

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Bright lights and family memories

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

DSC03287BY ALL reports the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – have been putting on some pretty spectacular displays since the turn of the year, not just in Scotland but far south in England too. It’s all been most frustrating for the Doyenne and me because by the time we’ve heard about it on News at 10 or read the Facebook messages, it’s been too late.

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Scots of the Antarctic

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

DSC03266IN PURSUIT of family history I have discovered that dogs are not allowed in the Antarctic.

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North and south, land and sea

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

DSC03259THE RIVER North Esk traditionally – for folk of my generation, at any rate – formed a distinct boundary between the communities to the south of it and those to the north. The county of Angus on the south and Kincardineshire to the north. Courier readers in the south, and readers loyal to the P&J in the north. Cross the North Esk, north or south, and the timbre of the accent changes.

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