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 May, 2016

A seabird bonanza

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

DSC03398THERE COULD be no doubting I had reached the RSPB’s Fowlsheugh seabird reserve. The reserve, at Crawton between Catterline and Stonehaven, is aptly named – Fowlsheugh means bird cliff. It’s not the squalling voices of seabirds that greets you, as you might expect, but the powerful, fishy smell of generations of seabird guano coating the high cliffs where the birds nest.

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Mrs Tiggywinkle’s boys

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

DSC03421MAY IS bustin’ out all over – well, it is here in the Mearns. In the song from the 1960s musical, Carousel, it’s actually June that is bustin’ out all over. The story is set in the fishing port of Maine, in New England, on the US eastern seaboard, and perhaps the season is later over there. Or did June just sound better in the lyrics? – I haven’t the faintest idea.

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Stirring signs of summer

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Maggie Law-3IF ONE swallow doesn’t make a summer perhaps five house martins swooping in dazzling aerobatics in the sky above us was a good omen. It was the Doyenne who saw them first and they were welcome arrivals.

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Satellite-guided tattie fields

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

DSC03368MAY MORNING, first morning of May month, is traditionally the morning that young girls rise at dawn and dash outdoors to bathe their faces in the early morning dew, hoping it will bestow on them a flawless complexion.

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