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, 2016

Fishermen’s parallel world

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

dsc03670OTHER THAN farmers, passionate gardeners and golf course and bowling club greenkeepers I suspect the majority of us take grass pretty much for granted. We wish we didn’t have to cut it because it just encourages it to grow again.

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Fine harvesting memories

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

dsc03655THE HARVEST is underway now. For the next month combine harvesters will crawl across the landscape gobbling up the golden grain and threshing it all in one operation, and spewing out the spent straw to be baled into monstrous Swiss rolls.

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Death and renewal

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

DSC03639THE BLACK Isle is one of Scotland’s bread baskets – rich, fertile land so called, some say, because of its temperate climate. When the rest of Scotland is white with winter snow it sidesteps the Black Isle whose fields are snow free and black.

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Thriving birds and beavers

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

DSC03600WE THINK we have a third clutch of tree sparrow chicks ready to fledge and leave the security of the nesting box.

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