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 2017

Being dogmatic about dogs is barking up the wrong tree

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

015THERE ARE seasons in the Doyenne’s year when her kitchen takes on the steamy atmosphere of the witches cave in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Late summer and early autumn is the season for jams and jellies made from the wild rasps and brambles and other hedgerow glories that I pick for her. January is home-made marmalade season. (more…)

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We interfere with nature at our peril

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

20171129_005533_001THE DOYENNE and I have been entertaining her New Zealand niece and her fiancé, who we were meeting for the first time. We had ideas of interesting places to go but after a month of living out of suitcases Claire and Graham opted for staying close to home so we spent an informative morning at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. (more…)

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Game for a new eating experience

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

017JUST SOMETIMES nature and the human world collide – quite literally. (more…)

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It’s a dog’s life when it comes to road etiquette

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

016I DON’T see it the place of this column to tell drivers how they should restrain their dogs when they are in their cars but sometimes dog owners are plain thoughtless about what they allow their dogs to do. One such was the driver I followed who let their small terrier sit on top of the driver’s seat jammed between the headrest and the driver’s head. (more…)

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Perfect parritch – beer optional

Monday, November 13th, 2017

090I ALWAYS appreciate letters I receive from readers. The most recent was sent by a Group of Oldies. They gave no address so I am acknowledging their kind thoughts here. They ask if robins are “sometimes violent wee birds as they always look so timid”. (more…)

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Paths of history

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

020WE WOKE up on Monday to our first frosted grass, frozen windscreen morning of autumn and by the time Inka and I went out for the early walk the clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining in a cornflower blue sky. (more…)

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Classroom in the great outdoors

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

IMG_6607THIS WEEK I revisited Murton Farm Nature Reserve situated two miles outside Forfar, on the A932 Forfar-Friockheim road. The reserve was created from 80 acres of worked-out sand and gravel quarries. Over twelve years, what was derelict wasteland has been brought back into proper balance and transformed into an asset that is of value to nature, wildlife, the environment and the community. (more…)

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A knock at the blue door

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

010LIFE IN the countryside revolves round the four seasons. Each one affects a countryside writer like myself and I adjust my walking patterns to the daily weather and the physical conditions on the ground. (more…)

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Sound, fury and Features

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS robin is depicted as a roly-poly, jolly little bird with scarlet breast feathers epitomising all that is warm and cosy about Christmas. (more…)

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A picture of the Artist’s Town

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

002THE DOYENNE and I are back from a week’s break in Kirkcudbright, in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway. (more…)

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