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 May, 2017

Antidote to life in the fast lane

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

DSC04332TOO OFTEN, it seems to me, we are in too much of a hurry. We tell ourselves we must be at another place sooner rather than later when, in reality, if we gave the matter a little consideration – we don’t.

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Dawn songs and glen kirks

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Lochlee Kirk 008THERE’S BEEN discussion lately about the intrusion of the dawn chorus – which starts here around 4a.m. – into the slumbers of honest citizens who need their eight hours sleep every night. If I’m wakened by it I lie in bed and enjoy it or get up and take a wander in the garden. I don’t know what else I could do except bury my head under the pillow.

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A sea of passing memories

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Tom Easton cobles 004ON THE outskirts of Montrose, by the roundabout as you drive south under the red brick railway viaduct, is a salmon coble, filled with earth and planted out with summer flowers. These blue/grey fishing boats were a familiar sight on our north-east coast until about twenty years ago when the Scottish commercial salmon netting industry began to decline. Seeing it brought back a host of memories going back to my childhood.

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Darling buds and dandelion clocks

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Borage & butterflies 021MAY MORNING – the first morning of May month – when girls traditionally rise from their beds at dawn and dash outdoors to bathe their faces in the early morning dew, in expectation that it will bestow on them a flawless complexion.

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