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 2018

Voices trailing through the air

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

THE NORTH-EAST of Scotland has had its share of nasty historical characters who displayed a spine-chilling lack of social accountability even for the lawless times in which they lived. read more

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Voices trailing through the air

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

TOO COMMON a sight at this time of year are the crumpled corpses of cock pheasants lying at the roadsides.

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Food and food for thought

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

BEING SOLD at Taylors Auctions, Montrose, last Saturday was an unusual item of Scottish domestic history.  It was a pine bacon settle and it was only the second one I’ve come across.  I could get no information about them from Marion Lochhead’s The Scottish Household in the 18th Century, nor from F. Marion McNeill’s The Scots Kitchen, which suggests they are pretty rare.

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Feasting on the seasons

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

ALL MY enthusiastic predictions about spring have turned – I was going to say to ashes – but to snow.  Easter is supposed to herald spring – or is it the other way round?  There is early spring and late spring, meteorological spring and the astrological one.  Frankly, the whole thing is a liturgical nightmare.

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Feathering the nest

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

imagesTHE WIDEOPEN is a secondary road crossing the ridge of hills linking Marykirk in the Howe of the Mearns with St Cyrus on the coastal plain. The Doyenne and I had bought a bag of Inka’s favourite dog meal at the Moorie Kennels and were heading home.

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Stormy days

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Katie seagull 1“IT’S ALL that teuchat storms” was the comment from a walker of my own vintage who I meet regularly. It’s an old expression, rarely heard these days, but I knew fine what he meant.

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The shifting sands of time

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

005I LOOKED back to this time last year to see what I had written about and it confirmed what the Doyenne and I suspected. The weather was milder a year ago but, despite the recent cold snap, signs of spring this year seem at least a fortnight earlier.

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A native in great danger

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

shooting-conservation-grey-partridgeTHE BIG Thaw struck and the landscape took on a distinctly unhealthy colour. Deep fog descended like a wet blanket and it was all dubs and gutters underfoot. The snowdrops closed their petals and hung their heads in gloom.

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Tale sends shivers down spine

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

017SO OFTEN the weather has the last word. Last week I was counting the days till spring arrived and this week the Beast from the East blew in and turned things upside down.

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Early signs of a busy spring

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Initial Import 655THE LENGTHENING days raise my spirits. I can put up with the dreich mornings knowing that spring is just biding her time to make an entrance. The snowdrops in the woods are in full bloom and the pencil heads of daffodils are showing above ground and will add new colour when the snowdrops die away.

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