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 January, 2018

Lines from days gone by

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Ribblehead viaductLAST SUNDAY the Doyenne and I set off to drive to Cumbria. In different circumstances we should have looked at the weather and postponed the visit. This one couldn’t be postponed as it was for a family funeral. (more…)

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Poetry and peace for a perfect walk

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

012GLENESK HAS been part of my life all of my life. My earliest memories of the glen go back to about 1946 when petrol became more available post-war, and of picnics at a favourite spot of my mother’s by the side of the River North Esk. (more…)

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Parsons and egrets meet in The Basin

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

03.12.17 Little Egret 5YOU MAY remember what a lovely morning Monday was. Inka and I went out soon after 8.30 and were greeted by a spectacular winter’s scene – the ground iron hard and the grass white with frost. (more…)

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Snow may suit skiers but birds endure hungry gap

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

IMG_20171225_105956_878_resizedTHREE WEEKS ago I wrote about the difficulties wildlife experiences during what is known as the hungry gap period. Frost and snow make foraging for food difficult, the hedgerow berries and wild seed heads in the ditches and the margins have been stripped and our wild birds need support. (more…)

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