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 April, 2018

A high time at tea

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A MONSTROUS regiment of women invaded the house – the members of the Doyenne’s book club.  I did what any other brave man would have done and bundled Inka into the car and ran away. 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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