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 July, 2018

Remote but not lonely in Scotland

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Scotland is a compact country – wherever you are you are never more than fifty miles from the sea.  Even in the centre of our largest cities we are in easy striking distance of open countryside with stunning scenery, solitude and peace – Glasgow with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and Edinburgh with the Pentland Hills on its doorstep.  Sure, some visitors to the countryside need the security of crowds and don’t want solitude, but it’s there if ever they should. read more

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Bewitched by tales of past

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Regular readers will know of my interest in Scottish vernacular poetry.  I’ve managed, after hunting for it for a long time, to lay my hands on a small and rare book of poetry entitled Rhymes Frae the Back o’ Catter by Angus poet Henry Don Keith. read more

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Gardens restored with love

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Rescuing a Georgian mansion house and garden from a state of dilapidation and potential total loss is a daunting prospect that might overwhelm most people. read more

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Still life is so second nature

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

We’ve not had such a prolonged period of hot weather since 1976 and it’s affecting Inka.  On the plus side he enjoys the heat, running into the back garden and stretching out on the grass. read more

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