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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Reflections at mirror loch

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

The local great spotted woodpeckers have been drumming their tarradiddles in the trees across the road from the house. read more

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Wildlife worried by eclipse

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

I’ve been lucky to have lived most of my life in the country, away from the noise and light pollution of built-up areas.  I often make the point in my talks that the night time walks with Inka can be every bit as interesting as the day time ones  We live on the edge of a village now but I’m just a step from the countryside proper. read more

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Spirit of Jock Tamson’s bairns lives on

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

The sky was flushed with a glowing, pink sunrise as Inka and I went out for the morning walk on Monday.  The pity is it was so fleeting, the colour fading imperceptibly into infinity – for where else was there for the colour to go? read more

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Avoiding an icy swansong

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

On Wednesday Inka and I were out around half past eight, the morning sun shining out of a clear sky streaked with high trails of cirrus cloud.  There wasn’t so much as a whisper of wind to shiver the topmost branches of the leafless trees or the dead grass heads, bleached ghosts of their summer glory, crowding the burn side. read more

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Trees bow to wind of time

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

A message from David Turner, the Bursar at The Burn, near Edzell, was to tell us of the demise of an old friend.  Recent high winds had brought down the hundred years old towering monkey puzzle tree in the part of the gardens known as the Arboretum. read more

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Fury over dumped settee

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Words are my seed corn and I am rarely lost for them, but words failed me when I saw an expensive cream settee dumped in a layby on the road between Fettercairn and Edzell. read more

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The origin of Tuttie’s Nook

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

We have been entertaining Rosie, daughter Cait’s roly-poly bundle of fun – a rough-haired Jack Russell who terrorises Inka. read more

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Heaven’s hounds music to my ears

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Dogs – as I’m sure other dog owners will confirm – have a canny habit of finding the most revolting things in smelly corners and either rolling in them and carrying the fragrance back to share with the family, or eating them and throwing the proceeds up on the drawing room carpet. read more

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Winter’s harsh reality displays flight of artistry

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Walking with Inka on a woodland track a woodcock rose silently from rough grass and flitted off ahead of us, jouking and jinking low between the trees.  Woodcock are essentially wading birds with a long, straight beak, a dumpy body and short legs which have adapted to a woodland environment.  Unlike the explosive clatter of a pheasant taking flight, woodcock can be so silent and fleeting you question if you really saw it – just a blink-of-an-eye encounter. read more

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Good books to curl up with

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

I’ve just finished an utterly absorbing book – The Seabird’s Cry, The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers, by Adam Nicolson.  The ocean voyagers are “creatures of the high latitudes and distant oceans” and include albatross and gannets, kittiwakes, shearwaters, fulmars and gulls – “pelagic wanderers and wind-buffeted migrants”. read more

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