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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Spinning web of autumn stories

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

I’m sitting at my desk wondering how to start this week’s piece and a friendly spider has provided the answer.  I’ve been watching her – or maybe it is him –  repairing holes in its web, spun in the corner of my study window, to ensure no passing beastie, and potential lunch, flying into it can escape. read more

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Unforeseen dangers for dogs

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Here are two dog stories. read more

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Flights of fancy with sting in the tail

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

A fortnight ago I wrote about what seemed a near infestation of hoverflies in the garden, but I see from the Scottish Wildlife Trust blog that mine is not an isolated experience and there has been a population explosion throughout much of Scotland. read more

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Traditional seasons now under threat

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

I was somewhat dismayed to read in Monday’s issue of this newspaper that the “sensational summer” could last until October and that the Met Office are forecasting that the next three months will be hotter than average.  It’s contrary to everything my life’s experience tells me should happen. read more

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Sweet end to country tale

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

It’s been a random week, nothing outstanding but nonetheless plenty of interest in the garden and when Inka and I are out together.  So this week’s column is what I call a sack of shakings – a mélange, a mixter-maxter of odds and ends. read more

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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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Stroll through sands of time

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Last Monday morning dawned another hot, sun-filled day.  I was in Montrose and had Inka with me so I carried on to Lunan Bay which holds many childhood memories.  I drove to The Corbies, a community of holiday cabins and caravans at the south end of the bay, which has been established there for nearly a hundred years. read more

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