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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Chilly finger’d spring again

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

022THE CALENDAR says it is winter, but spring doesn’t have a calendar and even if she did – and spring is a she, poet Hilaire Belloc writes of “our Sister the Spring” – she couldn’t read it. Anyhow, she doesn’t trouble herself with such man-contrived constraints. (more…)

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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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Help for man’s best friend

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

012006I HAD to fight my way through a proper bourach of wriggling, tail-wagging dogs to meet Carol Begg, founder and rescue coordinator of Perthshire Gundog Rescue. (more…)

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The heather and the hedge

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

img037CHARLES EDWARD Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart – a bit of a mouthful, but that was Bonnie Prince Charlie. I wonder how well he’d have got on in the playground – at least the one I remember – if his school mates had known his full name. But I doubt if the Wee Academy at Montrose was ever graced by royalty. (more…)

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Keeping warm in winter is a full time job

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Old boat St Cyrus beach 004THE WINTER morning sun colours the landscape an atmospheric buttery golden yellow. There’s less strength in the sun at this time and it sits low in the sky. Its trajectory from east to west never reaches summertime’s midday zenith. (more…)

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Being dogmatic about dogs is barking up the wrong tree

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

015THERE ARE seasons in the Doyenne’s year when her kitchen takes on the steamy atmosphere of the witches cave in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Late summer and early autumn is the season for jams and jellies made from the wild rasps and brambles and other hedgerow glories that I pick for her. January is home-made marmalade season. (more…)

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We interfere with nature at our peril

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

20171129_005533_001THE DOYENNE and I have been entertaining her New Zealand niece and her fiancé, who we were meeting for the first time. We had ideas of interesting places to go but after a month of living out of suitcases Claire and Graham opted for staying close to home so we spent an informative morning at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. (more…)

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