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.

Dining in memory lane

September 30th, 2017

019I BOUGHT a Selkirk Bannock in our favourite Farm Shop in deepest Aberdeenshire. Seeing it lying in a basket brought back childhood memories of visiting my Loanhead aunties (outside Edinburgh) who often had it on the table for high tea. …read on »

Keeper’s vital role

September 23rd, 2017

008TUESDAY WAS one of those memorable days – sunny, soft and sweet – that confirm, if ever I needed confirmation, that I’ve never wanted to live anywhere other than my north-east of Scotland corner of Angus and the Mearns. …read on »

Conkers, conscience, combines, conclusion

September 16th, 2017

005I DON’T know how many conkers it takes to make an autumn but I’ve been picking up my first ones out walking with Inka. …read on »

Enjoying butterfly moments

September 9th, 2017

DSC03716MONDAY EVENING, setting out with Inka after the ten o’clock news for the final walk, and I still had no idea what to write for today’s column. …read on »

Going Forth to new horizons

September 2nd, 2017

020VICTIM OF sea winds and salt spray, the ruined chapel and graveyard of St Skae stands atop a rocky headland looking over the North Sea known to Montrosians as the Elephant Rock. I keep an eye out for it whenever I take the train from Montrose to Edinburgh. …read on »

Flights of freedom chime with history

August 26th, 2017

029A STEADY breeze was blowing over Cairn o’ Mount and, as I neared the summit, what appeared to be a parachute rose from the ground with a figure hanging below it. I stopped in the car park to watch. …read on »

Whale of a lot to do in the country

August 19th, 2017

024OUT EARLY with Inka when the morning sun is gaining heat the woodpigeons are already gently crooning to one another. …read on »

Sun sets on Angus glens

August 12th, 2017

006THERE IS magic in the music on a lovely summer day, is the opening line of a song, The Lovely Glens of Angus, which you don’t hear these days – well, I haven’t heard it for a while. …read on »

Poppies and poems

August 5th, 2017

009POETS’ CORNER in Westminster Abbey commemorates sixteen First World War poets whose names are inscribed on a slab of Westmoreland slate. With one exception they are English. …read on »

Singing nature’s sweet praises

July 29th, 2017

Doyenne's rasp jamTHEY SAY it’s not a good idea to take your religion from hymns but some are absolute belters and you feel the better for singing them. Once in a while a hymn resonates with my own experience, like one we sang last Sunday. …read on »