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.

Game for a new eating experience

November 25th, 2017

017JUST SOMETIMES nature and the human world collide – quite literally. …read on »

It’s a dog’s life when it comes to road etiquette

November 18th, 2017

016I DON’T see it the place of this column to tell drivers how they should restrain their dogs when they are in their cars but sometimes dog owners are plain thoughtless about what they allow their dogs to do. One such was the driver I followed who let their small terrier sit on top of the driver’s seat jammed between the headrest and the driver’s head. …read on »

Perfect parritch – beer optional

November 13th, 2017

090I ALWAYS appreciate letters I receive from readers. The most recent was sent by a Group of Oldies. They gave no address so I am acknowledging their kind thoughts here. They ask if robins are “sometimes violent wee birds as they always look so timid”. …read on »

Paths of history

November 4th, 2017

020WE WOKE up on Monday to our first frosted grass, frozen windscreen morning of autumn and by the time Inka and I went out for the early walk the clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining in a cornflower blue sky. …read on »

Classroom in the great outdoors

October 28th, 2017

IMG_6607THIS WEEK I revisited Murton Farm Nature Reserve situated two miles outside Forfar, on the A932 Forfar-Friockheim road. The reserve was created from 80 acres of worked-out sand and gravel quarries. Over twelve years, what was derelict wasteland has been brought back into proper balance and transformed into an asset that is of value to nature, wildlife, the environment and the community. …read on »

A knock at the blue door

October 21st, 2017

010LIFE IN the countryside revolves round the four seasons. Each one affects a countryside writer like myself and I adjust my walking patterns to the daily weather and the physical conditions on the ground. …read on »

Sound, fury and Features

October 14th, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS robin is depicted as a roly-poly, jolly little bird with scarlet breast feathers epitomising all that is warm and cosy about Christmas. …read on »

A picture of the Artist’s Town

October 7th, 2017

002THE DOYENNE and I are back from a week’s break in Kirkcudbright, in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway. …read on »

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 »