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.

All at sea on the lake

July 22nd, 2017

025AFTER LUNCH on Monday I couldn’t stand sitting indoors any longer so I closed my computer and set off with Inka through the woods to Fasque Lake to see what activity there was now that the busiest part of the breeding season is coming to an end. …read on »

The water ran red

July 15th, 2017

Well of 7 heads 011THE CALEDONIAN Canal is one of the great waterways of Europe, built by Thomas Telford, one of Scotland’s greatest engineers. Running north-east to south-west, it connects the east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach, near Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe. …read on »

Boldly going firth to Portmahomack

July 8th, 2017

005SIXTY YEARS ago Bonar Bridge was a busy hub for traffic travelling from Inverness, turning west and north for Ullapool and beyond, and east and north for Wick and Thurso. …read on »

Maritime matters and fine foods

July 1st, 2017

Portsoy Boat Festival 004REGULAR READERS of this column will know of my fascination with the small boats I find tied up in small harbours all round our Scottish coast. It drives the Doyenne near demented when we’re on holiday and I take an unannounced turn down a minor road in response to the siren call of a roadside finger post beckoning me in the direction of a pier – an invitation I rarely can resist. …read on »

Bordering on unbelievable

June 24th, 2017

Jupiter Artland 018THE WEEK has seemed a bit ordinary after last weekend which the Doyenne and I spent with son James and his family at Peebles, in part to celebrate a grandson’s 18th birthday. James usually finds an interesting diversion to entertain us when we visit. …read on »

Focus on young life

June 17th, 2017

Loch Odley shelduck 013I’M HAVING fun with a new pair of binoculars which are transforming my walks with Inka. They are marketed as auto focus or perma focus which is market speak for focus free and means that I never have to adjust them. …read on »

Wild flowers and wonder of wood

June 10th, 2017

006A FOREST that is well looked after and productive has a dignity and a calm that is all its own – is a quotation from Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting, the most unusual and certainly the most unexpected book I have read for a long time. …read on »

No place for sympathy in nature

June 3rd, 2017

003I DIDN’T expect to see raven chicks, peregrine chicks and buzzard chicks all in the space of a quarter of a mile. But then, until last week, I’d only ever seen the adult birds. …read on »

Antidote to life in the fast lane

May 27th, 2017

DSC04332TOO OFTEN, it seems to me, we are in too much of a hurry. We tell ourselves we must be at another place sooner rather than later when, in reality, if we gave the matter a little consideration – we don’t. …read on »

Dawn songs and glen kirks

May 20th, 2017

Lochlee Kirk 008THERE’S BEEN discussion lately about the intrusion of the dawn chorus – which starts here around 4a.m. – into the slumbers of honest citizens who need their eight hours sleep every night. If I’m wakened by it I lie in bed and enjoy it or get up and take a wander in the garden. I don’t know what else I could do except bury my head under the pillow. …read on »