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.

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 »

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 »