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.

Welcome to "Man with two dogs" - the family website for dog owners and dog walkers.

This is my countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier newspaper.

A stroll in solitude is no folly

June 2nd, 2018

It’s been such good weather I’ve almost forgotten the wet, cold days at the beginning of May. read more

Rook pie and bothy ballads

May 26th, 2018

A COUNTRY reader contacted me looking for the answer to a problem.  An unidentified animal has been snipping off her tulips near the foot of the stalk, leaving the flower but digging up the bulbs and carrying them off, presumably to eat. read more

A different kettle of Sheriffs

May 19th, 2018

THE NORTH-EAST of Scotland has had its share of nasty historical characters who displayed a spine-chilling lack of social accountability even for the lawless times in which they lived. read more

Food, fizz and French hens

May 12th, 2018

I’VE LONG maintained that May and September are the months to see Scotland at its best although the recent unseasonal weather has tested the theory somewhat.  The old adage of cast not a clout till May month is out looked as though the clout casting should be postponed till the end of June. read more

Fish and Founding Fathers

May 5th, 2018

MAY MORNING, first morning of May month, is traditionally the morning that young girls rise at dawn and dash outdoors to bathe their faces in the early morning dew in expectation that it will bestow on them a flawless complexion. read more

A high time at tea

April 28th, 2018

A MONSTROUS regiment of women invaded the house – the members of the Doyenne’s book club.  I did what any other brave man would have done and bundled Inka into the car and ran away. read more

Voices trailing through the air

April 21st, 2018

TOO COMMON a sight at this time of year are the crumpled corpses of cock pheasants lying at the roadsides.

Food and food for thought

April 14th, 2018

BEING SOLD at Taylors Auctions, Montrose, last Saturday was an unusual item of Scottish domestic history.  It was a pine bacon settle and it was only the second one I’ve come across.  I could get no information about them from Marion Lochhead’s The Scottish Household in the 18th Century, nor from F. Marion McNeill’s The Scots Kitchen, which suggests they are pretty rare.

Feasting on the seasons

April 7th, 2018

ALL MY enthusiastic predictions about spring have turned – I was going to say to ashes – but to snow.  Easter is supposed to herald spring – or is it the other way round?  There is early spring and late spring, meteorological spring and the astrological one.  Frankly, the whole thing is a liturgical nightmare.

Feathering the nest

March 31st, 2018

imagesTHE WIDEOPEN is a secondary road crossing the ridge of hills linking Marykirk in the Howe of the Mearns with St Cyrus on the coastal plain. The Doyenne and I had bought a bag of Inka’s favourite dog meal at the Moorie Kennels and were heading home.