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.

Foxy problems and sticky solutions

June 23rd, 2018

We think of sticky willy as a tiresome weed that leaves its seed pods sticking to our clothes.  It’s the plant’s way of spreading its seed and it would normally rely on passing animals such as rabbits or foxes catching the sticky burrs in their fur and depositing them along the way. read more

Persistence of memories

June 16th, 2018

“Please slow down. Free range children and animals” greeted us as we arrived at Dalilea Farm on the north shore of Loch Shiel in Moidart.  The Doyenne and I had booked a week in the chalet on the farm, looking out over cattle-filled grass parks and onto the loch.  I had last spent a family holiday at Dalilea sixty years ago when it was run as a guest house. read more

Seabirds are true free spirits

June 9th, 2018

May through to August are the best months to see a number of our larger seabirds when they come ashore to nest.  The rest of the year they are roaming the seas and hardly come near land.  So I take a drive at this time to see the seabird colonies at the RSPB reserve at Fowlsheugh – appropriately, bird cliff – between Stonehaven and Catterline. read more

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.