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.

Something borrowed, something …..

August 6th, 2011

SOMETHING BLUE, I was always told as a youngster, will attract bees   Whenever a bumble bee flew in the window and was trapped, beating futilely against the window panes in its efforts to escape, I was despatched to find a blue scarf or towel for the insect to cling to while we took it outdoors and released it.

The delphiniums outside our kitchen window have been attracting bees to their tall, blue flowers, so perhaps there's some substance in the blue theory   But nearby I can hear the hum of considerably more activity high above my head amongst the clusters of yellow flowers of an elderly lime tree.

The accepted wisdom that the countryside is the ultimate refuge of bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects that make up the essential army of our plant pollinators is being challenged   City centres and urban developments, dismissed in the past as concrete jungles, are now being championed as important contributors to the pollinators' sustainability.

Early and late flowering plants and trees extend the gardener's growing year and consequently the availability of nectar and pollen on which the pollinating insects feed   Dundee provides a fine example of the diversity and abundance of pollinator-friendly sites with domestic gardens, allotments, cemeteries, ponds, parks and other green recreational spaces and, of course, the University Botanic Garden – which is really worth a visit if you don't know it.

Shamus Ogilvy is a honey trader who travels to remote areas of the world seeking out exotic and unusual honeys   The Doyenne and I met him in the Food Hall at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, selling his fine, single source and rare honeys.

Heather honey, of course, is a single source product and sometimes you can find single oilseed rape honey, but that has been the limit of my experience   I've discovered that, like malt whisky, honey has a breadth of texture, taste, smell and colour, but you need to travel far from Scotland to find it.

Ogilvy's Honeys was conceived when Shamus volunteered for operations in Kosovo when he was in the TA, and discovered Balken Linden (the lime tree again) and Balken Locust honey.

Traceability is the buzz word (forgive me!) in the food world these days, and Shamus takes traceability in his products to extreme lengths, putting put up with considerable personal discomfort to meet suppliers in the wilds, literally, of the Zambezi Plains and the New Zealand Rainforest, and travelling more than 600 kilometres through the Himalayan Highlands, to bring unique tastes to our breakfast tables.

Honey has been a staple of our diets probably since for ever, used as food, as a preservative and for healing   We hope to catch up with Shamus again at the Cortachy Games in a fortnight's time and see what new experiences from far off places he has tracked down.

Written on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 6:00 pm for Weekly.