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Across the Bridge

THAT ’S the thing about a dog – you have to take it out every night, whatever the weather. So when Cassie gets up and stretches at exactly 10.15 every evening, there’s no getting away from it. Mind, Cassie’s half collie and half something else. They say collies are the cleverest of all the canines, and any dog that can tell when it’s exactly 10.15 strikes me as intelligent.

When we lived in Edinburgh the night walks were pretty tedious – up and down the same streets passing the same people and their dogs, including the hairy wee maniac with legs two inches long that thinks every other dog’s its enemy. But since we moved out here – when I retired – to the edge of the Pentlands, it’s a lot more interesting. Our house is the Old Schoolhouse – we resisted renaming it ‘Pentland View’ – and it’s just outside the village, across the burn that runs under the road through a big pipe. But when I take the dog out – and it’s usually me that does it – I avoid the main road. The old road from the schoolhouse crosses the burn further down, on an ancient stone bridge, that’s mentioned in a charter of 1367.

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March 2018 Issue number 39 The only independent Pro Scottish magazine on sale today