• Like Private Fraser's 'auld empty barn', it was a wild and lonely place.

  • Having put off writing this for some time now, I've landed myself with it during the busiest week of the year for me so far, with various other work and Young Farmer things going on...it's like a reminder of when I was at university.

  • LET US deal with some of the good news first.

  • IN 2008 the jet stream got stuck over the Scottish Borders.

  • I WAS going to say that if you want to guarantee that you're going to upset a fair proportion of your readership there's one thing to talk about in this column - but over the years, I've learnt that there's actually quite a few things you can say to upset at least some of the readers.

  • I WAS green with envy reading the report from The Gleaner in last week's issue - 6mm of rain in the Borders in February indeed!

  • We are lost when we try to understand the fundamentals behind our red meat industry here in Scotland.

  • The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 have brought the wettest spell of weather ever seen in Dumfries-shire.

  • So, here we are at the beginning of a New Year and it is one that I am looking forward to with anticipation.

  • WHAT WEIRD weather for the middle of December!