Local lady pens book about country life

Memento: Available from Yeadon's of Banchory and Amazon
Memento: Available from Yeadon's of Banchory and Amazon

A former Piper reporter and columnist has written a book of poetry and short stories, which were published as a gift by her late husband.

Mrs Sally Leiper’s book is called ‘Memento: Poems and Stories from a Country Life’.

Sally said: “I’m so thankful to my husband John for publishing them, and that he saw the proof of it before he died in September.”

Her writings include thoughts beside a much-missed dog’s graveside, the joys of shepherding, the perils of modern communication technology, and stories about Fred Dragon - a series first told to Sally’s young niece, called Alix.

Sally said: “Alix would say, ‘Tell me about Fwed Dwagon,’ whenever I offered her a bed time story because she was so young and struggled with the ‘r’s.

“And though he’s retired now I do still sometimes tell Fred Dragon stories for Alix’s children.”

Sally was born Sally Ross in 1935, largely worked in pharmacy, and wrote dog-related articles for Scottish Field during the 60s and 70s, and was the Scottish correspondent for Dog World for 30 years.

She joined the kennel club within a couple of days of women being able to join, and has judged at Crufts, and written for their magazine.

During the 90s, she wrote Westhill news for the Piper - a period during which she described herself as “the oldest cub reporter”, and from around the turn of the millenium, Sally wrote Waggy Tales for about a decade - a monthly column focusing on pet ownership. Sally currently lives in Westhill, with her one remaining dog - a 12-year old border collie called Star.

The book is written for all ages, and is available from Yeadon’s of Banchory and Amazon.