HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE! Today (Tuesday, December 21st, 2021) is the Winter Solstice which means it's the shortest day of the year and from this point on, the daylight hours begin growing longer again. In ancient times, people worshiped the Solstice, marking the symbolic death and rebirth of the sun. I don't know about you, but… Continue reading The Winter Solstice & The Green Man
"Happily Ever After" by Val McDowall (2017) This was a freehand acrylic painting I did in the summer of 2017 as part of a wedding shower gift. Up until this point, I’ve always drawn my pictures first then picked up the paint brush or coloured pencils. For this one I decided to be more organic,… Continue reading Happily Ever After
"The Night Before Christmas" by Val McDowall (nee Duncan), 1982 "Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouseThe stockings were hung by the chimney with careIn the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there …" I think most people would recognize the start of… Continue reading The Night Before Christmas
I have no idea where this last year has gone! There I was only one short year ago full of the joys and enthusiasm (some may say naiveté) as I embarked on my first NaNoWriMo in 2017. How did that work out for you? You may well ask... To be fair, I started off reasonably… Continue reading Procrastination Queen!
I was going through some old files on the laptop, as you do, and I came across this piece I wrote in 2009 when our 'adorable' black cat (Sheba) presented us with the grisly remains of a mouse she'd half eaten ... ! ! ! B R E A K I N G N E… Continue reading There’s Been A Murder!
Well this is exciting! I am venturing into the mystical world of writing and decided to put my name out there. I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment and hope to share these with you very soon. In the mean time I've added a link to a wee project I… Continue reading Hello!