On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hamish, the highland "coo"

In Scotland, north of Stirling, lives Hamish, the hairy cow. Officially, I guess he's a bull, but everyone refers to him as a hairy cow, or coo. There's a sign posted, "DO NOT GRAB HAMISH BY THE HORNS"- but every now and then someone does, Hamish gets riled and the visitor lets go....fast. I don't what it is that makes Hamish so revered and so loveable, but I admit to being smitten too when I chatted with him a couple summers ago. This morning I tried to draw and watercolor him, then covered him in gouache. I'm going to try again with watercolor because, for some reason, I want to get Hamish right.


  1. LOL, I went to Scotland for a month in 1984, and was enamored with the hairy cows. I have a nice photo of one taken near Ben Nevis, and the main thing I remember is being eaten alive by midges! BTW, thank you for you comments on the Bert Dodson book. Lately I've been doodling and noodling along with you.

  2. That's very cute! I love what you've done with his horns.

  3. Homish sounds pretty irresistible to me...I think he pretty cute!


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