Friday, 26 February 2021







It is with great sadness that we have to say that Jill passed away on 23rd February at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. 

Jill's wish was to donate her body to Aberdeen University Medical department, however because of the pandemic this hasn't been possible. Instead Jill will be buried in a woodland setting at Clovery Woods of Rest near one of her favourite castles at Fyvie. The internment will be attended by close family. 

Please raise a glass or two of red to remember Jill in your own way. 

We request that rather than sending flowers, instead make a donation to the New Arc or Willows Animal Sanctuary in Jill's name.

DP 


108 comments:

hart said...

I am so sorry, I am a regular reader and enjoyed her photos and her wonderful art. Please accept my condolences.

Vivian said...

I am so very sorry to hear this! Jill was such a strong, courageous, down to earth, and talented woman. Huge amount of positive thoughts from across the pond to you and your family.

Angela said...

She was a beautiful lady.
I never met her in real life, but her blog showed us her fighting spirit and love of her family.
May she rest in peace with unlimited vitamin sea.
Angela Australia

Rae said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed her posts for a few years now and always look forward to seeing what she had been painting. I loved her character and just plain determination and I am so sad that she lost her battle. Her artistic talent is a great legacy to her along with so much more. She will be missed. Ranee (MN) USA

Lynda said...

I am SO SORRY to read this. I wish all of you peace and send my condolences. I wish I knew her in person.

Just Because said...

My condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this. I will miss her photos, art and humor.

Lynn Marie said...

What a beautiful woman she was and what a blessing it's been to this person she never met in New England that she shared her life and thoughts. Bless you, all who love her, and thank you.

DUTA said...

My sincere condolences!
Jill was a brave woman! May her soul rest in peace! May God strengthen her family in this time of grief!

Kris said...

Jill will be much missed.

Mary Bolton said...

Rest in peace dear Jill.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sad to read of the passing of Jill. I shall miss reading of her trips to the prom, about "her cat", the badgers, her lovely paintings and the stories of the DP and her family. She has come across as a very brave and determined lady who loved her family and did not give up the fight against this awful illness. My deepest sympathy to you her family, and those who knew her as a personal friend. Jean.

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, I knew something was wrong, I’m so sorry to hear this. Please accept my condolences, you will miss her terribly, we all will, I’m miles away in Canada, never met her in person but I was so fond of my spunky red haired friend , every time I see the gull gangs, ocean waves and sea birds I will think of her, Sending my love, I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother. I am just a random person from the internet who found Jill's blog a couple of years ago. She was a brilliant artist. I admired her bravery and determination to carry on despite her severe illness. I will miss her posts.

Unknown said...

My sincerest sympathy. Jill was clearly a lovely person and she will be missed very much by all her followers. Grace and peace to her family, Celie in USA

Marjorie said...

Hugs. I am so sorry. I won't forget her.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no. xx

Susan Heather said...

So sorry to hear that. She was such a brave lady. Condolences from New Zealand. Thank you for posting this as bloggers sometimes just disappear.

RunNRose said...

Oh, I am so sorry to read this!! Jill was such a fighter. So many troubles with her health but she kept going to her beloved a prom. And, I so loved reading about that beach in Scotland, and seeing the photos and occasional videos. And, her exquisite art. Her much adored oystercatchers. I live in north Texas. I have lost a piece of me tonight. Jill mattered. Sending hugs to you across the miles. Rose

Unknown said...

I am so sorry to hear this my respects and condolences to the family. I have enjoyed reading Jill's blog for some time and she will be missed

Rachel Phillips said...

So sorry to hear this. Jill was a lovely person and I will miss her. You and Jill and family are in my thoughts. Thank you for all the lovely posts and photos.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to learn of Jill's death. My thoughts go to you and your daughters at such a sad time. I enjoyed Jill's blog, looking forward to reading it an the photographs of the birds, boats, people and landscapes together with her paintings. Gillian

Sue in Suffolk said...

I'm just so sorry to hear this after reading Jill's blog for so many years she felt like a good friend. When my husband died she wrote "I don't know you but I love you" which was so wonderful and now I can say " I didn't know Jill but I loved her"

Bovey Belle said...

I am so sorry to hear this. She was a lovely lady and will be much missed. My condolences to you and your family.

mamasmercantile said...

Sincere condolences, I am so sorry for your loss. Her blog posts will be greatly missed.

crafty cat corner said...

I was so pleased when I saw that Jill had posted, I was worried for her and then to read the post was awful. I can't tell you how sad I am to read the post. I shall miss her so much and thankyou for posting this sad news.
Briony
x

kjsutcliffe - artist said...

I'm so so sorry, sending my condolences to the DP and Jill's family xx

Helensmum said...

So very sorry

Sencosue said...

Please accept my condolences. I am so sorry to hear that Jill passed away. I loved her humour, wonderful photographs of the beach and sea which she loved so much. I will miss reading her blog, and I will certainly raise a glass or two of red wine in her memory. Blessings to you all. Regards Sue H.

busybusybeejay said...

So very sad to read about Jill.I shall miss those lovely photos.My thoughts go out to you and your family and friends.Jill will be missed in Blogland.
Barbara

Gardener said...

Oh how I will miss Jill. No more photos of the beach and no more friendly blog to start my morning. Love to her family and thank you to Jill.

Maria said...

🍷
RIP
Carolina from Portugal

Tom Stephenson said...

I am so sorry to hear this, DP. I will miss those photos of the boats, oyster-catchers, fishing boats and surfers. I hope you and the girls fare well.

Anonymous said...

I was so sorry to hear about Jill, I too loved how her determination and love of life and her family came over to us, her great talent in her paintings the lovely photos on her blog and I was just waiting to hear 'her' cat had moved into the house,
My condolences to DP and family.
Marlene

janipi said...

Rest in peace dear Jill. I will raise a glass in your honour. A wonderful lady who was generous to share the beauty of the world through her eyes. I will miss those photos and paintings.🍷

Catriona said...

Thank you for letting us know about Jill’s passing. I loved her daily dose of vitamin sea photos and her posts from the studio. Much love to you and your family.💕

janipi said...

Rest in peace dear Jill. I will raise a glass in your honour. A wonderful lady who was generous to share the beauty of the world through her eyes. I will miss those photos and paintings.🍷

Barb in Texas said...

My most sincere condolences to Jill's family and friends- I have read her blog and enjoyed her pictures, but reading about her bravery has been an inspiration-she will be remembered-
Barb in Texas

Mary said...

DP, my heart goes out to you and your family in your great sorrow. Jill had a way of sharing her world--her paintings, the prom, her favorite bird--oystercatchers, the sea and boats, your (DP) wonderful photography--that drew many of us across the miles and oceans to her side. We cheered for her when a good day of Vitamin Sea at the prom had lightened her mood and tried to encourage her when days were difficult. And now, just great sadness. She will be missed.

Heather said...

So sorry to hear about Jill's death. I will miss the wonderful photos of the sea, surfers, boats and dogs and of course her artwork Take care D P and family, thank you for letting her blog readers know.

Sarah D. said...

So sorry to hear your sad news, although I do not have a blog I am a regular reader and loved Jills paintings, she had such a talent. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, Sarah D. in Dorset.

Jules said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Xx

Jane said...

I am so saddened to read this , Jill's indomitable spirit was incredible as was her art and observations on life. May she rest in peace x

Lizzie said...

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I have read Jill’s blog for a few years now, and so enjoyed hearing about her life, about the local nature, her visits to the prom and her beautiful art.
Condolences to you and your family.
She will be greatly missed.
xxx

slimsdotter said...

I am sad to hear this, but thank you for posting to let us know. I am another anonymous person, never commenting but always looking for the post of the day with the lovely photos and courageous attitude.

Ellen D. said...

I hope fond memories of happier times shared with family and friends bring you comfort during this sad time. I was always inspired by Jill's fighting spirit and enjoyed all of the trips to the Prom with her and you.

Emmbee said...

DP & Family, please accept my condolences on the passing of your strong, ever fighting spirited wife & mother.
She will be sorely missed by many bloggers and readers across the world.

🍷🍷 Cheers Jill, Rest In Peace ... enjoy some deep breaths of vitamin sea.

Sooze said...

My sincere condolences to you, DP, and your family, thank you for letting us know. I didn't comment often but read every day, I loved Jill's spirit, humour, photos and art. She was kind enough to leave a most complimentary comment when I started doing very simple watercolour and drawings on my cards - praise coming from a genuine and very talented artist pleased me immensely, I'll never forget that.

Patricia in West Suffolk said...

I'm so sorry to read this sad news. I've been a regular reader for some years and admired Jill greatly - her talent and her determination. May she rest in peace.

WendyT said...

No more strolls along the front Jill, watching the birds and surfing, I hope you’ve got your paints and brushes with you, RIP lovely lady you will be missed.

lexie said...

Jill will be missed by many readers. I always looked forward to her seaside pictures and commentary.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to your family for your great loss. I will miss her beautiful pictures and art.
Cali G

thelma said...

So sad to hear of this. We all have enjoyed her photos of the sea, oyster catchers and surfers. Strength to all of the family at this sad time. xxx

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of Jills passing,she was a determined lady who tried so hard to cope with this illness and staying positive,I'll miss her trips to the beach,her paintings photos of the birds,boats and surfers and her wicked sense of humour Rest in peace Jill😞

Unknown said...

So, so sorry to hear of Jill's passing. I've enjoyed her blog for a long, long time and will miss her musings, photos and art.

Nanny Anny said...

Sincere condolences to Jill's family from a Canadian reader. I have enjoyed reading Jill's blog and truly admired her strength, resilience, her positive attitude and of course, her wonderful sense of humour. So sorry to hear of Jill's passing. Sincerely, Nanny Anny

Patricia & Fouad said...

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May her memory be eternal. Pat 🙏

Anonymous said...

So so sad today i will miss you Jill.

Stellamarina said...

We will miss her and her blog posts. Thanks for letting us know.

Tigger said...

Condolences to your family. We knew Jill only through her blog and were delighted to follow its bright sparks of creativity, her ability to find and share clear happiness in everyday, her love of her home , family and friends, and her eye for beauty.

Beacee said...

So sorry to read this.
A beautiful and brave lady who helped to keep us all going.
We will miss her work and all the wonderful photos.
Love and prayers, DP, for you and the whole family, who she loved so much. x

Jan said...

I'm so very sorry. She will be very much missed.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. I checked in most days to hear from Jill, to see the beautiful art and photos, and stories of trips to the prom. I will miss hearing about the gull gang and the Shedudio. Much love to you DP, girls, family and friends. I will raise a glass of red in her memory. A middle aged lady from Shropshire xxx

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am so sorry to read of Jill's passing. I have enjoyed her words, her photographs and her paintings so much over the years we have communicated. My condolences to you and just to tell you what pleasure she gave to me and I am sure to all her readers,

Accidental nomad said...

We are so sorry for your loss...Like many others, we have never met Jill but have been reading her blog for the past few years. Her deep love of life and the world around her will be greatly missed. Our son first saw oyster-catchers in her photos and paintings and is now a keen beach bird watcher!
She will be fondly remembered by so many strangers whose lives she has touched. Our heartfelt condolences from Edinburgh. Rest in peace, Jill.

Regina M. said...

Jill will be missed so very much. She was such a courageous person. I loved seeing her photos each day reminding me of that which I miss living near the ocean. My heart goes out to you. Warmest heartfelt wishes to you and the family during this most difficult period in your lives.

Anonymous said...

I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Jill. I admired her spirit, wry humour and painting. Sincere sympathy to you all.
Frances SW

Anonymous said...

We had such a shock to read about Jill. Her blog was always such an inspiration in so many ways - always so interesting and filled with beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for letting everyone know dear DP when you must be grieving so much. Tom & Wendy
Wendy (Wales)

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear the sad news about Jill. I admired her spirit, wry sense of humour and art work. I will miss her blog. Sincere condolences to you all.

Frances SW

Morag said...

I send my sincere condolences for your great loss. What a brave lady who persevered in enjoying life regardless and with such tough challenges. Thinking of you, DP and the family. Thank you Jill, I will raise a glass of red to you out of every bottle I open xxx Morag xxx

Ali said...

So sorry to hear this news. Sincere condolences to you and your family. I very much enjoyed Jill's blog, she was a very talented witty lady.

vic said...

So sorry to hear of Jill's death. She put up a good fight and stayed optimistic all the way to the end. I've enjoyed knowing at least a little bit about your lives and will miss her pictures taken at the prom. My condolences to you and your family.

Ruth said...

I am so sad to hear the news that Jill has died. I have enjoyed her photos (and DP's photos) of the Prom and the boats and the sea and the birds...thank you for posting the news. She is remembered by many who never met her, who never even lived in the same country as she did.

Sarah Head said...

I am so sorry to hear that Jill has passed away. She fought so hard for so long, delighting so many along the way with her photos and her paintings and her sheer tenacity for life. Please accept my condolences to all the family. She will be much missed.

Margaret Butterworth said...

Brave lady. She never gave up.

LizG said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. I only found Jill's blog last year but she has been a constant through lockdowns for me - her wonderful photos were lovely to see each morning and I loved her paintings, especially her favourite oystercatchers. Her indomitable spirit and determination to keep going were inspiring. I shall miss her and send my condolences and love to her family.

DL said...

I'm sorry for your loss, DP. Loved her photos of the Big Sky and her lovely birds. Grateful that you let us all know.

lynney62 said...

Oh my...so very sorry to hear this....I loved following Jill's blog every day and have saved many of her wonderful pictures of the oyster catchers, a favorite of mine. RIP now, dear lady. God bless you, DP.

wherethejourneytakesme2 said...

Only just heard the news and I am so sad for you and your family - I shall miss reading Jill's posts each night before I go to bed and seeing her wonderful photos and paintings which have taught me such a lot about the wildlife. I always hoped I would get to meet her in person. Such a big loss for everyone she bore her illness with such courage and a fair amount of humour. A final goodnight Jill xx

Patricia Cooper said...

My deepest condolences to the DP and all of Jill’s children and Grandchildren. I have greatly enjoyed her blog and the wonderful pictures of the beach and birds. I was inspired by her persistence and strength and great wit and humor. She will be greatly missed.

it's me said...

Godspeed dear lady.

Debby said...

My condolences.

Ellen D. said...

I will miss our daily visits to the Prom! My thoughts are with you during this sad time. Jill was a talented artist, great blogger and strong woman - I am so glad I found her blog and will miss her very much.

Sea Lover said...

I have never commented on a blog before but I understand Jill's passion for the sea and how it renewed her spirit. My husband and I lived on the Island of Bogue Banks in North Carolina,USA for thirteen years.I am glad Jill had the sea. I shall miss her. My condolences to you DP and to all her family.

Liz said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Jill's photos were always a little piece of home for me. Sending love to all her family xx

Debi said...

I am so sorry to hear this.I loved her blog and always admired her talent.My love to you and all of Jills family.xxx

Irene said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Jill was an inspiration to me, such a Scottish warrior.
She was honest, humourous talented red haired beautiful woman.
I will dearly miss her posts.
I hope DP and family find peace and strength together
Bye Jill

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Prayers and sympathy for Jill's passing
She will be missed, her wonderful spirit and gift for spreading joy.

Anonymous said...


My heart goes out to DP, Jill's family and friends.
Words just are not enough.
I will miss her more than I can say, even though I never met her, I felt I knew her just a little bit.

Thank you Jill

- Kate (another random person form the internet who gained much from reading Jill's words of wisdom and seeing her lovely photos and pictures)

Gail, northern California said...

You were such a devoted caregiver DP, without a doubt she felt love to the very end. From California, USA...
I thank you.

Susan said...

Godspeed Jill. You will be missed but remembered forever. My deepest condolences to Jill's family. Susan

Anonymous said...

Please accept my condolences on Jill's passing. I really enjoyed reading her blog and seeing her paintings.

Irene

Anonymous said...

Aw sleep well Jill. So sorry . Have sponsored a wee feral cat in your name.Caroline x

Kay said...

I just read about Jill from Laurie and want to extend my deepest condolences. It's so very sad to lose a loved one.

Carruthers said...

What sad news. My condolences. Thank you for letting us all know.

Swiss Frank said...

... from her battles as a lighthouse volunteer to the “dogs of the prom” a frequent dose of Jill was a staple indulgence for me. DP - may l suggest you occasionally post a few pictures of your beautiful environment and birds as you have a talent for which l have the greatest respect. Your bird challenge a while back was most enjoyable and l firmly believe that ... as Dylan Thomas raged, “ Do not go gently into that good night ... “ it would do you a world of good if you were to continue Jill’s endeavors in a similar vein. Not a lot of writing just wonderful pictures of sunsets, the prom, boats “ toing and frowing ... “ etc. Perhaps it’s just egotistical me but it might be worth a try in order to wrestle with “the black dog” as she called it. You have your photographic society in your town but your work deserves a larger audience. I believe Jill would approve ... the creative mantle of north east Scotland should be passed on. Pleas give this your serious consideration. Thankful Yours,
An ardent admirer

Jackie said...

I have been gone for awhile due to my needing an operation. Jill you will have a special place in my heart, I will miss you.

God bless, you are with the angels now.

Chris said...

Very sad to read this, a lovely and very talented lady.. God Bless.

A Smaller Life said...

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Sending much love to all Jill's family and friends, she will be very missed. xx

Penny said...

So sorry to hear. I loved Jill's blog with her boats and birds.RIP.

Unknown said...

Jill was a great inspiration.
My son lives in Aberdeen & we know Fyvie Castle well.
Hope you will carry on her work with your photos..

Jennie said...

Jill was a great inspiration.
My son lives in Aberdeen & we know Fyvie Castle well.
Hope you will carry on her work with your photos..

Scarlet said...

So sorry to read this.
RIP Jill. You were a remarkable woman.

Wendy SA said...

So sorry- she was a courageous lady.Condolences to the family.

Laurie said...

I’ve come back again, I miss your Jill so much, she really left a mark on me. Her strength and humour, her talent and kind heart, I just wanted to let you know I will never forget her. Please take care, I know you must be shattered. Life goes on and we will always have her in our heart. Best wishes and my sincere condolences from Canada.

Grammy Braxton said...

I am so sorry. I've enjoyed Jill's blog and her photos so much. Her determination was impressive. She will be missed by me.

thelma said...

Such sad news.

SpikesBestMate said...

I am so sorry to hear about Jill. Her blog was a 'late find' for me but I've been so delighted to hear her snippets of news and to see her wonderful photos and paintings. Whenever I see or hear of oystercatchers she will be in my mind. My condolences to her husband and family.

Mary in Colorado said...

I am so terribly sorry to hear of Jill's passing. Although I have never commented I greatly enjoyed her blog,her art work,her visits to the Prom,the boats,the birds and the beautiful views of the sky meeting the ocean. I very much admired her "grit" and determination to have a meaningful existence in the face of such a harrowing illness. I hope you will be comforted in your great loss and that your little grandchildren and children will surround you with their love. Mary in Colorado USA