The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Mrs. Trowbridge paid homage to her fore-bearers by writing and illustrating stories of those great Trowbridge shrews from which she descended. Among the greatest was the mighty warrior, Shrew Khan. Shews of the Trowbridge line have been traced to the Mongolian Steppes, the jungles of Polynesia and elsewhere before they found their way to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest region of North America. 

This is one of my favorite of Mrs. T's stories: The Legend of Shrew Khan.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013


Recently, I posted Mrs. Trowbridge's sketch of Shrews, Mice and Moles. Above is the exquisitely soft watercolor that she painted from her sketch. Sometimes I liken Mrs.T to a busy little robot. Though she was constantly occupied with her family and community responsibilities, she always returned to her journal, where she scribed and painted her lovely pictures. She was faithful to her painting throughout her life. Mrs. T lived with her family on Wild Rose Creek, in the rain forest village of Huckleberry Hollow.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Mrs. Trowbridge occasionally wrote journal pages regarding the history behind the Trowbridge shrews that lived in the rain forest. She called these her "primer pages". Wars and protests would drive shrews from distant lands to flee their homes and take to the air in search of a better life across the Great Sea. These ancient shrews were called "Wind Riders". In the above page from her journal, Mrs. T talks about the wind journeys made by her ancestors in their tiny air basket huts.

Have you seen my other blog? It's called Bron Smith's Flights of Fantasy