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I love comforting winter and Christmas food, too - perhaps a bit too much! And that shop window looks very inviting. Sounds like you're well on the way to being ready to enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Seasons greetings to you and yours.


Happy Christmas! :-)
A friend has some woodland with lots of holly but I really had to hunt for some sprigs with berries this year.


Mmmmmmmmmmmm la la la la


I love the photo of the lovely soup're right, that's the spirit of the season realized in a wonderful way. Merry Christmas!


what a lovely christmas fair, and the soup men have the real spirit of christmas.

Alice C

Hi Vanessa, Wishing you a Christmas that is as happy and merry as possible! Looking forward to reading your blog in 2008. It is always a pleasure to find your wonderful posts full of invention, colour and fun.


I must send you a picture of the wreath on the cottage door at Christmas. I hung mistletoe from it and adorned it with a little draping of red beads, it looked fab!

We had a continental market in Newcastle in December - probably the same people! I enjoyed drinking the hot spicy wine and eating huge frankfurters with lots of mustard.

One of the most beautiful sights was piles and piles of tangerines still with stalks and leaves attached. they were ridiculously expensive though! I bought some venison salami, some duck pate in a tine and also treated myself to a small box of marron glace.

ah it soon?!

Love it!

S x


PS if you like prunes, you really ought to have a holiday on Skopelos (Greek Island) as theirs are the best ever. official.

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon