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Ohhhh you lucky lucky things! I am so jealous. That looks amazing.

Lucy @ attic24

Oh yes, how lovely for you to grab the moment, it looks beautiful. Tell me, where is that beach exactly, I LOVE that little lighthouse! and I know what you mean about your part of the country being sooooo quiet, we always find this when we visit even in AUGUST (can't wait for this years hols). Its such a blissful county, love love it.

Your green bbq looks lovely too, I have my eye on just such a bucket bbq from morrisons :: when it stops raining I might go and buy one in the hope of some sunshine. I can hope eh....


looks idyllic, being near the beach is one of my dreams, which J keeps reminding me of everytime I dig my heels in about selling the house........


Just perfect ...
I so like the image as
you look through the glass
of ginger beer...
A lovely memory day {:>)


ooh the beach looks lovely! So do the pitta's. Hugo must smile lots next time so we know for real that they are!


What a lovely evening, lucky you!
I keep meaning to buy a wind-break, they make all the difference don't they?

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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