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oooh those colours are fantastic, we're going to Scotland in 2 weeks, and all of a sudden I'm quite excited about it!


Looking forward to those reno pix--what voyeurs we blogreaders be! And looking forward to seeing the (by then) less purple hills in October...


I bet the heather was beautiful i can just imagine it, at least you have the photos to get us interested in maybe heading to Scotland at some stage, what a wonderful sight to see. Looking forward to the photos of the basement - talk about keeping us in suspense.


Someone's been using that magical paint brush on the Yorkshire moorland too.


we went walking in the north yorkshire moors near the cottage Vanessa, last weekend and I took photos very like these ones - isn't heather just WONDAIR? The beautiful purple tinged hills with the greener down dale areas, it was just sigh makingly pretty. I also fell over, bum down in loads of mud but that's another story :-)

Love S xxx

belvedere beads

astonishing! your photos gave me goosebumps - what a sight.


nice to talk to you today - thank you for my card and heart (which is hung up on a door knob). Your basement looks fantastic. Nice to see we've still got the same sofas! Noah didn't break anything falling down the stairs, and Tim did some planting in the front garden.
He'll send photos when we get your e-mail address...
love Jane

Liz Guest

Hi there - I love your photo of the purple Heather - and was wondering if you would mind if I used it on my Church website - we are using different colours inspired by nature in the design and the colours on this are just beautiful. If you like I can email you how it would look.
Take care and thanks alot, Liz Guest

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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