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there's just something special about the wrinkly tablecloths, perfect for the tea tent at the local show!
hope you haven't had too much rain up there, saw the floods in Northumbria and thought of you, but I'm guessing you are a bit further north. x

Sarah S.

Everything looks so yummy too! I could just sit there all day sipping tea and nibbling little cakes! Lovely :0)


We travelled down to Woodborough in Notts on Saturday and went to their village show - makes Etal look quite cosmopolitan. Don't they have just unbeleivable charm? I love the way everyone gives their all at these events; makes for a great atmosphere.

Hope you missed out on the flooding; pleased to say we did.

P x


Ohhh Just perfect,(((( )))) clap clap
for the "Shows Cake&Flowers" well done the Ladies ,lovely images Vanessa ,the cakes are jumping out of your blog {:>)))


Oooh, you can't beat a good tea tent. (Or cake stall).


It all looks so lovely.I recently went along to the same thing in the little village of Matfield in Kent. It was wonderful and the ladies from the W.I provided the marvellous afternoon tea.


Jam jars filled with flowers. Perfect. Almost makes up for the lack of summer!

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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