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Brilliant pics and description and oh boy, wasn't it fun though! Sad it only lasted a day:-( x


What a colour contrast between todays post and yesterdays!! Both beautiful for different reasons. Your flowers are absolutely stunning, I esp love the tulips.
Glad you got to enjoy a Weather Event!


Beautiful Weather Event. I love your garden. Is that the sea out your window in the last pic?

Helen Lambert

I know just what you mean...the other morning I was in awe of what nature had done to my usually boring drive to work...the trees were dusted with a thick frost and to the left and right I was transported to a beautiful magical place, with perfect light showing everything off to its most the sun moved up in the sky...just amazing....thank you for reminding me....


wow, just gorgeous photos, lovely lovely lovely!


What a stunning garden you have, even half glimpsed it reminds me of Hidcote or a mini Villandry. And I like the monochrome contrast to your usual colourful palette.

Alice C

Vanessa I love this post - it completely captures the magic and joy of snow. Thank you for the thrill of pleasure that I got when I read it.

elizabeth of course

What a wonderful aerial view of a sweet garden! And that last shot is gorgeous!

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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