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I have never visited this part of the country, isn't that sad? Your wonderful posts are definitely putting it on my list of to dos!
There is an award for you on my blog, I hope you don't mind
Louise x


Wow! what lovely photographs, I must visit sometime.


I just had a look at the cottage link and ohhh, could I ever do with a break somewhere like that! It looks so cosy and perfect. Looking forward to your at home posts too Vanessa and thaks for the sewing up tips xx

lucy @ Attic24

no no no no no!!!!!! NOT west yorkshire next time!! Stay in North Yorkshire but move across a little and come my way to the Dales, you'd love it. SO beautiful. and lots of lovely villages, tearooms, scenery, lovely market towns with fantastic cafes....speaking of hols, we are umming and ahhing about visiting Craster again this summer or whether to try somewhere different...I'll keep you posted!


ooh those buttons! what lovely nostalgia xx

Helen Lambert

yes yes yes to west yorkshire home of mills, hills ..and Helen!!!!! although the dales are wonderful especially the meadows of Muker .....we are more than happy to suggest nice places to go.... its been lovely looking at my favourite places through your eyes....have a lovely H

sally anne

That was so much fun visiting the little museum with you..thank you for that nostalgic glimpse into the "good old days".

Vintage Town

How lovely to see the museum, what a star you are for sharing it with us! In my dreams, this is how my collection would look...btw, my paper tea cup you mentioned is in my Folksy shop at the mo, at
Your blog's just beautiful!


im new to your blog!
those vintage pretties are gorgeous if i lived anywhere near there i would definitly go!


That was a delighful little tour and I loved the commentary ~ made me smile lots and lots :o)
My besdide reading last night was 'The Magic Donkey Ride'! I am trying to pretend I bought it for when my baby granson gets bigger, but everyone knows I love childrens books ~ I also love your artwork. Am very much enjoying your happy spring mug painting which sits all brightening up my dresser.
Thankyou :o)

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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