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I do love your doggies! And how I wish I could see the sea more often - so thank you for giving me a fix.
T x


Lovely photos of the beach. We went to Northumberland for our hols last year, staying in a cottage near Bamburgh. Its an area I had always wanted to go to because of the beaches, and I was not disappointed. I was captivated, they are beautiful, huge expanses of sand, views for miles, big skies, and hardly any people - wonderful. Thank you.


Your beaches are beautiful! What fun to be able to take the dogs there for a daily romp. I hope they are kind and leave the sand at the beach, though. :o)

Helen Lambert

......beautiful pictures...but one thing missing...the candid shot of the streaker!!!! I saw one of your books in the window of a book shop in york on saturday...Polly and I were so excited....have a happy week...H


Lovely pictures. I love the ocean in the spring- when there's no one swimming yet. We drive along the shore going to work in the morning, and it's always very - head clearing to see. A great preparation for the day. I also like your new bangs! I was thinking about doing something similar- but didn't have the guts to go at it myself. Maybe next weekend.


Gorgeous photos! We are so lucky to live near the sea aren't we? It means we can pop to the beach at quiet moments and have it to ourselves.

Your dogs are sooooo cute!


lovely pictures. Have seen a few beach pictures in blogland recently and am itching to get to the beach myself now. Will keep my fingers crossed for decent weather this weekend.

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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