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I am so with you on the boot sale matter, can't let anything or anybody distract you until you have all your bargains in your bag.

Those roses, those huge, enormous pink blooms, wow, they are just gorgeous.


Absolutely ..... nothing more frustrating when some serious rummaging has to be done .... fingers crossed for better weather this weekend as I feel quite cheated about not getting to any last weekend!


Know exactly what you mean about the "not stopping to chat". Dearest husband often abandons me to shoot off on his own whilst I waddle frustratedly behind, hoping I'm missing nothing.
Our biggest dilemma though - do we start at the beginning? Or do we head to the far end and work backwards. Nothing more frustrating than being a few seconds late for the bargain and wishing you had worked the opposite way round.
Beautiful pictures as ever, thank you.


I alwayus think serious booters hunt alone! No time to waste with idle chit chat when your eyes are darting feverishly from one side to the other as you walk between the aisles. And the irritation when somebody in front buys just what you would have bought had you been there 30 seconds earlier can be enough to put you off your stride. But only momentarily!

Mummy Boo Bear

Love love love the beautiful pink roses the different shades are magnificant. I can almost smell them!



Oh those roses and peonies. I could just bury my face in their pink loveliness. I actually have one pink sweetpea just about to flower! I was very late planting them this year(as usual). I used to go to country auctions with my Father when I was young and he could smell a bargain from the doorway. Its probably best to go to car boots out of your area so no-one knows you. Karenx


I love a bargain too but don't think I've ever been to a car boot far.
The flowers look stunning, what gorgeaous photos.

kitschen pink

I think they'll find the bargain hunting gene eventually in the human genome project - in the meantime I know I've got it! Thank-you for sharing your lovely flowers! t.x

jacoline (lien)

I'm feeling a bit blue today.Your flowers make me happy. Peonies are my favoriet, great big and sweet as well. A house with flowres is a HOME. Have a great day XX


Hello and what a beautiful blog!
I don't know if I'm fevered...but my daughter has described me as a real life 'eagle eye action man', apparently on entering any bargainy arena my eyes flick from side to side in a rather disturbing manner!


Yes, I am definitely one of those bargain hunters too and fortunately so is my best friend whi frequently finds lovely things for me. Have a good day Vanessa xx


Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures of the flowers, I have tried to bring flowers into my house but I always end up moving them to a room I am hardly ever in, because I always end up with streamimg eyes and sneezing constantly,with your pictures, I can sit and look at them, without the hayfever!
Big Hugs, Bethxx


Oh, what divine flowers. You cracked me up with your description of the car boot sale. I am pretty much like this with all shopping! When I go to a car boot, I have anxiety attacks about which end to start at. We usually start as far away from the entrance as possible but as I walk past the other stalls, I am scanning round madly in case I spot something worth stopping for!
Have a lovely holiday, wherever you are off to, lucky thing. Oh, as to the crochet, yes, I fancied making a cushion like the one in Vintage Crochet except there's no pattern for it in the book - annoying! I am considering going into Loop to ask them how to do it!
Hen x

Kate MacDonald

Yes absolutley understand that! The feeling that you are looking over the others shoulder to see what yone is missing and the same happening to you! I wish we had a few more boots around by us. But yes on the occasions when I do get to a fair/charity shop/boot etc. my eyes are everywhere yet pretending to be know where.
I absolutely love your flower arrangement, both of them.

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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