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Gerry Hook

Vanessa, thanks to you and Hugo for allowing us to tag along on this wonderful garden visit. Great day for a straw hat and hand fan.
However, while sampling the fragrance of each and every blossom, we had in the back of our minds - yes, it's true - we were lusting after that wonderful yarn.


Hmm lovely. Oh for a glasshouse like that. Only one cake? Positively abstemious!
Hen x


oh what a lovely garden visit, such a pretty cup indeed xxxx

A Thrifty Mrs

Oh what a wonderful place to visit.


I like the floral tea cup - perfect for tea in a garden! Just curious - what constitutes boiling hot in England?


Thank you for posting those lovely pictures and taking us on a tour of your garden visit! I love the pictures of the flowers, I don't have a garden, so I love to look at as many pictures of flowers & gardens as I can!
Big Hugs, Bethxx

kitschen pink

You are absolutely right. A garden opening stands or falls on the quality of the tea and cakes! Most certainly! Love that Hugo whisked you away! You really are the most romantic couple! t.x

Mary Poppins

Ohooo how lovely, what lovely photographs :)

We have our open garden tours coming up soon in our little village and I can't wait to go, my little treat. Get to see some yummy homes too ;)



so pretty!!!!! I would have had to swap for that tea cup too!! and if Im honest I would probably had to have first pick of the cakes too he he!!

I've joined the crochet swap too, off to work on it later, exciting!!!

Felicity xx (joshy and belle)


Lovely photos as usual... did you see the comment I left about the rosy murex shells that I thought you would love?


Arse. I posted a comment and forgot to do the word verification thing before closing the window....

However, the garden is still as lovely as I thought about five minutes ago! Also, as to swapping cups to get the nice one, it seems to me like a sensible thing to do. I'm sure the lovely would do the same (if only because he'd lose all brownie points if he didn't behave as I wanted!)


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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