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So pleased to have you back :) I have missed reading your blog :) It certainly looks like you have had a wonderful holiday :) Thanks for sharing :)I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!


Vanessa I'm sooooooo glad you're back blogging. This post was just what was needed to cheer me up (school silliness...don't ask!). It looks like a fabulous time was had and I'm loving the crochet by the pool pics. Hopefully catch up soon. Any chance of sitting Binky on the 4th July for 1 night only?! That's cheeky I know and I will call you!! Tam xx


I missed you too Vanessa. Golly what a holiday! Fantastic pictures and that red & blue is just amazing. Thank you for sharing xx

Cath W

Wow - sounds like you had a great time. Were you staying in a hotel? We were thinking of doing the stay/sail two week option. Did you know you can get the Limonata from Ocado? It's a family favorite here on hot days!


Fab photos as usual Vanessa, and so good to have you back again. How wonderful to be able to go bra-less... I remember those days, even though they are decades ago. And to me, Hugo looked like one of the men out of a Jack Vettriano painting... maybe it was the hat, or the look of him generally, as if from another era...
Loved all the colours, and the floosy cat was purrfect, and glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to more blogging from you now.


what a really wonderful trip, looks just heavenly xoxox


Your photographs are breath taking, such fantastic colours. Your holiday must have been inspirational and I expect to see aspects of Greece in future projects. My favourite of course is the crochet beside the pool. I'm glad you had such a good time, but even more pleased to have you back.


Oh it all looks wonderful & takes me back to our holiday last year, with blue skies everyday!
Thank you for sharing all those beautiful pictures.


How lovely! I'm off to Skiathos is August - I can't wait. I've not been to Greece for over 20 years, so your photos have really got me in the mood!
I'm in the middle of making a red and turquoise quilt, so your love of that made me smile too!


Beautiful photos, very inspiring!


Welcome back, Vanessa. Looks like you had a fab time, the photos are wonderful.
Hen x

Helen Lambert

Hi welcome back, I missed you, your post made me giggle, I remember Pete saying another clear blue sjy every morning when we were in Greece, I also loved the blue and red combo and came home and painted my bath room window blue with white walls, then later painted my kitchen blue with red shelves and smeg two favourite colors...cant wait to see the blanket finished its going to be and hugs H


Oh my goodness, your photos are wonderful - looks like a glorious holiday! I'm very glad you're back to blogging though!


Oh, my...your photos...I just want to take my time and savor each and every scene. Vanessa, they're beautiful, just beautiful. I really appreciate the time you took to share these. Thanks so much and I am really happy your back safe and sound and happy!


Hi Vanessa, great to have you back, your photos are truely wonderful, it brings back such lovely memories of holidays spent in Greece many years ago. So pleased you too had a fab time and want to return. Can't wait to see the finished blanket. Thank you for taking the time to share.
Denise xx


Hello there, secret lurker here delurking....

We learn to sail in the same place in Porto Heli in 2004, on a villa floatilla. Wow it was hard work. only 2 of us crewing a beneteau 331, which looks like one of the ones moored on the pontoon.

We were there for the most amazing storm that swept across the bay, dragging the yachts from one side to the other. Very scary as the windsurf and dinghy boys had to use the VERY fast rib with the out board motors to save PB. As the yacht he was doing his ICC in was being thrown around like a toy! he came back smiling. Stupid man.

Glad you liked it. we would have loved to have done the Dalmation coast in Croatia, but Neilson have stopped going there.

Would I do it all again? Hell yes!

Glad you had a fab time.


Sounds like a wonderful time - in fact, looking at your photos, I'm quite sold on the idea of a Greek holiday! Have missed your cheery posts each day, so am very glad to have you back!
Thought the pictures of your crochet next to the pool were fantastic - what a perfect blend of coloured loveliness xx


What fantastic photos, I loved all the fabulous colours. It looks like a wonderful place.

kitschen pink

WEll, where to begin indeed! This is a post that is going to get a star in my google reader - it is a pure zingy fantabulous blast of joy on a grey day - I will refer back to it whenever I need a tonic! Your photographs are fantastic as ever and the two of you looking so elegant - you must have cut quite a dash together! Lovely to have you back! t.x


Wow! What fantastic photos!!
It is so good to see the "real sights" of a place when on holidays rather than the tourist sites!

Glad you had a fantastic time :)


Lovely photos of what was obviously a lovely holiday! Isn't Greece amazing!!


Looks like you had a splendid holiday. Your pictures are so colourful and relaxed in feeling.


I am glad that you had a fantastic time in Greece, it looked a beatiful place. Thank you for posting the lovely photo's. Your crochet squares look briliant, I love the colour combinations!
Big Hugs, Bethxx

Bobo Bun

Wow Vanessa - breathtaking photos, I know I'll be going back for another look as they are so uplifting. I adore Greece having done the island hopping thing a few times as a student. You did look a very elegant tourist.

Good to have you back.

Lisa x


Hey Vanessa - Glad that you had great holidays!! Thanks for this post, took me back to Greece and i can even smell the salty air and feel the sun - I love greek salads as well ;-)))


Lovely holiday pics Vanessa, I would love to have seen you lining your crochet next to the pool, bet that generated a little poolside gossip. And the red toes kept in with the turquoise scarlet theme x


Looks and sounds like you loved Greece.
Good to have you back, looking forward to the swap. xxxx

Marie Allen

Hi Vanessa and welcome back!
I really missed your blogging while you were gone. You deserved this great vacation but like the other readers I had a some signs of withdrawal pains while you were gone ;*)
Thanks for the gorgeous photos!


What a wonderful looking holiday :D And I have to agree with you on the gorgeous colours - it makes the sunnyness seem even more so :)


Shelley in SC

Wow!! Thanks for taking us with you to Greece and back!! This looks simply wonderful. It was great to see your crochet popping up here and there : )!!


Glad you had a fab holiday - lovely pics! I visited Spetses many years ago, lovely island!
Welcome back xx


Having never been to Greece - your post has truly inspired me to want to go! Fab photo's!


OOOHHHH...Vanessa! Great pics of your vacation! Very beautiful! thanks for posting them.


Glad you both had a lovely time. The photos are gorgeous, amazing colours and I love the pretty curtains. I expect Ellie and Douglas were very glad to see you. Hope you have returned to sunshine up there in the far north of England! Karenx

Kate MacDonald

Oh it does look like a lovely time was had. Beautiful photos.

The Curious Cat

wow some seriously lush photography going on here!!! xxx


What a gorgeous post. I felt like I was there. Thanks for sharing your holiday. What a lovely time you had.


Fantastic photos! I love them all!!! Far too much to comment on in this post so I will just say blue pots and red geraniums - such a wonderful combination! x

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Great guide, and your blog is very good too.

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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.

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  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

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