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jane smallcombe

Hi Vanessa, I'm so pleased you are feeling better. I love the photograph of the 'flying saucer' sweets! Reminds me of my childhood!!!!!!, Hugs, Jane x


Local summer shows are such fun aren't they. We have a small scale one in our village with some rather odd craft items and some lovely ones too, plus delicious home baked teas included in the entrance fee. I just got this years schedule and will definitely be entering a few things through a friend as we shall probably be on holiday. I like these traditions, I hope they go on forever.


What a fabulous fair. It looks like a knitting extravaganza with sweeties and a milk bottle pig thrown in for good measure. Love it Vanessa.
Glad you are feeling a bit more chipper!

Kate Bruning

What a treat to see an english fair and so different from a New Zealand one where you have to guess on a grid pattern where a cow will go to the toilet and enter gumboot hurling competitions... which is actually really fun. However, the aesthetics are just not the same.


What fun to visit a fair! We used to go to the county fair when we lived in North Carolina.

You should think about entering your Sisterhood Crochet Blanket in a fair when you finish it.


Aren't these affairs sooooooooooo very British? Love them. We have one in our local church hall just before Harvest Festival and its a hoot, but equally, I wouldn't miss it for anything. x

Bobo Bun

Fantastic - eccentric fairs are what it's all about. Love the thought of the dodgy majorettes dropping their batons. Better than scarily polished. All family Bun would see this as a top day out Vanessa. Thanks for sharing.

Hope all the nasty paperwork is done and can be ignored for ages again.

Lisa x


Your post did make me laugh - I could just imagine all those batons all over the place. Those sweets are my boys favourites and luckily(!)an old-fashioned sweet shop has opened up in our town that sells them in cones. Glad you are feeling better. Karenx

Moe (Seaweed, Roses & Wool) x

Hi Vanessa,
Glad you are feeling better, Oh i would Love to go to a good old country fair! I so love the knitted goodies, espically the knitted village and the adorable sheep tea cosy! So Cute! (& no wonder you don't want to do accounts!!) I also love the flying saucer sweeties! Looks like you had a lovely time!
Moe xx


Glad you're feeling better today Vanessa. Haven't been to a sumemr show like this for years x

Helen Charlton

Looks wonderful Vanessa, I love all the entries, soooh cute. Why don't men enjoy such things? x


Were those real flying saucers in those bags? Heavens, that takes me back to childhood... letting the rice paper dissolve in your mouth and then it exploded with all the fizzy powder. Terribly bad for you of course, but into each life a little badness should fall, now and then. The knitted scene was so sweet, and it must have taken hours of work.
Lovely photos as usual Vanessa.

melanie galloway

Oh Vanessa, what an absolutely charming post! I love it, the knitted farm scene is amazing! Looks like you had a wonderful day, I adore fetes. Thank you for sharing your day with us, I really enjoyed it. xxxx

The Curious Cat

I want to go!!!

The Curious Cat

PS Glad to hear you are feeling better too! xxx


sounds absolutely hilarious! i feel quite sad we're missing our village fun day this year, but have a trip away planned that can't be altered - just think what we might be missing out on though!

felicity cockcroft

lovely bright photos, so cheery! we just missed the village fete in cornwall i was gutted! I love the crochet tea pot holder, and the cushion.

oh and love love love the blanket from yesterdays post, its so pretty!
felicity xx


I really enjoyed my visit here this morning, Vanessa. Looking at your pretty photos was almost like being at the fair with you.

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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