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Liz W in Missouri, USA

I love the wildness of this landscape. I've spent most of my adult life in the Western United States in the Rocky Mountains, and it's this particular wild, empty feel that I miss the most. But the sheep - now aren't they fun? I wonder if they are as soft as they look. Wouldn't you just love to sink your hands into all that fluff? I notice that Douglas isn't in the backpack - so he must have had a wonderful time with Miss Ellie out in the sunshine. Good Times!!!


What a beautiful landscape - wild and free. Love those sheep with the horns and black faces. I remember going on holiday to the Peak District and trying to take a photo of sheep with horns - they all kept running away - which led to the accusation that I must have tortured sheep in a former life!!
Love the photos of the dachshunds!

Alice and Raymond!!!

Hello Vanessa! WHat a gorgeous post, I loved seeing the pictures of your local landscape! And good for you, taking the knitting! I was going to take mine up the Tongariro crossing but my bag was so heavy with water I just couldn't do it!!!
I took Karen for a walk through your blog last night to show her all of your papier mache, right from your very first one and she loved them all and we marvelled at how clever you are and how you are able to capture personality so well!
Wishing you a lovely week, I'm craving pancakes now but might have to go and have jam on toast, next best thing!
Love Alice XXX

Alice and Raymond!!!

oh, and do you think your arrow stone is an artefact?

Teresa Kasner

Dear Vanessa, that's quite a walk! Love the landscape and wonder if it greens up. The doggies are adorable. I am wondering why don't you surprise your dear Hugo with a lovely new frying pan? :-)

Hugs from Oregon.. Teresa


Gorgeous photos Vanessa. I get a real sense of the vastness of the landscape x


Ohhh, I've loved catching up with you. What gloriously fun, interesting, magical photos and posts. I just adore your figures. I enjoyed reading how you enter your own world when you work. How fantastic is that! I think the pictures of Pig are just delightful. I can imagine children laughing at that last picture.
Talking of pictures, what a delightful first photo, is that Ellie?
And I love that you take your knitting on your walks.

Richard Rose

We cheated, we bought our pancakes ready made. :)

Beautiful photos, btw.


well! that blew out the cobwebs! xoxo!


Classic doggie photo at the top!
Those are indeed absurdly clean and fluffy sheep.Possibly the wind has blown all the mud clear off them.
Pancakes tonight as Tuesday night is football night.
Can't wait.


Ellie and Douglas are just too gorgeous for words. x

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

What beautiful scenery and so alone you both are :-) That must be hard to find in such a populated country. I loved the fluffy sheep, definitely a powder puff and your knitting looks gorgeous in that setting. We haven't seen any of that for a while and it looks like its coming along nicely :-) Your puppies are adorable and your shoes....I envy, I love good solid walking shoes!

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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