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Vanessa what a beautiful garden!
I'm rather envious that you had a wet weekend as we've had no appreciable rain for nearly 2 months and my garden is parched


Gorgeous pictures! Looks like a lovely day out! We had a wet weekend too but, like you, it didn't stop us! Cx

amanda makes

I do love your doggies Vanessa! You're making me feel very broody. Lots of love, Amanda xxx


Oh Vanessa,
What a beautiful garden. The afternoon tea looked yummy too.
We are doggy sitting in August. My daughter`s boyfriend`s Jack Russell called "Snoop". He, too, is a ruuning machine!
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxx


Oh! That garden is glorious. Love the irises.


What a gorgeous gorgeous garden! Is it early for irises or is that normal? Don't know why, I think of them as later summer flowers.

Really enjoyed your coffee with canines interview. I've just come back from somewhere where there were doggies PARTOUT as well as their poo. So much so, that it was somewhat traumatizing. Accordingly, I had to have a huge laugh at Ellie's "moment" in the bank. Because poo at several removes is very much more manageable and quite a relief.

I am missing your papier mache figures and your wedding post was lovely. Also thrilled to see the picture of your painting of your parents - I was so relieved to see that I'd chosen a very similar frame for the painting that you sent me. (Now I really HAVE to send you a picture!)

Have a lovely week! Sorry about the rain. It's been chilly and rainy in L.A. too.

Alice and Raymond!!!

What a lovely garden this one is! I liked the purple flowers, and how cute is cuddy, sooooo determined to get that slice, he is funny!
We had a terrible weekend in terms of weather, quite frightening storms, but by lunchtime sunday is was lovely! Crazy shift
Have a lovely week!

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

I think that running machine would like some of that cake to fuel his exercise :-)

Beautiful photo's of the garden! Loved those hedges, and what are those pretty flowers on top of the wall??


Lovely photos, lovely garden. And - we have two pairs of pidgeons watching us have breakfast every morning. x


What a stunningly beautiful garden! Love the doggy photos as usual! Have a good week!


Stunning photos as always! Beautiful alliums, my fave flower this time of year. LOVE the fish dish too!
Sally x


Oh you are so fortunate to have seen and experienced such beautiful gardens, just stunning. You have captured it so well in your lovely photographs. The alliums make me all fuzzy and happy when I see them... have a great week with the extra addition to your family x


Thank you so much for sharing those pictures! They are just the thing to brighten up a cold, drizzly afternoon.


I loved seeing this gorgeous garden - very interesting and inspiring. I also loved seeing the little doggie pix too, especially Douglas asleep in the stripy bag...soooo cute! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Helen x

Grette Spadoni

Who's the other dog on your first photo? He looks quite about to pounce for that cake! Anyway, the archway is simply breathtaking! It must have smelled fantastic with those flowers all around you!

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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