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Beautiful photo's, very atmospheric


When you have lots going and life feels really hectic a walk through beautiful countryside is just what you need. The photographs are just gorgeous - so tranquil and beautiful.


So pleased nature could give back that sense of peace and calm amongst the business of your life. Sounds like you are having a really positive productive time, take care xox Really looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations.


Serene, that's the word! Lovely calm pics, looks like you have a lot on, hope you can transport yourself back when needed for a few minutes break!


What a lovely walk ... just the ticket if you need time away from a hectic schedule. Those photos are so evocative and atmospheric :)


So beautiful! There's nothing like nature to bring a sense of calm back to your life. :)


Lovely pictures! Quite a serene scene, indeed! There's an area that I drive through every morning, that is often fogged in. With all the big pine trees, aspens and sunrise, I always have the urge to pull over and take some pictures. But, alas, I'm always on my way to work. One of these weekends, I'll head out there and snap some photos. It has the same serene sense.

Crafted by Carly

Beautiful!!! I love it when there's nobody else around and you can just enjoy the peace and quiet in the company of the people (and pets) you're with!
The photos reminded me of autumny walks when I was a little girl - I always used to take a 'nature bag' with me and see what I could find. Maybe I'll bring back the nature bag??? Thanks for the inspiration!


Hi Vanessa,
these pics are wonderful, makes me yearn to go to a river right now.
Your creations look fantastic as cards! I look forward to seing your new ones!
Jess xx

Planet Penny

Beautiful, pictures. Still green, but very autumnal. Looking forward to seeing the cards, maybe this time I will get to buy some before they all sell out!
Love Penny x


I know what you mean - that fine line between calm and quiet and scarily alone, I get that too when out walking. But it can be very cathartic giving time to sort things out in my head x

Jo Norman

Beautiful pictures keep us amused whilst you collect your thoughts and photographs .... no rush ...


sounds like things are hectic with you - same here - good, but does mean I've little time for blogging these days, or reading others but wanted to stop by and say hi. Loved these photos, they really did have a tranquil and calming atmosphere to them. I often find, if things have been really manic that the best thing we can do is pack up a picnic and head up onto the moors for the day, acts like a complete tonic! Look forward to seeing the cards, xx

Archie the wonder dog

Gorgeous photos - thanks for sharing!

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Nature is so calming isn't she :-)

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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