Nature Seekers #1

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Saturday, 30 August 2014


Hello there. Thank you all so very much for your wonderful comments about my photography portfolio. I've been very touched by your kindness and support. I'll be updating it when I can.

This post is the first  in a series I'm contributing to over on Annie's wonderful blog Manneskjur. Nature Seekers is all about inspiring us adults to get outdoors and look at nature. Now that my son is heading off to High School I know that I'll have a lot more time to just be 'me'. And one of the privileges of having this time to myself is taking pictures and observing the world around me.

Today I wandered up to the Market Garden and took some shots amongst the purple sprouting broccoli that had gone to seed. The beauty of the yellow flowers was breathtaking and it was alive with our honeybees and other pollinators. The audible buzz provided a calming atmosphere, the sun was shining and I pretty much lost myself for an hour taking pictures, enjoying the worker bees doing their job.To me, there is nothing more relaxing than spending time alone in nature.

If you want to join in with Annie's project or read more behind 'Nature Seekers', then please do head over to her blog here. x




Photography Portfolio

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Saturday, 23 August 2014



Well hello there! How are you all? I'm good and looking forward to the bank holiday. Although it's not supposed to be very nice, so it will be more about eating some nice food, watching some movies and more than likely a glass of wine or two.

I haven't been around here much and for that I'm sorry. But it's pretty much down to me doing some work on my photography portfolio! I'd love for you all to take a peek and let me know what you think. I have fallen in love with taking pictures and that's something that has come from writing this blog. It's taken me to places I'd never have dreamed of and I've discovered a passion that makes me unbelievably happy.

Anyhoo, you can check it out here. I do hope you like what I've done. x

From The Garden - Courgettes

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Monday, 18 August 2014



Well hello. It's been a while since I did a 'From The Garden' post and I thought it was high time I did a new one! Today Harry and I did a walk around the Market Garden and took some shots as we are harvesting so many good things. It's such a fantastic time of year to eat fresh British vegetables and fruits.

Courgettes are one of those vegetables that are plentiful at the moment. If you've grown your own you probably have them coming out of your ears, they are ridiculously productive. If you buy them from your greengrocer or supermarket then you more than likely only see the long green ones, but there are many different varieties and shapes and sizes out there. At the garden we grow five different types - long green, long yellow, long grey, round green and round yellow. Personally I can't say any of them taste different, to me it's purely a change of colour on your plate. I usually opt for the yellow round ones, they are just so pretty looking.

At home we cook with them regularly, frittata, chillies, pasta dishes and they make a fantastic cake too. We've made this Nigel Slater one many times although we put hazlenuts in rather than pecans. It always goes down a treat and people are genuinely surprised when they hear it's got courgette in it.

Tomatoes always seem to go down a treat with courgettes, and they are both fantastic flavoured with basil and thyme.  But I wanted to try something new with them, and I thought they might work well in a soup, especially as the last few weeks have taken on more of a chilly feel, almost autumnal. So how about a fresh tomato and courgette soup? With a little ground cumin to warm your throat.

Courgette and Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

1 tbsp butter
1 large onion, chopped
1kg courgettes, chopped
1kg sliced tomatoes
2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 litres vegetable stock


Method:

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion and courgettes, and cook for 5 mins on a medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes and flour. Cook for a couple of mins, stirring around to stop the flour from becoming lumpy. 

^ Add the ground cumin and the vegetable stock, cover and simmer for 30 mins.

^ Puree in a blender and serve. 

I like to take it in my flask for work and have it at lunchtime. x

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