Photography Portfolio


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


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


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


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

This Week


Monday, 11 August 2014

Hi there. It's been a quieter week in the Birdie household, but a nice one. I'm loving these long, unplanned summer days. We like to just go with the flow and see what the weatherman brings us. And recently it's not been great, with many a shower and some windy conditions hitting our shores. But we've still been out and about, with visits to our local nature reserve, swimming at our Victorian baths and lunches in our favourite new cafe.

I've also spent a little time pottering in our home and garden. Sometimes it's good to have a shift around of art and plants. From the bedroom I brought down my Beci Orpin wall hanging and popped it on the wall above our sideboard, I love how the colours work well with all my plants. And I'm really astonished how I've managed to keep all my houseplants alive, usually it's a plant graveyard. I did find a fantastic tip for using cold ground coffee on my jade plant and it does seem to be working wonders! In my Decorators Notebook frame I've filled it with a pressed fern and a fuchsia from the garden. They seem to work well against the blue wall.

Our garden table fell apart on me a few months ago and I was going to get rid of it and buy a new metal set. But after being inspired by a courtyard garden in Norfolk I decided to try and repair it and give it a lick of grey paint. We had some leftover Farrow and Ball Downpipe eggshell from when we painted the front door, so I used that for the table and chairs. And what a transformation. I love being back outside in the garden with a coffee and a good book to read.

Finally, thank you so much for all your fantastic comments about my #sideview project. I'm trying to be braver and I posted a 'selfie' of Harry and I at the Nature Reserve. Yes, I have lines under my eyes but I'm learning to love them. I prefer my #sideview of my blue shirt though.

Have a good week all. x

This week I have been:

Reading: The Accidental by Ali Smith. A beautiful, yet haunting novel set in Norfolk.
Coveting: a bolga basket from Housekeeping Store, although sadly they are all sold out.
Eating: this pizza by Anna Jones and taken from her new book, A Modern Way To Eat, which is an outstanding vegetarian cookbook.
Watching: The Honourable Woman. This is the best television show I've seen all year. Maggie Gyllenhaal is incredible and the plot takes so many twists and turns. I'll be gutted when it's over. If you've missed it then all the previous episodes are available on the BBC I-Player.

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