I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos from Nathan and Ruth’s engagement session at the Winterbourne Botanical Gardens at Birmingham University. Not only is it a beautiful backdrop but they both work at the uni too so being the hopeless romantic that I am, I absolutely loved that they chose to have their photos taken there. I really love doing an engagement session, it gives me the opportunity to get to know a couple better and most of us aren’t huge fans of having photos taken so it’s nice to warm up to the idea of having me and my big ol’ lens in your face for a day and get some photos taken in regular non-wedding clothes. I had such a great afternoon with these guys and I’m really excited for their wedding in August.

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Photographing kids is one of my favourite things. I’m sure that I must be crazy but I actually enjoy the chaos (when it’s other people’s offspring, anyway!) I love that kids are truly themselves in front of the camera and I love capturing special moments for parents. Each session is so different, you never know what’s going to happen. I try and have an idea in mind but with kids involved, it rarely goes to plan! We all love the “perfect” smiling happy photo of the kids but really, life with kids is not like that, although I seem to have picked some rather smiley and angelic ones for my six photos this month. And I had to include one of my son being daft because that’s just how he is!

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This month, I’m sending you over to Pamela Lewis Photography to see her six photos for June.

  • Donna - I adore your photos Hayley. Just beautiful! xReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Kloepping - Wow!:) The eyes on the next to last one there – so beautiful. And the hair on the first! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Phillips - Awww love the birthday hat pictures, sooooo ridiculously cute.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie firstooth - I’m so enjoying your blog lately. I’ve always enjoyed photography but I’m trying to take it to another level now and since popping over to you I’m just in awe of your skills and love all the little tips you give. You take such beautiful pictures and like you, photographing kids is my favourite too. It’s keeping them still that I don’t enjoy! xReplyCancel

fennel & carrot salad-001I haven’t done a food post in ages but I was so pleased with how tonight’s dinner turned out that I had to share! Thanks to our chickens we now have plenty of eggs and so I’ve been on the lookout for ways to use them up that don’t involve just making cakes, as tempting as that is. During one of my regular Pinterest scrolls I saw a pin for a roasted veg hash topped with a poached egg and thought I’d conjure something up. Voila! Roasted fennel and carrot salad with Serrano ham and egg. I was worried that the fennel would be a little over-powering but it actually gave a really nice flavour to the salad, especially combined with the carrots and the saltiness of the ham. We are trying to eat more grains and pulses so I added some lentils and black quinoa (I was lazy and got the ready to eat stuff).

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1 pack or 10-12 Baby carrots

1 fennel bulb

Handful of mint

2 large handfuls rocket


5 slices serrano ham


2 tablespoons lentil and quinoa mix (optional but tasty!)

Olive oil

Salt & pepper



I left the carrots as they were and sliced the fennel in strips about 1cm wide after discarding the stalks. I drizzled some olive oil and added some salt and pepper and covered the dish with foil before cooking it at 180C for 20 minutes. After turning the vegetables, I added the mint and cooked it uncovered for another 10 minutes. I mixed in the lentils and popped it back in the oven for a couple of minutes just to warm the lentils.

I only learnt how to poach an egg last year at the grand old age of 32! I bring the water to the boil, then set it to simmer before stirring it to create a kind of whirlpool. Then I tip the egg in (much easier to pop it in a small cup first) and cook for exactly 3 minutes. I pop them on a piece of kitchen roll when I take them out to get rid of some of the water.

I mixed the veg and rocket together and then added the ham and crumbled on the feta. I didn’t include a quantity for the feta because to be honest I just did it until I thought “That looks about right!”. Popped the eggs on top and added pepper to taste.

It was probably one of the nicest dinners I’ve had recently, even if I do say so myself! I’d love to know if you decide to give it a go.

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  • Searching for Spice - This looks absolutely gorgeous! So healthy and perfect for summer.ReplyCancel

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  • Maria Belfort Henriques - This looks amazing! And lucky me I have all the ingredients in the fridge 😀ReplyCancel

  • Maria Belfort (@onetinyleap) - This looks amazing! And lucky me I have all the ingredients in the fridge 😀ReplyCancel