M is for… Mustard and for Mysterious Macro function that is almost as random in its results as my bread slashing!
We have been growing this brilliant variety of Mustard in our little raised bed this year. I love it. It grows fast and well, the slugs and pigeons leave it alone, and it is just mustardy enough not to bring tears to my eyes like some of these alternative salad leaves do.
Once it flowers it forms little seed pods which I mean to collect and try and use in something but they are much hotter than the leaves. I really recommend this leaf as it is delicious and piquant in salads and is a real looker too.
Onto the Mysterious Macro function. This new little Lumix TZ 18 is far more complicated than the old one and I keep messing up the settings and then every so often quite by accident I take a shot like this of the fennel flowers.
Pressing buttons and reading mysterious menu messages. My eyes glaze over at talk of shutter speeds and apertures and white balances and focal fields. It’s one of those subjects that I almost ‘get’ and then lose again. Over and over. I want someone who understands the way I learn things to teach me how to do it.
Any one want to swap skills out there? Is there anything you have tried to learn and just can’t get the hang of?
It’s not bad outdoors too for such a small camera…
From the same point I managed to zoom in like this!
This is a shot of the Dower House, Stoke Park built in 1553, it is one of Bristol’s landmark buildings, you see it on your right as you drive into the City on the M32. It has been turned into private accommodation now, but has a long history as a mental hospital. I went there as a student and performed puppet shows for the patients and it was a sad old place then. I can’t look at it now without remembering those days.
Do have a look at Chiot’s Run’s (the host of the Alphabet in August) lovely post on Potagers if you have a moment today.