Another view of the garden

I have got a lovely apple cake recipe to post but in the meantime here are some eccentric crumb shots. Brian went and got me another camera the other day, second hand, he loves second hand camera shops, so I am dutifully playing with it…

Tomatoes ripening on the windowsill, a forlorn red pepper plant, a vegetable bed coming to the end of the season, except it has suddenly got ridiculously warm here today.

And some delicious sourdough, but I am getting repetitive… see you later in the week!

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30 thoughts on “Another view of the garden

  1. Jeannette

    I like your pictures, Joanna, and I think your bread is gorgeous, as usual! What is the camera, you seem to be able to find your way around it fairly well. I am just a ‘point and shoot’ type myself but I always admire pictures taken by others more experienced than me.

    1. Joanna Post author

      These are taken with two different cameras, one is a newish Lumix TZ18 and the other is the Vario which has an interchangeable lens thingy on the front. But I am very point and shoot, resistant to reading manuals and words like aperture priority. My brain doesn’t want to absorb the concepts and Brian despairs of me for the most part when it comes to photography. I am particularly bad at photographing supper meals, so I rarely blog about them ;)

  2. sallybr

    Oh, my gosh, LOVED the “crumb shot” – so creative!

    One day, in another life, I will be a good… no, wait – a GREAT photographer! For the time being, I just enjoy the skill of bloggers like you…

    1. Joanna Post author

      You’re too sweet – I was just mucking about, and I have no skill with a camera to speak of and even less patience editing them. And now I have two cameras to get confused by…. xx

  3. emilydev9

    Lovely loaves, and I’m looking forward to the apple cake post – I have to make one tomorrow for Rosh Hashanah! No pressure though… :)

  4. ceciliag

    Evening joanna, just dropped in to tell you that i have tagged you for a versatility award. I love your work and so want lots of others to see it too.. have fun. Now where is my cake!? c

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thanks Cecila, very kind of you. Being in your story was ‘reward’ enough for me! The cake is coming soon :)

  5. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    Beautiful bread! I love your clever crumb shots – reminds me of the latest photographic trend which is to take photos through the viewfinder of an old camera! Your quirky shots are much more fun, and hey, there’s always holey bread around to frame a shot! :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hee hee I’ve been holding slices of bread up to the window almost since I started baking so as to see how dense it is and whether I mixed/baked it properly, I used to call it the windowpane test (which was a silly joke on that thing that some people do when they stretch their dough out to see if it forms a windowpane and then supposedly the gluten is properly developed). This last batch had such big holes the camera focussed through instead of on the bread. Glad to hear it amuses you :D

    1. Joanna Post author

      I get information overload very quickly Brydie, Brian starts talking about f stops and depth of field, and I do understand, at least while he’s explaining it to me, but I can’t transfer what he tells me, to what I should do in a particular situation. I don’t think I would take nearly so many photos if I didn’t write this. What is a food post without a picture of two, or a garden post? The writing would have to be really good…. :D

  6. Misk Cooks

    I’m particularly fond of your garden chair. I’d like one just like it that rocks. I think I’m old enough to qualify — sitting in the garden, rocking away and falling asleep in the sunshine… (yawn) … It’s well past my bedtime. Good night.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Ah, the one thing I don’t have in the garden is a rocking chair, I’ve always wanted a swinging seat, I found a beautiful maker many years ago, hand carved wooden ones with little awnings and then the other garden user said they gave him vertigo….. I will have one maybe when we move and a verandah. I really really want a verandah :D

      1. Misk Cooks

        A covered veranda? My maternal great-grandmother had one that went all the way around the house. My sister and I played out there even when the rain was pitching down.

        1. Joanna Post author

          Roofed and open to the garden. I lived in a house with a verandah and a garden that went down to the Thames as a child. I don’t need the Thames at the bottom of the garden, but a verandah and a view out to woodland or hills would be pretty much perfect….

  7. teawithhazel

    quirkalicious post joanna..i’d love to be a better photographer but it just isn’t going to happen..i’ve had to sadly accept that there is a limit to how many things i can take on i will just have to get vicarious pleasure from your photos joanna..x

    1. Joanna Post author

      I’m so pleased you get pleasure from my photos. These were a bit silly, but I just thought I’d pop them up here for a moment’s fun. Mine have got a little better, well the bread shots maybe, but that poodle whizzes about in a blur of black curls and is very hard to photograph well, he’s my real challenge…. xx :D

  8. timethief

    I love the slideshow. The sourdough bread is beautiful and sourdough has always been a favorite of mine. “Bring on the apple cake recipe”, she cried. ;)

    1. Joanna Post author

      The nice thing about the slideshow is that you don’t have to scroll up and down the post and they go through quite quickly, though I don’t know how well they work for someone with a slow connection. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it TiTi :D

  9. heidiannie

    How can bread be repetitious?
    It keeps on disappearing and needs to be made all the time!
    Love the holey perspective on your garden. Looks like a good place to meditate!
    I also have a pile of tomatoes to work with in my kitchen.
    And I, too, would like the recipe for apple cake, please.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Heidi, I meant maybe the photographs were repetitious of the loaves sitting on my bread board, but I’m glad you like looking at them still.

      The garden is a bit ramshackle at the moment, and we have a small heatwave going on right now, about ten degrees warmer than it should be for the time of year. That’s very warm for England. The garden is confused. I’m thinking maybe green tomato and apple chutney for my other pile of tomatoes, the plants are showing signs of blight finally so time to rescue what’s left.

      The apple cake recipe will be up soon! x :D

  10. gina

    genial your colorful slideshow! the bread eyes view reminded me of my happy kid days when i had the sheer pleasure playing with the view-master image-toy! happy greetings! :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Bread Eyes that’s me, going cross eyed, squinting through those holes – and then I made toast with it. Nothing beats eating the props, preferably with some good butter and a little rhubarb and seville orange marmalade dripping onto your lap through the holes – happy greetings to you too lovely Gina xx

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi gill, can’t take myself seriously anymore, how hot it is already, will have to dig out my sandals, was just about to pack summer kit away…. :)

  11. gina

    hmm! i tried to create a wordpress acc as zazaseacow! i have no idea whether and how the whole thing works ! :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Can I help you gina? The reason your comment didn’t appear to start with was because you were posting under a different name and I have mine set to moderate comments from ‘new’ people. Are you starting a blog? How exciting !!!

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