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Nov. 25th, 2007

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A day in the kitchen

I've spent quite a lot of this weekend baking, inspired by the supplement that came with yesterday's Guardian. Yesterday I made a plain white loaf, which rose really well and was probably the best bread I've ever made (my bread doesn't usually rise very well). There were several things I did differently, based on the booklet: I started it off with a yeast sponge, rather than put all the flour in at once; I kneaded it very briefly three times, leaving it to rest for 10 minutes in between; I didn't flour the surface when I kneaded it (the booklet said to oil the surface, but I didn't bother and it didn't really stick).

Today I decided to make another loaf to use for sandwiches during the week. I made the yeast sponge last night, as the booklet said you could leave it overnight. I'm not sure if that was the problem, but it didn't rise as well as yesterday's.

The loaf on the left is the rather flat white loaf. But on the right is a potato flatbread, which appears to have been spectacularly successful! I can't wait to try some of that for my lunch tomorrow, accompanied by...

...spiced root vegatable soup. I love the soup recipes on the BBC Good Food website. I've bookmarked quite a few for future use! I also need to remind myself how to use my flashgun properly...

I'm about to serve up beef olives from our local butcher (some stuffed with haggis, some with sausagemeat), cooked in a red wine and onion gravy. And to go with them, mashed potato and roast carrots and parsnips.

Jul. 12th, 2007

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Old pictures from my hard drive

These were taken with a variety of cameras, and are a few of the many pictures hiding on my disorganised hard drive.

Detail from the door of St Edward's Church, Leek

Leaf, taken with a huge aperture on the old Praktica that aaronpj gave to me.

I think I took this with my old digital compact, but I have no recollection of where or when. No clue what the bird is, either!

A rush, raken with my old digital compact.

A version of this image was one of the best photos I took with my Eos 300 for the photography course I took at Glasgow. I had no idea I had a digital version - I must have taken it with my digital compact at the same time, and then processed it. I don't remember doing it though!

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Garden images

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable hour or so in the garden, knitting and taking pictures.

Our gooseberries are nearly ripe.

The first few flowers appearing on the sweet peas.

For the first time since we moved in, we have plums! Or maybe gages. It's hard to tell at this stage.

The honeysuckle we planted not long ago is doing really well, and is even starting to flower.

The top of the garden - potatoes in the foreground, wigwam of runner beans and sweet peas at the back.

The view from the top of the garden.

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Jun. 9th, 2007

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I've been meaning to try to take some pictures of Rocky for ages, thinking they'd look good in black and white. But I don't get to see him very often, and when I point a camera at him he usually either turns away (and licks his bottom) or gets up, walks over to me, and attempts to snuffle his whiskers all over the lens. This is the only decent one I've managed so far, taken last weekend in my parents' garden (he's lying under the table on the lawn). I decided it actually looked better in colour.

For some reason I am utterly unable to save a resized version of this image as a jpeg in Paint Shop Pro. I've done this loads of times before with other images, but it's just stopped working! I've had to upload the big version and resize it using html. I'm at my wits' end - this is going to cause real problems with my photo-editing if it's going to keep happening! I keep re-sizing the image and telling it to save it, or save as something else, but it just either doesn't save at all or saves it as some weird file format that neither Windows Explorer nor LJ can read. If anyone has any ideas they'll be much appreciated!

May. 13th, 2007

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Evil plant

It's evil, sinister, invasive and I hate it (I can see this year's crop coming up when I'm out running and I'm almost tempted to take some weedkiller with me next time). But last year's seedheads make for an interesting monochrome image.

Giant hogweed

May. 12th, 2007

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Aviemore photos

Some photos from our camping trip to Aviemore last weekend.

Mountain stream on the corrie below the summit of Cairngorm (it does have a name, but I can't pronounce Gaelic and I can't be bothered to get the map out). I love my polarising filter.

A view from the end of the corrie.

Woods around Loch Garten. I think I applied a bit too much Unsharp Mask to this, but I quite like the surreal effect it gives.

Dead tree in Loch Garten. I did something complicated to this one involving splitting channels, merging the red and green channels, and then making the whole thing greyscale. Then a bit of Unsharp Mark, of course.

A red squirrel on a feeder at the RSPB osprey reserve, Loch Garten. It was about 6am and we were waiting for some capercaillie to turn up.
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Yorkshire pictures

A couple of photos I took on a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with pluginchris.

Blackthorn blossom. I love this image - I didn't have to do anything while processing it. Didn't even alter the levels. It's just lovely.

Detail from a bridge. This, on the other hand, was processed a lot. Split channels, selected the red channel, and applied Unsharp Mask.
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Sunshine and cava

Taken for the "glass" prompt on weeklyphoto at a barbecue we had in our garden a couple of weeks ago.

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