Regular Random: five minutes with cavolo nero flower buds

Close up shot looking down onto pale yellow cavolo nero flower buds radiating from stem.  Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Cavolo nero flower buds. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

This year is the first I’ve grown cavolo nero in my garden, so I had no idea what to expect when the plants started to go to seed. Certainly not the mass of beautiful and delicate yellow flowers radiating from a slender stem.

And because there is something quite ethereal about the flowers, I couldn’t resist editing a few shots in aged b&w.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

If you’d like to join in:

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  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
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Regular Random: five minutes getting up close with clematis

Close up colour shot looking into clematis flower with radiating stamen filling the shot. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis stamen. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

The neighbour’s clematis is in full flower, cascading over our shared fence and providing a beautiful burst of colour and texture.

Close up shot of clematis flower, focusing on yellow stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I’ve photographed the flowers and buds before, but was particularly taken this time with clustering and texture of the vivid yellow stamen.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

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Regular Random: five minutes with tea and lemon-rosemary cookies

Afternoon tea, with lemon-rosemary cookies. Shot of vintage plate, cup and saucer with three star-shaped cookies on plate and assam tea with lemon in cup. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Afternoon tea, with lemon-rosemary cookies. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

My friend Sarah at Art Expedition sent me her recipe for Lemon-Rosemary cookies, and while my first couple of batches do rather lack finesse, Sarah’s recipe is really good and the cookies taste fantastic.

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Regular random: five minutes with some lavender, a bee and the hope of new beginnings

Close up shot of bee on lavender stalk. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Lavender lunch. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Signs of spring are everywhere this week; from new growth on the fig tree to plum blossom and a huge increase in the number of bees around. This one was very busy enjoying lavender.

The images for this week’s Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) were all shot at Savage Memorial Park on Bastion Point in Auckland.

Savage Memorial is the burial place and monument to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister — and one of the country’s best loved leaders. He died in office in 1940, having led the government that established our country’s welfare state — now largely dismantled by successive neo-liberal governments.

Tomorrow there will be a general election in New Zealand. Growing inequality, increasing poverty, declining child health and the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world are all issues that have come to the fore in this campaign, and there is real hope that by tomorrow evening we may have a new government. One committed to the values of compassion and justice that informed Savage’s Labour government in the 1930s.

Spring is, after all, the season of hope.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

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Regular Random: five minutes with traces of summers past

All that remains. Close-up shot of four sea-shells; two screwshells, a clamshell and the remains of a whelk. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

All that remains from beach days past. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I don’t think of myself as a beachcomber. Yet sometimes, when I clean out my car or reach into a jacket pocket, I find little souvenirs of a beach walk. Shells mainly, and sometimes pebbles — dry and sandy and somehow not as beautiful as in that first moment I picked them up.

I knew someone once who carefully applied a coat of clear nail varnish to the shells she had collected; an attempt to bring back that wet sparkle which drew her to them in the first place.

I’m not going to varnish my shells. I’m happy to let my camera explore the intricate beauty of their forms and textures and patterns.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

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Regular Random: five minutes with three good things

Loving the freshness of rosemary. Shot of rosemary sprig with golden beetroot and garlic? Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Loving the freshness of rosemary — with golden beetroot and garlic? Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Three Good Things approach to cooking has found great favour in our kitchen. The combination of simplicity and discipline (just three main ingredients) really works.

Rosemary seems to be my latest food-crush; at least in part because it is so prolific in the garden. Having deemed the rosemary and feta scones a success (recipe to come) I got to wondering how the pungent, piney flavour would get along with some golden beetroot I found in my fridge.

The answer? I’ll let you know when the beets are roasted.

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Regular Random: five minutes with my lunch

Close up shot of a few rocket leaves and walnut halves. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Rocket and walnuts; a yummy combination. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Feeling abnormally disinclined to cook this past week, meals have been very simple affairs.

Blue cheese, walnuts and rocket is one of my favourite “three good things” combinations. Add fresh bread — instant lunch.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

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