Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back to the Sconeage

I know. It looks kind of like an ad.

It is, sort of. The Sconeage Bakery is one of my regular stops at the Saturday morning Farmers' Market at Victory Park because I am flat out addicted to that granola. When John comes with me he always gets a scone. He loves them in every flavor, partly because he's not picky but mostly because they're all good. And don't get me started about the cookies.

And Lionel (pronounced "Lee-o-NEL"), the owner of Sconeage, is from France. He has a French accent. He speaks French to those who speak French to him. Plus he's a nice guy. Plus his lovely daughter, who works the booth with him, is so over all that Frenchspeak.

I took all my photos yesterday at the market with the Canon 20D, which recently returned from being repaired. I'm having to learn to use it all over again. I took several shots of Dillon and Graeme, whom you may remember from last summer. They returned to the market yesterday to add a touch of class, playing their classical-contemporary fiddles with the mountains as their backdrop. (You can book the Dillon and Graeme violin duet for events; email scran7(at)att.net). The two are another year more handsome, more polished and more talented, but I'm sorry to say my photos are...not. I'm not working the camera well in bright sun and/or shadow yet.

The photo above came out okay. I emailed it to John and we messed with it on the iPad in an app called TiltShiftGenerator. Then he emailed it back to me and I uploaded it to the blog.

This stuff was probably easier in the days of darkroom.

17 comments:

Stéphane Kardos said...

Oh la la!!! Extra! Je vais de suite au farmers market, et je vais acheter ce granola, et aussi parler un peu avec Lionel pour m'assurer qu'il est bien Francais.
Bises chère Petrea :)

Shell Sherree said...

Hee, love your post title, Petrea! I'm rather partial to the occasional scone and frequent granola, and when served with a French accent ~ well, that's the cream on top!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Isnt it amazing how French accent loved by everybody...Nice and different photo

Petrea said...

Oh Stéphane, tu as fait me rire! (Does that mean you made me laugh?)

Good idea, Shell. Scones with cream.

Is it true, Aysegul? Turkish sounds good with a French accent too? I imagine every language does. Mais bien sûr, French sounds best.

Jean Spitzer said...

That granola sounds good (probably sounds better in French) and the photo looks great--whatever magic was involved in all that transferring worked well.

Bellis said...

My favorite person at the market is Charles Yingst, the genial white- bearded man who grows cherries, apples, plums and peaches in the Mojave Desert. The stories of his childhood in a German village in Pennsylvania, where they had to learn English in school, are fascinating. He's going to his high school's 60th reunion soon. Can you imagine?

If you ever don't need your digital camera any more, can I buy it off you? I think you take wonderful photos with it, and some of your pixie dust may rub off on me.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Jean. The magic of technology. (Or technologie.)

Bellis, thanks. They're both digital, but one is less complicated than the other. Obviously still need the simple one for a while. I may never let it go; it's the stealth camera that quietly fits into my purse.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

We speak the less romantic language of green in the land of milk, honey and granola

yes about the garage
yes about the lake

Petrea said...

Your cupboard looks like mine.

Mister Earl said...

I love the way the figures in the background blend in with pastel colors.

Greg Sweet said...

That photo makes me want to hug a tree... then go eat some carnitas!

mark said...

Scones are the best treat in the world. I knew a Scottish-born lady who made the best scones I have ever tasted. I've never met a scone that I didnt like. She pronounced the name with a soft "o." Like it rhymed with "don."

Petrea said...

Thank you, Mister Earl.

There's a booth at the market that sells something like that, Greg.

Mark, the scones Lionel makes are not like the traditional British ones. They're quite different. And I love those traditional ones, too.

J+P said...

Leonel's scones are what scones would taste like in Hobbiton: thick, faintly sweet, domes of oaty crust filled with real fruit. I like to eat one a week, on Sunday mornings, with coffee. A minute in the microwave, then slice it carefully open with a steak knife to release to fragrant steam. Mmmmmmmmm

Cafe Observer said...

Repaired? Wasn't D 20D Used when ewe bot it?? Good luk having two relearn it again. I'm still tryin 2 find time too learn mine d 1st time around.


PS: Following your French theme, I heard 2day on KPCC how the French rely on nuclear power for 80% of their energy needs. And, they xpect it 2 go higher.

PSS: An English chap visiting Pasadena 4 d summer from Shanghai was impressed with our local scones & muffins.

Petrea said...

It was in good shape when I got it, Cafe. Something got onto the sensor and I had to send it in to be cleaned.

The French may not be perfect (who is?) but they've got some things figured out.

Amy said...

You had me at the word "Sconeage." I need to go there.