It isn't often that my clothing gets compared to
a Scotch egg. In fact, until Wednesday, it was never.
But then in the Gloucester Green market, I stopped to look
at a new food stall. It was called
"Cranston Pickles" —
no relation to Branston, but the
owner's surname — and sold pickles and vegetarian
While I was looking at these, the stall's owner said
"That matches your outfit!" What I was
wearing was the pink Gerry Weber silk jacket which I posted about
I tried one of her spicy kedgeree eggs, and the coating was pleasingly
light, without the cloddy heaviness that I find in the supermarket brands.
These show a combination of stodge and impenetrability which inspired
one humourist — Alan Coren perhaps, or
Bill Bryson — to describe these as eggs coated with firebrick.
But this blog is supposed to be about colour, not taste. So I then
decided to find out whether Cranston Scotch-egg pink really does match my outfit. I
loaded photos of the egg, and of my jacket, into the Gimp image-processing
program, cut out
a small uniform portion of each, and fed both these into
3D Color Inspector,
Kai Uwe Barthel's colour-analysis program that I wrote
This plots the distribution of colours in colour cubes with axes representing
the strengths of red, green, and blue. Here are my results, the jacket colours
on the left:
I conclude that my jacket is a purer colour, and more towards the white. Which I
thought it would be; I just decided I'd use this post to
remind readers of 3D Color Inspector's existence, as well as
writing about some colourful and tasty new foods I'd seen.
So thanks to Cranston for the photos and the eggs. Now,
has anyone written a Taste Inspector program?...
I've blogged quite a few photo-posts about spring and summer flower colours, to show how much better we could do with our clothes if our attitude to them matched our love of flowers. I'll use the splendid rose exhibit above to open another. I love the rose because it's vivid, its colour is consistent all across the petals, and it's an unusual
shade. This exhibit grabbed my attention when I saw it in real life, and it grabs my attention when I see it in photos.
I say exhibit: this was one of the items displayed at yesterday's Wolvercote Horticultural Society summer show. There are photos of some others below. Photo number five is striking because of the orange flower at the focus of the arrangement.
WHS had a textile section as well as flowers, from which I've shown a colourful tapestry stool. The judges' label on it reads, "Lovely stool with a bright and detailed design. Love the way the braiding on edge matches the design." I'd give the exhibitor's name, but they were anonymous, known only as Exhibitor No. 28.
Here's an impressive striped top by Nina Boutique. The reason I'm
impressed is that it's so carefully cut; one could call it sculptural. I've tried to bring that out in the last three photos.
I'm told that this top would have been made in the late 70's, perhaps on sale for evening wear from a small boutique in an area such as Chelsea or Kensington . It could have cost around £400, which would have been several weeks' wages.
Here's another in my series on seasonal colours. I saw this on the towpath of the Oxford canal, and liked the colour and pattern. I suspect it's a mallow. The photo is a close-up: the flower in its entirety is below.
I took these photos yesterday. I like the yellow rose almost as much as
this peach rose.
The photo above it, I think, is a young rose hip. There’s a small
spot of intense orangey-red visible in the middle, bordered by the
less intense outer part of the hip and contrasting with the
glossy dark leaves.
I've just enhanced this website so I can tell it to display specified blog posts right across the screen, using the
space normally taken by the list of posts and other side material. I did this because I thought this jacket, by Elegance of Paris, deserved the extra magnification. As with much of my collection, it came from
I photographed this peach-coloured rose yesterday. It would make a good colour for ... well, just about any item of clothing. Looking at the photo, I find the combination of peach and green very satisfying.
I'm not really sure what I mean by that, but I think it's some kind of equivalent of "filling", applied to a good meal.