SOMERSET LEVELS 429 – CONGENIAL CAKE, A LITTLE PIECE OF IMAGINATIVE SIMPLICITY

 

 


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So much of today’s world consists of buzz words, of “smart” this and “smart” that, of hype and image – and, quite frankly, most of this leaves me cold.  In many cases I feel such things to be a triumph of style over content.  I have produced some stuff over the years – geology, data analysis/management, ornithology – but I have never felt the need to label any of it as awesome or amazing – it was just, well, what it was – no marketing, no hype, no bullshit.

So that when I encounter things now, however commonplace and mundane, that show genuine sparks of imagination and innovation, I do tend to hugely admire and treasure them, and the people who have dreamt them up – in a way, I suppose, because amidst all of the commercially driven hype, media pressure and bullshit that modernity continually throws at us, I see these things as evidence that true imagination and innovation persists – and that to me is a very valuable and reassuring thing.

And so to a little bakery – Winnies Bakery  – in Weston-super-Mare, where the Somerset Levels run down to the sea – and also to a branch in Burnham-on-Sea, just down the coast to the south.

So just  what has Winnies  produced, that really gets to me???  Well, quite simply, a range of inexpensive and very tasty cakes with a really inspired but very simple name – Congenial Cakes.  I mean, wow!, who thought that one up????  And the two shops themselves are very unprepossessing, again no hype, no marketing bullshit, just simple counters and shelves stacked with inexpensive but extremely pleasant cakes, pastries and savouries >>> really, what more can one ask????

And here is a picture of a Congenial Cake – you can’t even see the cake clearly – but, take my word for it, it was delicious.

Technique: TG-5 at 30mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 9 Nov 2019.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

16 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 429 – CONGENIAL CAKE, A LITTLE PIECE OF IMAGINATIVE SIMPLICITY

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Fun, Adrian! In this country that might be something you would see in the South. Simple, pretty straightforward, with a bit of down-home warmth to it. Sorry you couldn’t share.

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  2. Authentic and tasty, pure and simple😊

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  3. A nice slice of that would certainly make me feel more congenial.

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  4. Meanderer says:

    That’s just wonderful! Cake; part of our everyday diet in our house all freshly baked – along with bread – by my other half; bliss!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh yes, bliss I can very much identify with, bring it on!!! But places like Winnies and Harts do get to me – no hype, no marketing, just delicious (and often very simple) stuff! Am thinking of a pre-dawn foray into the Bristol rush hour on Friday, so Harts might get a visit!!!

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  5. oneowner says:

    I could go for some right now and I don’t even know what Sultana is.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, despite having enjoyed them all my life, I was also unsure exactly what sultanas are >>> so, google to the rescue!!! >>> “a dried white grape, but of the seedless variety. Sultanas are golden in color and tend to be much plumper, sweeter, and altogether juicier than other raisins.” And all I can say is – delicious cake!!! 🙂

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  6. Just for the fun of it I looked up congenial in my thesaurus and one of the words it gave was delightful. And that’s what suits this post and that lemon loaf of yummy. DE-lightful!!! 🍞🍋☕️ 😋
    XXXATPXXX ❤️

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  7. paula graham says:

    Ha, ha, ha…yea a good cake does you good!!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      It certainly does >>> and I’ve recently read about various landscape photographers who specifically suggest cake as a morale booster + calorie provider when out in cold places – one of these swore by lemon drizzle cake!!! 🙂

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  8. TinyJeremy says:

    Lovely shot. Check out my newly published post, thank you

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