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  • birdandbeard 8:29 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Photos found in the Media Library today 

    Robin's brioche

    Loaves and fishes

    Who claims this loaf?

    Never thought to look in the “Media Library” but here are some pics that people have uploaded but  not attached to posts, so we never got to see them, or else we did, and I have forgotten; my short term memory is getting worse and worse…

    If anyone does pop back here, it’s a peaceful place to practise being a blogger.

    All the best, Zeb

    • chocveg 10:50 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I claim ownership of the loaves and fishes! Should have tagged it chocveg!

      • Chris Young 3:29 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That third one is Phil Joy’s – he sent me a copy when telling me about the weekend. Sounds like it was great.


        The Real Bread Campaign

    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 12:25 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely fishes Chocveg! I think I saw Phil’s loaf being made into sandwiches Chris!

      By the way, on the subject of photos. If anyone does want to use photos taken over this event, although they are publically viewable, they are still subject to copyright and I and the other people who have shared their images with the group would like to be asked first before they appear in another context from this blog or Flickr.

    • Robin 2:32 pm on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just seen this post. I think you can claim a chuck of brioche, Joanna, for getting me to start it (sorry you had to leave before you could try some.

  • birdandbeard 6:21 pm on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Phil Joy, the loaf in Crich   

    Phil Joy bakes with the Loaf today 

    Derbyshire Day

    Andy from the loaf in Crich has just sent me a link to his blog and a local radio broadcast that everyone might want to check out. The radio segment starts at 36.30.

    Sounds like a great day Phil! Brilliant stuff!

  • birdandbeard 7:24 am on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Found this message from Terry lurking in the spam folder so I have despammed it and here is a link https://dalesdoughdo.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/ill-get-you-butler/#comment-193

    • birdandbeard 7:30 am on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding your query (top right)
      The partial hirundine invasion is slowly losing its impetus. (Sounds like a cheesy line in a 1970’s cold war spy film) 🙂

  • birdandbeard 10:13 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: photo management   


    If we are very clever and organised and have a flickr group photo thing I can put a ‘widget’ in the side bar here which will link to it. Then everyone who wants to add / share photos can put them in and they will be all in one place. And anyone who wants to see them has an easy way to find them. If someone sets one up and then circulates the url and lets me have it I will put it on here. The other way is to upload photos into posts, but some people have had problems with that so flickr might be easier….? 🙂

    What do you think? I can’t do much till next week now as the computer has gone to the machine shop

    • chocveg 10:47 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you all for a great weekend – I came home stuffed with bread and the satisfaction of good bakin’! Will get my photos organised (ie delete most of the swallows!) and maybe someone will tell me how to get them into the flickr group – or do we all have to have an account?
      I will sort out the griddle recipe, you can all do it in the privacy of your own homes!
      Hae a good week all, maybe a bit less bread?! and THANKS!!

    • birdandbeard 5:39 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have used the bakingweekend flickr page to start a public group DDD2010 which anyone with a flickr account can join.

      I you don’t allready have a flickr page you will need to sign up and follow their instructions on how to upload photos.


      • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 12:00 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not quite sure if I have done this right, I have put the RSS feed code for your photostream into the flickr link on the sidebar. Is that what you mean, if not could you email me a link to the public group you started, I searched for DDD2010 and came up with a cycling group? x Joanna

        • birdandbeard 12:26 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If you look at the bakingweekend flickr profile DDD2010 should be shown as a group we are a member of. I have just sent you an invite to it, it is a public group so anybody can join. This is all new to me so it will be interesting to see if it works.


        • birdandbeard 1:15 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I have changed the RSS to that of the DDD2010 group, if anyone has pics of the weekend on flickr they can join the group then add pics to the group pool.


  • birdandbeard 7:26 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Message from Rick 

    I checked my personal email last night and found Rick had sent this last week. I am posting it on here as I have not had chance to pass on his regards to all of you.



    Hi Joe,
    Sorry this is a late reply and I apologise for not replying sooner.

    Have been finding it difficult getting back to speaking to people since I lost Mair.

    Am very glad the Baking weekend is coming together for you. I’m sorry I can’t be there.
    Very much hope your oven build came on okay.

    Hoping you might be this way sometime and we could bake a bit together.

    The Bakery is begining to pick up with me baking between 150 – 260 loaves a night 3 nights a week.

    Will be thinking of you all this weekend, please give my regards to everyone, hope it goes great for you, well done for organising it

    Best regards

    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 2:58 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting that Joe! I’ve sent Rick an email today. Picking apples, they’re all falling on the path.. now what to do with those….. 🙂

  • birdandbeard 11:43 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Well here we are. The day has finally arrived. Years of planning, thousands of pounds spent, lives lost, loves lost, paradise lost, Joe Loss, millions of man (and girl) hours worked. The odd case of Spanish opened, later to be recycled into the great green bin of life. Sorry what was I on about?

    Ah yes, so the bakery is done, most of the comestibles installed, oven on its way, and a nice, if brief evening spent with Joe and Mouse in a friends caravan under our woods. Soon Mouse asleep, curled quiet, charming to those who gazed.

    A waning moon lit our path home on a clear, silent and windless night. Autumn air. The odd dead leaf crinkled under my feet. Maybe soon the sound of geese, flying Washward for their winter shelter.

    So here I sit by the light of my laptop with the open doored rayburns’ cargo of last springs larch, crackling and flickering away.

    If Joe + I had known the amount of work needed to get the DDD up and running, it wouldnt be happening. Perhaps the deaf leading the dumb. But we now have a small ‘bakery’ and a smashing portable wood fired oven. And we have lots of people coming to play this weekend. What could be better.

    So this is your home for the weekend. Enjoy it as such, please relax and learn and teach. Is not the ‘best’ baker the one who enjoys it most. And lets not forget, it isnt a matter of life and death, its more important than that.



  • birdandbeard 8:52 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    No sex please ..were bakers. 

    Why is this blog getting dirty? Are you all getting too excited at the prospect of a ‘dirty’ weekend in the Dales (by the way its been dry for a few days now, and hardly any mud)
    First its rubber boots, then girdles, and now the ‘lays’ of Rome.
    Stop it and go and play with your starters.

    • stig23 8:58 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where are the lays of Rome? I am a Classicist. Shall I bring my Cicero?

      Vale, Stig

    • chocveg 9:15 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      and what about the starter wander darkling???! See you tomorrow.

      • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 9:28 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        a small excerpt from a favourite children’s book to help you all calm down and go to sleep. Night night. See you tomorrow.

  • birdandbeard 5:39 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Comfy chair 

    If you like spreads/pates/jams etc on yr bread, feel free to bring them along. We seem to have a fair bit of ‘vintage’ homemade jams, but apart from that its a bit scant. Just forgot to get some.
    I will now go and beat myself with a week old baguette.
    (ow, ow…….)

    • phil 5:49 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lol what a waste of a Baguette 😀
      Ill bring some up. just packed everything up now, alarm set for 4:30 in the morning to get me taxi to the train station, its going to be a brill weekend,

      Phil 🙂

    • bakingben 6:48 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can bring some redcurrant marmalde made by a friend. Ben

    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 7:00 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have Aug 09 jam still. Would you like a couple of jars, blackberry jelly and damson jam,I’ll shove them in the car. Do you have lots of butter, or shall I bring some. It’s raining miserably here again, what’s the local forecast for you this weekend? Temperature, rain? Pretty please.

  • birdandbeard 4:17 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The hills are alive 

    Should anyone be driving up on the A1, go off at Bedale and head for Leyburn. The road twixt Leyburn and here takes you over the moors and has spectacular views of Swaledale, plus the heather is out at the mo. (Its the most direct way too.)

    • bakingben 7:14 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a signed cycle route from Northallerton station to Grinton so I’m looking forward to that.

      • birdandbeard 8:30 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Didnt know about that one.
        Have fun.

  • birdandbeard 9:21 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ll get you Butler 

    For those ‘bussing’ it to us, you need to get off at Fremington Corner.
    Signs from there. (3 min walk)

    • frandough 2:12 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ta muchly.


    • Terry Lyons 3:34 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Many thanks too all involved for the most rewarding week-end that I have ever spent with a bunch of strangers. Those strangers turned out to be the most friendly and welcoming people that I have ever met.

      I learned more from you guys in 1 week-end that I have in the last 12 months of reading and research. I truly appreciate the time and patience given to me as an enthusiastic learner and hope I didn’t annoy too many people by looking over their shoulder……just watching in awe at the things that were created in front of my own eyes.

      I was very nervous saying my farewell but secretly wanted to hug and cooch every one of you………even Gareth !!! …..who was a brilliant mentor in making my pizza base.

      Hope you all enjoyed the week-end as much as I did, and a big hello and special thanks to all you wonderful bakers of the DDD.

      Best regards……..Terry and Stef

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