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

    Selene 

    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.

    M

    END OF TRANSMISSIONS

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  • 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.
    M

     
    • 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.
      Allison

      • 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.
    Sorry.
    I will now go and beat myself with a week old baguette.
    M
    (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.)
    M

     
    • 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.
      Ben

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

        Didnt know about that one.
        Have fun.
        M

  • 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)
    M

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

      Ta muchly.

      F.

    • 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

  • birdandbeard 9:26 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Princess of Power…………… 

    Well most of my afternoon was spent at our local show. Mouse (my daughter) got 1st prize in the mounted fancy dress, so I suppose it was worth it. Bakery almost there, mainly ingredients/utensils to shift now.
    And there is news on Joes oven. But ill let him tell you.
    Oh and a barrel of local beer has arrived (Gunnerside Gold). Thought all this baking lark might be thirsty work.
    I’m off to get the majority of the food in the morn, so if there are any last minute requests please let me know.
    Sleep well my children.
    M

     
    • Joanna 9:33 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to the Mouse!

      Is the oven news good? Are we still making croissants? Ple-ase. I only want to bake things that involve lots of butter this year.

    • birdandbeard 10:52 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We got the roof on the oven this evening so it is all down to how quickly I can dry it out without ruining everything. We have two range size domestic cookers with ovens up in the barn plus one in the house and a combi oven/microwave that is just finnishing baking a loaf as I type. There is Martin’s pizza oven with a 30″ x 30″ floor and a wood fired rayburn for the mosochists amoungst you. But after all this work I would really like to be able to fire up my oven. Fingers crossed.

      J

  • birdandbeard 8:57 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Richard Whiteley 

    2 days to go!
    Its the local agricultural show today, so i have a sneaky feeling i may not get a full day on the bakery in. Something to do with 7 yr old daughters and mounted fancy dress. Its the horse i feel sorry for. Anyone remember She-Ra?
    Installation of final oven/cooker and a fridge and a bit of painting today in the gaps.
    Perhaps i would have finished in the bakery if this blog didnt exist. So anything not done/dry youll have to blame Zeb 🙂
    M

     
  • birdandbeard 11:12 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Post DDD 

    What am I going to do next week?
    M

     
    • phil 6:59 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Start working out when the next DDD will be lol 😀

      Phil

  • birdandbeard 7:50 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: communciation, mobile phones   

    The futures bright. 

    Just a thought, but only Orange (and therefore 3) mobiles work in Swaledale. You can of course use mine if you need to be in touch with anyone.

    M

     
    • phil 7:58 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m on Vodafone, but my internet Dongle is on 3 so I might just bring my mini laptop aswell, just so I can txt me mum once a day to say I’m fine, hell will break loose if I don’t lol,

      Phil

    • robinaccio 9:36 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You have an internet connection obviously – would you also have WiFi?

      • birdandbeard 10:11 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wi-Fi in the house and hopefully in the bakery too. Lower speed Reeth Rural Radio Net (un-secured) works outside too if you have a decent wireless card.
        M

        • Robinaccio 10:31 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve just got my phone, but it’s a new HTC Desire and the wireless is pretty good. I’m with O2 so I’m checking out SMS via Web services so I can keep in touch with my nearest and dearest. At least I’ll be able to upload pics to my blog…

          • birdandbeard 11:09 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            ‘He speaks in tongues’
            M

            • chocveg 11:12 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

              or come from London centre of the universe!!

              • birdandbeard 11:15 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

                What on earth is an ‘HTC Desire’. Does he shop at Ann Summers??
                M

  • birdandbeard 7:35 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brekky requests   

    Fud 

    For those that are staying at Sorrel Sykes, what cereals (if any) would you like for brekky?
    M

     
    • phil 7:38 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is the a B+B?
      Do you know how many poeple are camping,?
      Cheers
      Phil

    • bakingben 9:59 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I normally have porridge at home but any cereal would be fine.
      Thanks
      Ben

    • Allison 9:26 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is sloe gin to good to bake with? or just good to drink?

      • birdandbeard 10:14 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. You have reminded me to try my sloe gin from last year. The sloes were very ripe and I added NO sugar. The gin was still on the sloes.
        A joint tasting with Joe (a minute ago) revealed…………………………………….wonderful.
        Maybe there will be some to try next weekend 🙂
        M

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