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  • philjoy 7:14 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    JOE- thanks for book info 

    Hi joe,

    I have just ordered a set of the ‘modern baker,confectioner and caterer’ books from the website you gave me, its a set of 4,cost just under £50 with p&p.

    Can’t wait till they come,

    Phil 🙂

  • philjoy 5:03 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Are you Famous?? :) 

    I have uploaded Martins song, if you just search for Social Fretworking. You should find it on top of the list,


    • biggthebaker 8:43 am on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nice one!, and for those who want an easier link:

      • birdandbeard 9:50 am on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Cheers G M and L (and F breifly) for the back-line. Glad I didnt notice at the time, as I doubt I would have been able to finish the song for laughing.

  • bethesdabakers 4:02 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Thanks to everyone for really enjoyable weekend.

    Can’t think of anything to complain about. Oh yeah, disabled  access was rubbish, especially when you’re pissed. In fact I don’t think booze should have been allowed on the premises. I kept imagining there were birds flying around in the bakery and, even more unlikely, there was an oven being towed around by a tractor, and I imagined we went down the pub to get a takeaway for the pigs …  never touched the absinthe …


    • stig23 5:24 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And thank you to everyone from me too. Another grand weekend of shared experience and (generally helpful!) advice. I have a new (bread) year resolution, not to do more baking, but to widen the repertoire – I feel the need to make brioche, and lamb-topped flatbread, and many more delights.

      And extra thanks to Joe, Martin and Caroline for unending and generous hospitality. Special respect having just seen the “before” pix on Flikr. Blimey, what you achieved!

      Stig (wondering whether there will be two versions of this reply – still finding blogging a challenge!)

  • 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

    • 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) 🙂

  • frandough 9:23 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Lovely Week-end 

    Hello All,

    Thank you for a wonderful weekend I enjoyed it so much. It was informative and a great learning curve.  Looking forward to trying the new recipes and methods of proving and baking.

    So good to meet fellow bakers and other participants. Special thanks to Joe and Martin for organising the Dales Do! and of course Caroline. Your  hard work was appreciated by us all.

    Hope to see you at the next annual event.

    Happy Baking


  • philjoy 1:36 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Great British Bake off, Tonight BBC 2, 8 o Clock 

    Just thought I would let you all know this, On the Great British Bake off tonight,six contestants are judged to make the Perfect.


    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 4:13 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I fell asleep watching it on replay… what does that say about me.? Those programmes are not about the baking but about the people anyway. Though I liked the footage of the Merthyr Tydfil communal ovens.

      • birdandbeard 7:32 am on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        “I fell asleep watching it on replay… what does that say about me.?”…….you were tired?

        • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 5:12 am on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          No, just disengaged ;(

          I ought to say thank you here too, though I have given thanks elsewhere 🙂 Thank you Joe for grand designs and Martin and Caroline and Mouse for opening your home to us in such a grand way and the great welcome and fine meals we had together. I loved meeting you all and the animals and having an opportunity to be with you all. I wish I had had more time to bake and had got my head together a bit more. And I really wished I’d stayed for a taste of that fab looking brioche Robin! Lovely to meet you Fran, Val , Phil, Terry and Stef and Allison and Stig, Ben, Jack, Mick,and Gareth – fun to be with you all again 🙂 I come back home and look at my suburban patch and wonder where I could fit an oven and a camp site…. fantasize about hiring one of those kitchens that come on a lorry….

  • 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.


  • philjoy 7:07 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you 

    I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for letting me share this experience with you all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and its sad that it is now over,I have learnt a lot more and hopefully it will make me better, that was the only time I have been around a number of Bakers and it was the best weekend I have had this year

    Martin and joe- Thank you very much for organising this and I hope we keep in touch,I will take all your advice with me and I hope it will make me better one day,

    Thanks very much


    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 10:06 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry I didn’t get to make croissants with you Phil! Another time maybe, it was lovely to meet you, your energy was impressive, made me feel so old! I am in the process of sorting out some photos (haven’t forgotten). Best of luck! Joanna (Zeb)

    • phil 10:19 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hia Zeb
      It was great to meet you, and thanks in advance for the photos, I’m just in Darlington now, waiting for my train home,its been a fab weekend and yesterday we used martins small wood fired oven,it was great, I’ve got a few photos of it,


    • birdandbeard 12:28 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      It was a genuine pleasure to meet you, you are talented and hard working. You would be a great asset to any small bakery especially one which has a cafe or tea rooms.


    • phil joy 5:07 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi joe, I wish I could get a job like that, but I am now determined and I am going to search everywhere for one,

      Thanks again for a wonderful time


  • biggthebaker 4:57 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Eegh, it were rite grand, but ah’m glad ta be ‘oome. Thanks to ALL for a great weekend, when I’ve had time to reflect on it, I might well expand on that, but for now. I just feel contented.

    • birdandbeard 9:30 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Somewhere inside is a Yorkshireman trying to get out.

  • 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….. 🙂

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