A Hole in the Wall

Cycling along the Nantes à Brest canal.
Cycling along the Nantes à Brest canal.

So, cycling in France is OK, but really, how much bread and cheese and yummy pastries can a person eat? And how many quaint mediaeval walled towns can a person explore? Yawn…. There was, however, one bright spot: handmade shoes! We found them at a market in Carnac, a town with, as well as cool shoes,  an abundance of megalithic ruins (the layers upon layers of history are always awe-inspiring for a new-worlder like me!)

Bon appétit!
Bon appétit!
Enjoying the sunshine in beautiful St Malo.
Enjoying the sunshine in beautiful St Malo.
Working hard - doing research on French bread.
Working hard – doing research on French bread.
Sat in yet another picturesque town square, looking at yet another lovely cathedral, drinking still more amazing coffee. Ho hum. I wish I was at home in Wells watching the winter's dog shit appear out of the snow banks.
Sat in yet another picturesque town square, looking at yet another lovely cathedral, drinking still more amazing coffee. Ho hum. I wish I were at home in Wells watching the winter’s dog shit appear out of the snow banks.
French shoes. Ooh la la!!
French shoes. Ooh la la!!

Now that we are back home the heat is on: time to get this bread oven built! Tim has jumped in with both feet and has already cut a hole in the wall and floor of the bakery. The next step is making a concrete base on top of which the oven will sit.

Cutting into the bakery floor and wall in preparation for building the base of the oven.
Cutting into the bakery floor and wall in preparation for building the base of the oven.
From the outside: preparing the ground for the concrete pad that the oven will sit on.
From the outside: preparing the ground for the concrete pad that the oven will sit on.

And, more exciting to me than concrete and stuff: our lovely new bar top is installed!

The lovely fir counter top, crafted by our friend John. He gets Excellent Pizza For Life as payment!
The lovely fir counter top, crafted by our friend John. He gets Excellent Pizza For Life as payment!
Would you just LOOK at those fantastic brackets.
Would you just LOOK at those fantastic brackets.
Dave comes by to inspect the progress and has his arm twisted to enjoy a beer at the new counter!
Dave comes by to inspect the progress and has his arm twisted to enjoy a beer at the new counter!

 

 

6 thoughts on “A Hole in the Wall

  1. Thanks so much for the “foreign” bread reminder! Your Bakery is so unique and the brackets are exceptional! Can’t wait to taste your creations!

  2. How exciting! The trip, food, bakery on the go! Dennis and I are planning a trip to France & Italy next summer – can’t wait! Love the work on the bakery so far – way to go you two!

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