We are speeding along at the speed of light. We are so close to having a bakery that I am starting to daydream about sourcing grain and flour while I am tediously painting the last few (thousand) things that need painting.
Tim has finished plumbing the inside of the building, and we will hook up to the town water and sewer as soon as the ground outside thaws – should be sometime in August. As it stands now we could hook up with a garden hose to the house’s water supply, but all the garden hoses are stored in the greenhouse, and that would require snowshoes and a lot of shovelling to access. Maybe tomorrow if I am feeling energetic… Most importantly, we do have a jug of water, a kettle, some mugs, and tea fixings in the bakery now. Tim is very happy. He likes tea.
I began the process of destroying my cob oven. We want to use some of its component parts, plus it will free up more space to store firewood for the new oven. The cob oven, and my love affair with the smell of the hot clay while I was baking bread are what started this whole bakery idea. I was given a book years ago about pioneers in Quebec and their outdoor ovens (I think the book was someone’s PhD thesis), and since receiving the book and flipping through it, I knew I wanted to build an oven. I built one in 2010, and had a great time in the fall of 2010 and summer of 2011 baking bread and pizza. I even did a few winter firings, though because there was no insulation over the clay, the oven lost heat very quickly: the thought of a proper bakery with a proper insulated oven was from then on a dream in the back of my mind.
Some photos from 2010:
Now, with a pile of cob rubble (destined for the dump), a pile of concrete rubble (destined to be filler for the new oven’s footing), a pile of fire bricks from the hearth of the cob oven (destined to be part of the structure of the new oven), and the 4X4 treated timbers from the base of the cob oven (destined to be a new stoop at the front door of the bakery), we are one step closer to realizing the dream of a bakery! (I suppose waiting four years isn’t really such a hardship – some folks wait a lot longer for dreams to come true!)
I spent this afternoon moving stuff from the house to the bakery: dried goods and cooking equipment, including the big mixer. Our little house feels more spacious and the bakery looks more like a bakery.