Well, well, Wells. We have a lot of news. The grapevine is working efficiently, so most of you already know that we have sold our house and are leaving Wells. We are moving to Kimberley on June 1, with a short stop on the way to participate in a birthday bike ride from Quesnel to Mackin Creek Farm. The last few months have been a whirlwind of packing, spending time with friends and family, finishing window trim and baseboards in the house (!), baking, skiing, riding bikes, and more packing. Tim is busy with spring bicycle tune-ups and seems to still be collecting bike parts, even as he gets rid of bike parts. How does that work?
Everyone is curious about the bakery: of course the building (and the oven!) has sold with the house, but the plan is that The Bread Peddler will live on in some form or another one day in Kimberley. There is good news for Wells, however: the woman who bought our house may restore the infamous Pizza Night tradition, and there will be two trial runs this month: Wed May 16 and Wed May 23. Come and check it out – from 4 to 8 pm, of course. Stay tuned here for menu options closer to the date.
There is still tonnes of snow in Wells, especially in south Wells (ie our yard), but we are finally able to see out the windows again. The weather has been very warm and very dry for over a week, and the snow seems to be evaporating instead of melting. I know it is crazy to wish for rain, but it is spring, and we don’t want another summer of drought and forest fires, do we? Here are some photos from winter, which started in early February, and ended in the middle of April:
We have three more Tuesdays of bread baking, and two Wednesday pizza nights, and then it’s cleaning time! Almost every loaf of bread is sold before we bake it these days, so if want bread or scones, order by Sunday evening (phone or email) to make sure you get on the list! There will be a few loaves available for walk-in customers – try your luck between 4 and 8 pm for the next three Tuesdays, May 1, May 8, and May 15.
There are a couple of folks we know of in Quesnel who are interested in building wood-fired ovens and making good bread, so keep your ear to the ground in the next year or so to hear of progress on this front. We have proven that there is an appetite and a market for artisan bread in the Cariboo, and we have also found that it is hard work – we wish them all the best! It is a very satisfying thing to provide a good product to an appreciative audience.
Mark your calendars: Saturday May 26 (10 am to 4 pm) and Sunday May 27 (noon to 5 pm) we will be having a HUGE MOVING SALE in the carport of the bakery. There will be all kinds of great stuff: clothing, skis, bikes, snowshoes, tonnes of kitchen items and dishware, food, shelving, fabric, blankets, bike parts, footwear, CDs, LPs, house plants, camping gear, bedding, books, etc. Don’t miss out! Prices will be low! There will even be freshly baked treats for sale to entice you to open your wallets and take home an armful of fabulous stuff!
Some Easter goodies: