Over the last couple of months we have been looking more closely at the oven to see just how much work is required:
After the BruielFest, assuming all has gone well, we'll see what will be required to renovate the oven to 'permanent working' status, so we can use it on a regular basis - and it can be a feature for guests and, we hope, particularly fun for children who can help making their own pizzas and design their 'toppings'. Ever the optimists.
In fact, the ovens used to do a lot more than bread - and there would be a 'firing sequence' that would start with bread, but then include meat and, finally, cake baking. So, one step at a time, but we want to make it part of what we do for the 'Nichoir Chambres D'Hotes'.
In the barn next to the bread-oven and flour grinder, there is a forge - and we have been looking at that and what sort of state it is in. More of that in the next Blog post - but we hope to have it working for the BruelFest and be making iron nails as a 'mark 1' venture.
What has been remarkable in this development is how genuinely interested our young neighbours have been - they have been pro-active in this and we would not be doing it without them. There is a hands-on commitment to learning about and gaining expertise in the 'old craftsmanship' - and a real hope that this can be preserved and will be integrated into a viable career. One can only hope that this is somehow supported. We are too ignorant of what state/regional/local aid is actually helping and how 'smart' the policies are in capitalising on this commitment and integrating with new technologies. Can't help being interested in what's going on - old habits die hard, and maybe we can do something practical in encouraging and facilitating these 'energies'.
We will now do an occasional 'blog post update' specifically on the bread-oven and forge restoration.
What else then? Well, a bit more prosaic - but can't resist updating on how our garden plans have been going. As we have related, we have been less than pleased with how our 'wildflower area' and its millions of seeds has been progressing - but, there has now been a little bit of progress ... it is looking a little more like a wildflower area ... and the view across the pond to the area is starting to look a little like we intended: