Wallabi's Farm: The English Hototogisu Bakery and Farm Blog

Hello, my name is Sara. In 2005 my husband and I bought an old farmhouse in Okayama, borrowed a few fields and set to building ourselves a pleasant rural life. Now, several years on, we have fields a-plenty, what was until the end of 2012 a wheaty bread bakery and is now prepping to be a gluten-free space, and have incorporated our efforts into the Hototogisu Bakery and Farm. Welcome!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Summer Vacation!

We just finished a lovely summer vacation - closed the bakery for a week and a half, did some work on the store and even managed to get away from the house a couple of times. The bakery store now has an oiled floor (so much easier to keep clean than untreated wood!), a wonderful, lovely insulated ceiling (sheeps wool insulation - works even if damp, so no moisture barrier needed, and so very much nicer to touch than that pink fluffy stuff). The walls are now covered with sheetrock and the plaster arrived yesterday, so they might be nice plastered walls soon. We bought a woodstove for the store, a cute, tiny daruma stove, which is something like a pot-belly stove and which could, in theory, take coal as well as wood. There are outlets in the store, so the computer no longer runs on an extension cord running through the back door to an outdoor outlet, and a nice bank of lights to replace the (also extension corded) clip lights we had been using. Things progress!