Tuesday, 8 May 2012

May Day


May Day. How did you celebrate? Chesterfield has a long tradition for celebrating May day and Sue and I ventured out despite the weather forecast which promised rain and  an unseasonable coldness. There was a small march and a series of speeches that began "comrades, brothers and sisters..." - the background banner told of how someone dies of mesothelioma every 5 hours. There was a sadness in the air, the weather did not help but it felt this tradition was ailing, the speeches preaching to the converted whilst the rest of Chesterfield continued to shop. Still... the band played on...


the red flags were raised...


The Merry Hell played a marvellous set on a cold and wet afternoon to less than 200 people.

There was music...


...there was dancing...

... and politics...


As a consequence my cheese, coriander and green chilli was left neglected at home fermenting without any folds for 8 hours. I then shaped it and left it a further 2 hours and it made an excellent loaf with a great oven spring. That's what I like about sourdough, its so forgiving!

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