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Benediction on Mount Norman

We stood on that high ground …

We stood on that high ground
Looking down at the inlet
Our eyes like eagles, 
Dropping over the tops of fir and cedar
The moss-covered rock
Over the quiet water below
And out into the islands and the sea opening into the sunlight.
There was no horizon.

Our legs were warm from the climb
Our lungs still calling for air
Blood coursing through the limbs.
This small victory, this high moment.

We spoke of our lives in the purist terms
As if cleansed by the journey of all the dross,
About what we had made
And who we had loved
About our laughter and our tears
About our bodies alone and together
And what we had made

And I thought of my hands that morning
And of the small benediction I said
Before kneading the dough
The flour, water, salt and warmth
And the dough springing to life
By touch and prayer.

You pulled some of that bread
From your pack
And we tore chunks, and ate
We drank the water
Like a holy communion
On this perch of rock and earth
Two humans, standing onย 
the top of Mount Norman.

How many times have I seen these loaves tumble out of the oven! If Iโ€™m not in a rush, I like to pile them up and just stand near them a moment, feeling their heat, hearing them crackle, their glorious warm aroma! Seems like a miracle, been working hard since the dark hours of morning, heard the first birdsong, seen freighters moving silently through Boundary Pass, a gentle breeze coming up from the ocean. I know Iโ€™ll pay for all this later in the day with fatigue and thereโ€™ll be several days catching up with sleep. Is it worth it all? Three years into Happy Monk Baking, I still say yes. Happy sleeping, everyone!
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How many times have I seen these loaves tumble out of the oven! If Iโ€™m not in a rush, I like to pile them up and just stand near them a moment, feeling their heat, hearing them crackle, their glorious warm aroma! Seems like a miracle, been working hard since the dark hours of morning, heard the first birdsong, seen freighters moving silently through Boundary Pass, a gentle breeze coming up from the ocean. I know Iโ€™ll pay for all this later in the day with fatigue and thereโ€™ll be several days catching up with sleep. Is it worth it all? Three years into Happy Monk Baking, I still say yes. Happy sleeping, everyone!
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#woodfired #woodfiredoven #woodfiredovenbread #bread #realbread #naturallyleavened #baker #bakery #bbga #artisanbread #breadhead #breadmaking #breadmaking๐Ÿž #sourdough #sourdoughbread #rusticbread, #breadhead, #coboven #earthoven #earthenoven #penderisland #southpenderisland #happymonkbaking #happymonkbakery #happymonkbakingcompany #southerngulfislands #southerngulfislandsbakers #southerngulfislandsbakeries #penderisland
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Fun at 4 in the morning โ€ฆ first load of bread in the oven, first light, first birdsong, making the treacherous walk back inside with a tower of bannetons. In the rain.
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Fun at 4 in the morning โ€ฆ first load of bread in the oven, first light, first birdsong, making the treacherous walk back inside with a tower of bannetons. In the rain.
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These corn kernels are headed to the mill to make cornmeal for Anadama Bread this week. Itโ€™s a bread with origins on the east coast, but that shouldnโ€™t stop us west coasters from enjoying it, too, godanadamit! This is organic field corn from @fieldstoneorganics of Armstrong, B.C. โ€ฆ and the hard red whole wheat from Metchosin, B.C. make this Happy Monk take on Anadama a bona fide west coast phenomenon! Just sayinโ€™!
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These corn kernels are headed to the mill to make cornmeal for Anadama Bread this week. Itโ€™s a bread with origins on the east coast, but that shouldnโ€™t stop us west coasters from enjoying it, too, godanadamit! This is organic field corn from @fieldstoneorganics of Armstrong, B.C. โ€ฆ and the hard red whole wheat from Metchosin, B.C. make this Happy Monk take on Anadama a bona fide west coast phenomenon! Just sayinโ€™!
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  1. lovely!

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