Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trades - The Baker

 With basket at back, no labour he grudges,
 But whistles and sings, while onward he trudges
 Through hail, rain, or snow, or sultry hot weather;
 His pride is "To keep his connection together."
 To the mistress a bow - a smile to the maid -
 Doughy knows pretty well how to manage his trade;
 Extols the girl's beauty while a loaf she is taking,
 Then tells her what care he will take of her baking;
 Asks her to buy a few biscuits, or cakes,
 Proclaiming what beautiful french bread he bakes;
 Thus Doughy goes on with a good word to all,
 His face it is welcome where 'ere he may call.
 From March's Penny Library 1860

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Here is a great video that I have found with instructions for making a bread oven: