A shorter post this week for a shorter week. I took a couple days off to catch up on some things and attend the newly reopened SFMOMA here in the Bay Area (the pic above is from the Leonor Antunes exhibit of new work, which I loved), and yesterday went up to the Marin Headlands to visit a friend who’s doing a residency there. Baked a bit, read a bit, just a few links. Lighter week as we really ease into May. (And speaking of, how is it possibly May already?!)
Tomoe River Notebooks from Goulet Pens - Goulet Pens
While I have it in mind that I don’t want to post too many promo blog posts, I have to say, these notebooks seem like a KILLER deal. I’m going to split an order with a coworker soon because I’m very curious what the thicker Tomoe is like.
Top 5 Inks - Fountain Pen Quest
Always like reading about favorites. I really like that R&K, too bad it was an LE. I did notice Anderson Pens seems to at least have samples available still, so maybe I’ll grab a couple of those.
Tsubame Fools University Notebook - My Precious Krafts
Just found Joanna’s blog last week after she posted a comment here and it’s great! This is a really thorough review of a nice looking notebook. The 100 pg version especially seems like a good deal.
Top 3 Favorite Pen Brands - Gentleman Stationer
That third pick was a twist! I don’t know much about Delta, and the one Delta I have is part of my to-sell pile (I should really post that list of pens for sale, shouldn’t I?). I definitely hadn’t written the brand off, but it wasn’t very high on my list of brands to acquire more of, perhaps it deserves a closer look.
Chicago Pen Show 2016 - The Pen Addict
Come for the rundown, stay for that beautiful Montblanc Brad bought!
The beer and cheese bread I mentioned last week was a rousing success, some pictures during the bake, and I finally remembered to take a crumb shot of some bread! Also, pictured even though I didn’t mention it last week, that jar of reddish orange liquid was a first batch of naturally fermented orange soda. Unfortunately one of the glass bottles exploded in my hand. It was a very messy, and if I'm being honest a bloody, affair. Even though I did get cut and my glasses did get broken, I’m mostly whole still, and planning to make some more soon with different bottles.
Otherwise just a couple loaves with commercial yeast this weekend for the Marin Headlands trip. Both starters are in the fridge, will take out the dark rye one later this week to bake for a dinner on Saturday. The next month or so I’m going to play around with baking during the week, trying a few different schedules. And after that I’m going to embark on some scaling bakes, i.e. I’m going to work on baking 6 or so loaves in one go.
Finished Perdido Street Station and that’s about it. I’ve been catching up on New Yorkers again, and kind of casting about for the next novel to tackle.