Anyway, I managed to remember the recipe this year just as organic grapes appeared in the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, so I was finally able to get the thing going. Unfortunately the process is kind of long, and I hadn't considered that we were going on holiday. As it happened, the holiday came up before the starter was finished its growing phase, so it came on holiday too. I guess it probably would have come anyway, since you have to feed this new creature to keep it happy. Kind of like a primeval Tamagotchi... which I guess is pretty ancient now itself. Maybe a Nintendog? In any case Anna thought it a little disturbing that my little yeast monster was travelling around with us, getting the royal treatment to ensure it was well-fed and not too hot or too irritated.
The holiday was very nice, although the weather was a little wet... Our annual pilgrimage to the beach was for much of the time grey and drizzly. Still, a beautiful spot.
I did make a piece for a long-suffering customer who commissioned it back in our last couple of weeks at Glebe. He saw one of my pendants based on the Musicians of Bremen folk tale, and having a personal connection with Bremen was enthusiastic about it.. but thought maybe a slightly different design would be better. Our trip and bread and a plumbing overhaul kind of held things up, but I finished it today.
On the market front, I was hoping to book in to the National Folk Festival in Canberra, coming up in April. Unfortunately I just checked the site and applications for stalls ended back in January... So, maybe next year.