This, and the fact that I’m in Vermont now, make me want to get my hands on some dough – I haven’t baked any bread for months. I liked what you wrote about the proofing and photography, and have somehow resisted the new yeasts that don’t require this step – and Id never consider using self-rising flour! Our big heavy ceramic bread bowl is older than our marriage; beige with two stripes around the rim. It’s actually one of the uglier objects in our kitchen but I don’t think we’d be able to part with it.