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    Christmas is coming !

    Christmas, baking courses and much much more !

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  • Sourdough September!

    Sourdough September!

    The ninth month is for celebrating sourdough - have a read to find out what we're up to...

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  • French cheese week continues...

    French cheese week continues...

    French cheese frenzy at the loaf !

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  • French cheese week at the loaf

    French cheese week at the loaf

    To celebrate to sporting success of France, we’ve shipped in a few of their finest cheeses!

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  • Beware of sourfaux

    Beware of sourfaux

    As members of the real bread campaign, we are very proud to produce proper bread - this means no flavour enhancers or additives.

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  • Crich Parish Well Dressing 2018 - Sow Seeds of Peace

    Crich Parish Well Dressing 2018 - Sow Seeds of Peace

    The loaf marks its tenth year in Crich by taking part in the 2018 Crich Parish Well Dressing event. In commemoration of the end of World War One, we aim to 'Sow Seeds of Peace'.

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  • We did it!

    We did it!

    The final day of Andrew and Rob Auld's epic cycle from East to West across Britain and Ireland raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Dunmore Head in their sights and some of Ireland's beautiful scenery to cross.

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  • It's a BLEEP BLEEP to Tipperary!

    It's a BLEEP BLEEP to Tipperary!

    On day 4 of their challenge to cycle the 600 miles from England's furthest Easterly point to Ireland's furthest Westerly, Rob and Andrew head from Dublin to Tipperary. 

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  • Wales green for a reason

    Wales green for a reason

    Crossing Wales as part of our five day C2C2C2C. Pressure on to catch the ferry in Holyhead...did we make it?

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  • Across the middle of England

    Across the middle of England

    Second day of 600 mile cycle ride from Ness Point in Lowestoft to Dunmore Head in South West Ireland raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

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Croissants, logistics, cake, Lowestoft and carb-loading

by Andrew Auld

Stopped at the loaf to load up more cake!

It was only natural when planning a big cycle challenge like my brother Rob and I are undertaking that carbohydrates would occupy our thoughts. Where better to load up with a few tonnes than at the loaf?

packing cycling gear fuelled by croissants
Packing and croissants

Earlier on, my last minute packing habit had already necessitated some pre-carb-loading with croissants. I find they help me think. Good job too as James Watt had plenty of questions for me in my live interview on BBC Radio Derby (listen from 10:30am). We did like the four 'bread-related' songs his listeners chose in the run up to my interview. Our favourite was Janet of Whatstandwell's choice: Seven seas of Rhye by Queen. Janet P. was that you?

Hector the puppy peering out of the van
I don’t want to be left behind.

I clearly wasn't the only one doing some thinking...Hector, our young spaniel, had obviously noticed things being loaded into the van. He definitely didn't want to be left behind and took up his position a good 45 minutes before we actually closed the doors and set off! First stop was not too far off...the loaf, Crich. I think you might know it! We picked up some sandwiches for lunch, some cake for the journey and got some last minute good luck wishes from staff and customers. The support has been terrific.

Parked up for tea and cake
Parked up for tea and cake

Our journey to Lowestoft was smooth and uneventful, though having enjoyed our sandwiches on the move, we decided that a tea and cake stop was in order so we pulled off the main road and took a minor detour out to the Sir Peter Scott East Lighthouse on the mouth of the River Nene. Lovely little place to take a walk with the dog on to the Wash nature reserve. Needless to say we also enjoyed our cake from the loaf...not fair to include what we had in the official Cake Review though!

Feeding time
Time for more carbs

On arrival in Lowestoft, we quickly found our AirBnB accomodation and were welcomed by Lorraine and Dennis and shown up to their Top Floor Flat in their lovely town house, just one street back from the sea. It turns out that Dennis has been living with Prostate Cancer for four years so he was really pleased to hear that our total has by now reached over £5000 and is still climbing. Keep making donations if you can on my Justgiving page as it is for people like Dennis that we are about to set off on this ride.

After a quick walk on the beach (Hector's loved his first run on sand...he wasn't sure about the sea though!), it was time to tuck in to our dinner. Carbohydrates dominated of course...Spag. Bol. in great heaps washed down with hydrating squash. If you look closely on the table in front of me you will see a Pain au Levain, sliced and spread with butter and pesto before being wrapped in foil and heated in the oven. Just the ticket!

After more sorting of bags, pumping of tyres, re-checking of kit and studying of the day one route, we tucked in to Lorraine's delicious hand-made Famous Orange Biscuits.

Cake Review: Lorraine's Famous Orange Biscuits


Like a cross between a shortbread and a tea biscuit, these thin, crunchy, buttery biscuits are cut like petticoat tails and dusted lightly with caster sugar. The orange flavour is subtle, but present and the biscuits go well with a cup of all good biscuits should! Thanks Lorraine and we wish Dennis all the very best with his continuing fight against Prostate Cancer.

Only one sleep to go before wheels hit tarmac. Keep reading, keep donating - we really appreciate the thoughts and good wishes.

Andrew and Rob (with Rog and Hector)

Read the other posts about the ride here:

Day 1 - Eastern departure and ambulance excitement

Day 2 - Across the middle of England

Day 3 - Wales, green for a reason

Day 4 - It's a bleep bleep to Tipperary

Day 5 - We Did It!

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