Today marked a sad day. My breadmaking machine was gifted to me back in 2005 by a VSO volunteer when it arrived for her from Australia, smashed to bits in the post, just as she quit. I managed to get it working with sellotape, screwdriver and superglue, and it was something of a lifeline, being 14 hours from the nearest decent bakers. Now, over 5 years and 150+ loaves later, it's finally making its last loaf. Dough leaks out, something electrical seems to be burning inside, the plug only works intermittently and my flour and yeast supplies have finished. More importantly, Ava has a new breadmaker machine at her flat and there's a decent bakers next to my school. So after this last loaf, it's into the communal rubbish tip, as I shed an emotional tear!
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