It was a lot more difficult than I imagined it was going to be, but also so much better.
The first day I started making it was on a hot, sticky Sunday afternoon in July 2015. I was very confident that I could dig a square hole in the corner of the garden and make a small wooden frame to outline the perimeter of the oven. I thought it would only take a couple of hours, well….more like six hours!!…
It was very challenging digging the ground as the soil was very dry and even then moving onto making the wooden base was a nightmare! Nailing together four planks of wood wasn’t difficult, but making sure that they were exactly straight sure was. Then once the hole had been dug, andthe wooden square base put in, it took me a further two hours using the spirit level to get it properly level! Our garden is on a slight hill, so I had to pack mounds of soil up around the base at one end and then re-check it was level with the other fours corners. At last, when the little bubble in the spirit level was in the middle of the two lines (anyone who has used one understands this satisfaction) I had competed the first part!
I was too exhausted to be excited. It was after 8pm and the air was still muggy and I was soaked with sweat, after moving around and contorting into all sorts of positions whilst working. Unfortunately, that evening, I was awoken by a very sharp pain in my back, upon siting up quickly, it shot through my lower side and I knew that my back had locked out! It took me ten minutes to get out of the bed and out of the bedroom, hanging off the top of the door and bannister, to try and keep my back from leaning too far forwards. Then I sat on the sofa in pain for a good few hours before shuffling back to bed. It would be over two weeks before it healed well enough to be 100% but I had a pizza oven to finish!….
Tomorrow’s instalment- The pizza oven takes shape! Coming Saturday 10th December