Hi, I'm Anne; new to two things - sourdough and blogging! Actually, that's not quite true. I did have a dalliance with sourdough about a year ago, but my attempts didn't work out too well and I decided to concentrate on improving my skills with yeast-based loaves. I have a full-time job and a three-year-old daughter, and finding the time to bake my own bread was difficult. But then I realised that it was of such vital importance to me to be feeding my family good, wholesome bread rather than processed rubbish that I just had to find the time. I created my own sourdough starter on 7 January, and have so far managed to keep it alive (albeit I've just used it in a loaf today and it smells a bit too sour - we'll see!). I have used it to create pure sourdough loaves and also to enhance the flavour of yeast loaves too, with varying degrees of success. My aim for this year is to get in lots and lots of practice; to always have fresh bread available; to expand my repertoire and to see a distinct improvement over the next 12 months. My dream, however, is to start a community bakery. I would love to bake for a living and also teach people in my local community how to bake their own bread too. I've joined the Real Bread Campaign http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/  and am hunting out other kindred spirits, so I was delighted to end up here! Hints, tips, advice, criticism all gratefully received!