Cheers, 3.14 Guy (I like what you did there) Norma and Bob!
After crack fixing, I made a couple of pizzas. The cracks reappeared and the brickwork on the arch has taken a bit of a hit, but overall for my first efforts on this oven, I was quite pleased.
The second one was better, flavour and crust-wise, but I was also at the other end of a 6 pack by then, so - as a man of science - my judgement may have been clouded. It was also getting dark by then, as well as windy, and looking like it might rain. Anyway, they cooked fast. I gave them a spin half-way through (i wasn't timing but i'm fairly sure half-way was less than a minute) to even out the charring and on the second pizza gave it a little longer to get a crisper base. Whatever I can say about the lack of flour here, pizza dough made with the 'white wheat bread flour' has a really pleasing melt-in-mouth quality.
Anyway, here's a picture of pizza no1, that I should have left in a little longer.
Bob - the pizza/wildlife shot I really want is an elephant at the fence behind the oven. My avatar is one of our bull elephants about 4 yards in front of me, but on the other side of our fence. He was stood by our gate which needed closing and was a little antsy about me closing the gate in his face; eventually I'd squatted down by the fence and as he wandered along he clocked me, unsure what I was, but certainly smelling like a person (albeit a very short one) and came to investigate - we have an ''elephobic'' volunteer here who (from some distance away in the house) took a video, which makes me look a lot cooler and calmer about it than I was. An unusual perspective for the photo but I like it! We have a lot of stuff come to the waterhole, some of which may be more familiar (elephants, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, lion, impala) - and some of it perhaps less - (kudu, eland, aardvark). Our facebook page had a shot of three volunteers posing in the pool last November with an elephant behind them, which was neat! Anyway, I really ought to go and do some work..
Thanks again for your interest, pizza people.