Hello! From England
First thing to say - this is a great site with some good advice that I really should start following if my bread is going to improve!
I've been baking my own bread off and on for about a year now with mixed results - my sourdough can be a complete triumph or end up looking dreadful, I never get it looking like most of the pics you see of how it could (should?) look.
However, no matter how inconsistant my results are, my bread tastes better than anything I've ever bought from a shop - I live in Wolverhampton (Google it) a "proper" bakery would never get off the ground here. So it's home baked or sliced white.
I look forward to asking for, and hopefully receiving, advice here.