Our house is a real treasure cove, with useful old things and precious collectables. Whenever the time allows it, (which doesn’t happen often) I like to search through forgotten attic boxes and cellar cupboards. I had picked up that habit as kid one fine afternoon when I was alone at home. Precisely I had actually started to rummage in the house when I understood the good old Papa Noel “truth” (Santa Clause). So just before Christmas I d take my time looking through, just to make sure I knew what was awaiting me in my Christmas boots. Soon I started to come across long forgotten things and you know in a cold climate country such as Austria, things don’t get spoiled as such compared to a tropical climate.
Books from an other time, newspapers from the last war, pretty looking plate and tea sets and of course paper money which was as big as a A5 page. Well.. I came across several exciting artifacts, but one thing was lying all these years around without that I knew about it’s existence. To my surprise, my mother took it out some time back and showed it to me. It is an oldern time pocket watch! Apparently it was part of the items my grandfather had left us. Honestly, that was my first glimpse at such a watch. Of course we all have seen those in movies etc., but I for once had never seen one in “real”!
Oh, how much I wished the watch could tell me it’s story. Who made it, where did it come from and why has the horse an insignia which looks like to be a F and a R? The chain is heavy with the horse at the end, the watch solid, created in care. It is older then any of us, that much is sure… I am blasting of curiosity and I have decided to take it pretty soon to a jewelery here around. Maybe they ll be able to lift the mystery behind the pocket watch!
In the meanwhile, let’s enjoy a creamy, homemade, flavorful Rhubarb Tarte! I made it with our garden own Rhubarb crop, a creamy orangy almond paste and our family shortcrust pastry recipe. Don’t despair here if you don’t own a rhubarb plant, because at least nowadays rhubarb is available pretty much everywhere and especially at this time of the year. So maybe you can grab some from your local market and follow this recipe in all ease, so that you can enjoy a real slice of sweet pastry heaven, while enjoying a warm Tea or coffee at the side.
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