As we’ve said many times before, everyone on the Homestead has their strengths. That’s what makes the place so strong; everyone taking responsibility for the things they excel in while neatly sidestepping the rest. The Bean Counter, for example, assumes the ongoing happiness and well being of all on the Homestead as his ultimate duty. He is our supreme caretaker and protector and, as such, has been sorely taxed lately as our collective mood has been rather blue. Another of his strengths is the stockpiling of “interesting facts”. This makes him first pick for any quiz team but does prompt the odd heavy sigh and eye roll around the dinner table with his catchphrase, “I heard an interesting fact today…”
Charlemagne’s table cloth (it was asbestos and his party piece was to chuck it on the fire, apparently) and Al Capone being responsible for the “best before” date on milk are currently two of his favourites, but it was another “interesting fact” combined with his role as Homestead guardian that resulted in this week’s Sage Words.
Declaring we all needed a break away from the everyday that was so grinding us down and bearing in mind an actual holiday (with the Union Homestead’s World Tour 2017 taking all available savings) was out of the question, we were welcomed to our virtual break away…in Austria. The quote reminded us ugly is just a state of mind while the soundtrack (an eclectic mix of authentic Austrian yodelling and Falco) made us all smile, but there was one thing we all wanted to know.
“Well, I found this interesting fact,” he began and for once no one sighed (or maybe it wasn’t audible over Rock Me Amadeus), “that the oldest cake recipe in the world is the Linzertorte, named after the city of Linz in Austria, so I thought I’d give it a go. Apparently it dates back to…” and he was off.
I’m ashamed to say we all zoned out after that, revelling in the rapture that was our individual portion of this delectable Austrian tradition and leaving the table a long while later feeling refreshed, renewed and revitalised from our pseudo break away. The only thing missing was a sprig of Edelweiss which, incidentally * interesting fact * it is illegal to pick in Austria.