Our Charcoal Tea Towel looks so elegant draped over the marble ~
I first discovered Apple Rose Tarts at The Kitchn (Apartment Therapy), and had to try them with local apples. Perfect for a summer party – convenient like cupcakes, but unexpected and far prettier. They pair perfectly with vanilla ice cream or a chilled rosé.
I have my own version of this recipe of course: No cinnamon, and dark Oxford marmalade as the best preserve for brushing. Make sure to roll the pastry very thin so it cooks through, which also makes more little pies, I'm not silly.
We have put together a video so you can see how it’s done. Try it yourself, or with your children or grandkids – the apples are abundant this time of year, and just waiting to be transformed.
On her travels, Daiva discovered a Linen Museum, located in an old windmill built in 1880.
This small museum explains old traditional techniques of flax cultivation and linen production. Inside the museum Daiva tried out many of the instruments and even had a go at weaving using old Lithuanian looms!
This is dried flax ready for breaking and hackling, to release the fibres. This is the sort of machine a small farm would have had - bigger mills don't look like this. Small weavers would use simple devices without rollers.
These hanks of raw flax in a range of natural colours are ready for spinning. The colour of the fibre depends on the variety of the flax plant, and other factors such as field conditions, or the age of the plant when harvested.
Two of my favorite things in the whole world come together – a lovely bouquet of flax and a free-roaming rooster! And the old millstone repurposed as a planter - slip one of these in your hand luggage...
Next time I’m going with Daiva, it looks so green and peaceful! We’ll call it ‘research.’ *wink*