A week ago one of the days came that eventually arrive in the farming year, and when they do I am always surprised by the relief I feel. Our roasting chickens went to the butcher last Friday with my husband, and mid-afternoon we had a visit from our favorite livestock haulers who took the pigs to the butcher as well. That night we did a little happy dance and got to toast the end of another season of work. The meat in the freezer is such a great feeling and even though we love the animals that it comes from, when those chores are no longer front and center, it sure is a good feeling.
On Saturday we went to pick up the roasting chickens at the butcher in West Gardiner (Weston’s Meat Cutting) and on the way we stopped at the renowned AI Diner in Gardiner to have some breakfast. It was raining and I didn’t think of taking a photo until we were just about on our way out, but we enjoyed the morning immensely (the food is lovely, too!). It’s nice to get in the truck and not be able to do anything but knit and chat and watch the seasonal changes in the area as we drive through. I am so often caught on my little hamster-wheel of off to work in the dark to rush right home to chores and dinner, without taking a different route. It’s certainly nice to turn left instead of right some days!