My Sunday morning began bright and early with a cup of coffee and my husband in the car. We were on a mini-vacation. Well for us, this might as well have been a full-blown vacation! We drove an hour out of town to a friend’s farm where we were welcomed into the warmth of a house with a wood-burning stove. We were treated to a delicious breakfast of french toast cooked on the iron skillet with true maple syrup that was good enough to drink (and I don’t even like syrup!).
The pipes had frozen over night, so we drove a few miles down the road to get water fresh from a spring that was coming out of the rocks. We filled up a few buckets, talked about the country and headed back. We walked up to the well where the frozen section of pipes could be found and realized no damage had been done. We took the long way home through the neighbor’s field, into the woods, and back out by the cow pastures.
Panda greeted us there. She was an aptly named bovine and the leader of the herd. She walked toward us a few steps, assessed the situation, issued a long, deep bellow, and the rest of the herd began making their way toward this strange group of four. We just stared at one another, we spoke of he cows, and the cows commented about us. Eventually some of the cows got bored and began to go back about their business so we went back about ours.
After the cow pasture, we walked back to the house where we realized time was running short. Unfortunately this “vacation” really was mini, and we had to leave in time to make it back into town for a dinner party. We had a lunch of great conversation mixed with spaghetti made with a marinara sauce left from a canning party when the crops were abundant, venison meatballs (again, cooked in the iron skillet), ciabatta rolls, and salad before rushing off to get back in the car and make the drive back to reality.
It was such a joy to be away from town with my best friend and two other wonderful friends. More than anything I cherished the pleasantness of being lost out of doors without the clock just focusing on things that are truly important…those we love. It was a perfect commencement to the holiday season which has just begun.