With the end of double digging has come the end of doubled-upchores. Emily has remained out in the garden doing battle with the cucumber
beetles, and occasionally the swallows, while I have moved into the kitchen (a
dubious improvement in climate with temps in there hitting 95+). Recent projects
have included candying pansies (much harder than it sounds), replenishing sauces
and desserts, experimenting with new flavors of scones and attempting to produce
We've added a new dish to the menu - yogurt-marinated local lamb with
tabboleh, baba ganoush and a yogurt-mint sauce. But to me this means much more
than just a menu change since I was entrusted with putting together all of these
various elements! Despite some performance jitters my Lebanese heritage pulled
through and I'm quite proud of the results. The first night we put it on the
menu I sat in the back room, not quite biting my nails, but at least imagining
that this was how parents must feel at a child's first ballet recital. No orders
that night, but we sold two the following night to good reviews!
On another front, we've had a loss here at the Squire Tarbox Inn. One of
our goats, a sweet little boy by the name of Bobby, passed away this afternoon.
It's a reminder to suburbanites like me who turn their rose-tinted sights on
sustainable food production that although the garden is full of new shoots and
buds there is another side to this particular coin. Poor Bobby was off for
about a week, but in the end he didn't suffer long, had a beautifully sunny and
breezy last morning and he's now resting peaceful under the cherry trees at the
bottom of the garden. We will miss his antics and goatee (no pun intended) in
the goat barn, but are glad for his sake that he's no longer in pain.
Signing off from mid-coast Maine, enjoy the official beginning of
The Squire Tarbox Inn
The Squire Tarbox Inn is a Midcoast Maine Bed and Breakfast in the Boothbay Harbor area, & listed as a historical Inn on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quiet country Inn surrounded by fields, stone walls and woods.