Yesterday we had fresh Lobster, and as a pathetic southerner we had to do the dirty deed & do away with the Lobster before we ate it. Being that we are used to going to a supermarket , butcher or fish mongers and buying already slaughtered meat ready done. We had to experience the humanly killing of our food before we ate it. For those who want to judge , do not read this part of the blog DO NOT judge before you experience a crofter or fisherman's life on Islands , we as southerners that have supermarkets on our doorstep are spoilt I am first to recognise that aspect of what I had in Manchester by living up here we no longer have a Tescos 6 Min's down the road . All animals up here are cared & reared with the up most respect for its lifetime and all animals / fish are humanely treated during its life and after.
It is after all what ends up in supermarkets and butchers after all only we don't get to see the gritty part. Anyway I can say I felt that much guilt being a southerner doing the deed along with my husband that at first I did not want to eat it , but I realised that would not give the respect it deserved by not eating it. So myself and The Husband did. It was amazing and I know that when we come to rear our Turkeys for Christmas Time it will another experience the three of us would be fortunate enough to witness if we were not living on this island. We will be caring for our food knowing that it is our food , the same as our hens that give us eggs, they are looked after and are free to roam all over our land ( what we have of it ) and we get top notch eggs for doing so. If we ever came back to Manchester, one of the first things I would do after shopping for shoes ( cannot change that much ) would be restart with the Hens , do the turkeys if a success , go to farmers markets or source farmers direct so I know how my food is reared.
Concerning food up here I have learned alot. People grow there own veg up here something what The Husband wants to do , he can I won't as I know I am too lazy in the digging and weeding part. But the outcome of your own veg you cannot beat it. I remember my dad growing his own veg and I wonder if he felt as fulfilled as they do up here. Something that I will never find out though ahh well .