Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rural Thursday #1, Creative Exchange, Friday Fences, Friday Flash 55 "No Commitment"

This will be linked with Friday Fences #19.  This is near Asheville, NC and taken last fall and I have linked the top photo with "Creative Exchange".

And a brand new challenge, "Rural Thursday #1".  This tomcat hangs out at an old mill where I buy fresh ground flour mixes.  One nice day, I opened my van door and Mr. Tomcat just hopped right in!  I picked him up and told him he had it made right where he was!

No Commitment

Ol' Tom's full of charm
rubbing my leg with a
feline smile, hoping
for a little lovin' in return.

Not promising much,
just willing to spend
a night, maybe two, before
he's off howlin' for  more
at another door.  His
gorgeous green eyes
honestly twinkle
"no commitment".

Perhaps that's why
I offer the porch instead.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, February 2, 2012

This is for Mr. Know-it-Alls' "Friday Flash 55", a story in 55 words, no more, no less.  (linking up after 8 pm every thursday evening)

 This mill is over 100 year old, and this angle, believe it or not isn't her "good" side.  As the traffic is busy around 4 pm, I am unable to safely walk along the side of road for the perfect location.  One Saturday morning I will drag my sorry self out of bed early and get a beautiful shot of this place and share a bit of its history with you.

I have also been interviewed over at "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Real Toads Interview"!  Thanks, Lolamouse for doing a wonderful job.  I am truly, truly humbled that you selected me.  So, hop on over if you get a chance, not necessarily to read about me but to check out this wonderful community of poetic encouragement.  Thanks IGWRT's for the honor!  


Mama Zen said...

Incredible shots, Margaret!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful pictures. I love love love orange/yellow tom cats :-) When I was in college there used to be one by my apartment that I fed and fell in love with. Thanks for linking up with Rural Thursday!

TexWisGirl said...

what a pretty place! and a great feline guard, too! even if he is willing to leave his post!

Anonymous said...

These ARE great shots of the mill, but I'll definitely be looking for more! I love the history of those old places & I love that stone foundation!!! =)

The kitty reminds me of my Ol Leo, very friendly cat, too! =)

Fantastic shot of the girl w/ the mountains in the background!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Wow -- you take awesome photographs and write poetry? What a wonderful post this is.

I can't name a favorite photo, they are all so endearing to me. The cat and the mill are fantastic.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rural Thursdays. I'm so glad we found each other! :)

Tanya said...

oh that's so funny about mr tom hitching a ride with you! beautiful photos and i look forward to the history lesson, love that red wheel!

lisa said...

Margaret, this cat looks exactly like Kitty (the stray I took in)!! Well, ok, Kitty is about 10 pounds heavier, so I am trying to feed her a bit less food.

I love the first photograph here. Wonderful mood and beautiful landscape.

Congratulations on the interview. I was just there, and thought it was great. Thought you had been blogging for more than 2 years.

Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a wonderful evening!


Nancy Reinke said...

Margaret, your photographs are wonderful. I love the way the red pops in the mill shots. And that top photo is stunning. Well, they're all great and your poetry is, too. Aren't horses grand? I don't own any, but love having three next door. Cheers.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Just beautiful.

Pat said...

Spectacular scenery and a cute cat too! I love it!

Michaele said...

You are an amazing photographer. Love your blog!

G-Man said...

Ashville NC has spectacular Vista's. And of course you do them Justice. I just loved your Tom Cat story. Talk about Lucky? He gets immortalized by you, PLUS he gets to rub against hour Leg?
Loved your 55 Margaret Bednar
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Debbie said...

what a wonderful group of photographs, you have a great eye for capturing the beautiful!!

i LOVED the first picture, everything about it. it was difficult to notice the fence, with all the other beauty!!

hedgewitch said...

Neat and so felinely accurate 55, and gorgeous photos here, Margaret. Thanks for sharing them.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Beautiful! We have a big fat barn cat that looks just like yours! I like this..."howlin' for more at another door". You got it.

Brian Miller said...

ha how finicky the cats are...mine wakes us up like an alarm at 530 in the morning to go out...just as his sister did before that...nice pics margaret

Charade said...

Love the reds in the old wheel. And even though your poem is humorous, I find it moving. I'm thankful Rural Thursdays allowed me to visit your site.

Cad said...

Plenty of stuff to go with your 55! :)

Beth said...

wow, what great shots. stopped by from "rural journal" but if you did "friday fences" i will see you again soon. ha. ha!! (:

izzy said...

Oh, that red wheel- Gorgeous!!!
The poem about a Tom- yeah they are just Hobo's...and you were right to bump him back onto home turf.
Can't wait for more pictures!

Anna said...

What a great collection of captures! Your CE entry is striking - wonderful color and composition. My other favorite is the second to last shot, the mill wheel close-up - again, great design and rich, yummy color!

Teresa said...

Those shots are wondeful! It really looks like a beautiful place.

Teresa said...

You've captured the personality of a Tom cat perfectly!

moondustwriter said...

You deserve the interview!!
The shots are beautiful as always
Thanks for being you
I may not get a card out to thank you but I promise there will be a poem about you
Thanks you made my week!!
Love and hugs

Tifiny said...

cute cats,
honest reflections, well done 55.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Raven said...

The photographs are absolutely breathtaking.

Doctor FTSE said...

Photos a wonderful accompaniment to your FFF55

Dom said...

Those mountains are incredible :)

Ginnie said...

Bravo on the images and congratulations on the interview!