Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Backwater

Last week, on Thoughtless Thursday, McVal commented on the photo wanting to know just what kind of backwater I lived in to get these kinds of photos.  Well, I'll tell ya....

I live on 25 acres that is an hour away from the nearest interstate exit.  I live at the dead end of a very small country road.  Most days the only visitor we have is the mail lady.  

The changing night sky provides a lot of artistic entertainment for me. 


Barns are plentiful and I pass many of them on my 20-minute drive to work.  Poor Secret Agent Man has it worse as he drives 50 minutes each way to work.  Yes, we live in the boondocks. 

Mailbox art is not only commonplace, but encouraged I think.  I have always like this smiley faced box.  I pass this on the way to the nearest name brand grocery store......25 minutes away.  Some roads are so small that two cars can barely pass each other.

History runs amok in Smalltownland.  True log cabins still stand with all of the tall tales, some true, that go with them. 

Tiny country roads abound as do old farms, old farmhouses, strange buildings, pastures full of cows and sometimes goats.  Traffic jams are caused by farm implements, tobacco wagons, or elderly people out for a Sunday drive.  People respect God, church, traditions and family.  

We still have a drive-in movie theater and a small town hardware store where gentlemen farmers like to hang out and watch the wildcats play on the television set.  I know this to be true because Secret Agent Man had to knock on the door several times today to get them to open up so he could make a purchase.  You know.....Kentucky basketball makes store owners close up shop when they are playing. Wildcat basketball is practically a religion around here.  

It's all backwater....but, it's all good. 

40 comments:

  1. Loving this post! I grew up some way off the beaten track, and I'm now well advanced in plans to leave the city to be again off the beaten track again (although this time in rural Louisiana rather than rural Australia). It helps to be reminded how much beauty there is away from the asphalt.

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  2. sounds like a great place to raise a family...love your photos...

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  3. *sigh* And you love every second of it.... :)

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  4. Love this post...I'm tempted to put a 'For Sale' sign up and pack the boxes! xo

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  5. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  6. Thanks for this Farmchick. Sometimes I get frustrated with living soooo far off the beaten path. This post helps remind me of the good things.

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  7. This post is fascinating, Farmchick, as is your blog every day. You live such a different life than I do. I am OK with keeping mine, but I love sneaking peeks into yours.

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  8. And it's heaven isn't it :)
    I love your photos!

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  9. Nice! No doubt, the pace is slower, to boot.

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  10. Fortune has blessed you with a truly unique experience...living simply in a complex world...your photos remind me of when my life was simple! Keep 'em coming!

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  11. Thanks for sharing - you have a small slice of paradise :) PS, love the smiley face mailbox

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  12. Looks pretty danged idyllic to me!

    Love the barns, the old log cabin...and the countryside.

    You got it all girl!

    Love from a townie (in the winter),

    Sharon

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  13. We're not quite that rural but everything you've mentioned sounds real familiar......except the Wildcats are called Hokies here. We are Virginia Tech!

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  14. It may be backwater to some, but it sounds like a little bit of Heaven to me!

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  15. Time was when we all thought that the best thing in the world was the road leading out of Smalltownland. We spent eighteen years trying to get out and a lot of us have spent the intervening years since then trying to get back. I've lived in several places, including England, since high school- but Smalltownland is, and always will be, my home.

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  16. LOL! I'm so glad you didn't take my comment wrong!!! That is Gorgeous countryside with such character in every little bitty corner.
    You must spend a fortune in gas just to get anywhere.

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  17. Not many of those Drive~In theaters left 'round. I only know of one myself.

    Love the take on your backwater!

    God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

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  18. Love it! This is the stuff dreams are made of... our dreams anyway!

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  19. Your backwater is very far from mine, but a lot is the same.

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  20. I used to live at the end of a dirt road too but moved to a small town area the end of April. I like both of them. There are good things about both. But the older I get the easier it is to be a little closer to things that I need. I'm not "that old" yet, just planning ahead I guess. Life is what you make it anyway. And I think that I could be really happy in a downtown loft space, close to coffee shops and art galleries, bookstores and lots of street sounds. I could find something interesting about any of it and it seems that you do too. Nature has a way of inspiring us too.

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  21. Don't be knocking on my door during a Wildcat's game. That's the one time I don't answer. :)

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  22. What a wonderful description of where you live! You are so blessed to be in such an area! Enjoy it all as completely as you can!

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  23. I bet it's quiet there. We live in a rural area, but if you drop down the hillside you can hop on the freeway and be in downtown Portland, Oregon in 20 minutes. I'm just glad we have the 5 acres we have as I think humans are meant to have some ground and some space around them.
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  24. To be honest, I have never seen a drive-in movie theater ...

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  25. I'll take living in the boondocks. Civilization is ever so slowly and steadily encroaching on my boondocks :(.

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  26. I have a feeling it wouldn't matter where you lived, you would have a great perspective.

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  27. This is such a beautiful post. Love the countryside. The barns are so beautiful, especially loved the mailbox.
    Have a wonderful day:)

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  28. Living in an old, dirty, noisy town full of rude and loud people, I could probably appreciate some backwater like yours!

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  29. Sounds to me like you live in a paradise!

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  30. Sounds like you and I share the same slice of heaven ;)

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  31. Be still my heart... wow!

    Need I say more?

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  32. It sounds like a movie...I would love to enter...if only for awhile;) I especially want the drive-in movies:)

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  33. Your boondocks living sounds quite appealing -- except for being "convenience challenged". I don't know what I'd do without Whole Foods one block from work. (Yes, every day I realize I'm spoiled.) Wonderful pics -- love the old barns and the smiley mailbox too.

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  34. I love the shot with smiley mailbox!

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  35. It's a different world from mine but I like to sample it on vacation if I can. Not sure how I could deal with it all the time ... However I suppose you thought once.

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