01 December, 2007

The Farm Journal




The drunk man who lives down by Barnard Bridge decorated his mini tractor right up. He is a maximalist from the looks of his handicraft. I've noticed his holiday spirit for a few years now. I find quiet jubilee in his festivities and use of a chromed silhouette of a woman's form. Note how he fastened her to the side of his engine. vroom.

I wish I had a tractor to decorate.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the drunk mans name is Charels Sawyer. Sawyer for sure. He helped me load some boards up at Ramseys' mill one day. It's a chalange to understand his his words but he is kind and obviously quite an artist. I believe he is also land rich to the tune of hundres of acers up in doe branch. (family land) I'm not sure why he would choose to live in the little travel trailer between the tracks and the church. Train used to stop there. Thousands if not millions of hogs and turkeys have overnighted at Barnard during drover drives from Tennessee and Kentucky to Charelston and beyond...

Maybe he's just there keepin' back the kudzu...

I like this picture (and Barnard) a lot!

I'm glad you took it.

nice job.

thanks.

The Red Heart said...

WOW! Thanks for the history bit.

This sounds like a bit of information that only L. W. would know. He is THE feller in the know about Big Pine Property!

Anonymous said...

not realy

Anonymous said...

Tell us about the drovers!

Anonymous said...

from Wilma Dykemans... The French Broad...

"It was estimated by the keepers of the tollgates that between 150,000 and 175,000 Tennessee hogs were driven up the French Broad every year, and the tavernkeepers rivaled each other in their boasts of how many hogs they had fed (corn) in a single month. David Vance whose stand was at Marshall, North Carolina said he had kept 90,000 one month, while the Barnard innkeeper farther up river, said he had lodged 110,000."

That doesn't actually tell you much about the
drovers.

Anonymous said...

Did you sneaker it upstairs after I fell asleep to report this valuable information?

I remember reading about this when I was researching Hot Springs.

Thanks!
PS
Can I get that blank of Chestnut?

ellenjo said...

That photo looks like Jerome, AZ.

Anonymous said...

It all connected ain't it? -Ta