Saturday, January 26, 2008

Charming Farming, in the Middle of the City...


This photo above started out as an attempt to share with you a charming little estate and mini-farm in the middle of East Memphis (shown just below). My husband noticed that the horses were out, and thoughtfully pulled over so that I could take a photo or two (I'm lucky to have a fun and spontaneous hubby, who also knows a fun photo-op when he sees one!)

Every time I pass this little estate, I'm reminded of the charming photos I see posted by bloggers in the British Isles or Ireland. This area at one time was filled with estate-sized lots with beautiful houses and sometimes livestock, but most land in this section has been sold and developed into upscale hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and offices.

This family seems to be the lone holdout (good for them!), and I always enjoy riding past their property. Soon, I'll show you more photos of this land, complete with two old silos covered in wysteria, which is breathtaking in early Spring, and a lovely home. Absolutely dreamy.

As soon as I took the photo above, the tan-colored, smaller horse (Shetland?) took a keen interest in what I was doing. He immediately started toward me at a quick trot.

By this time, he is coming fast and hard (and he's not a small one), and through the still-open car door, I can hear my husband and son laughing loudly, wondering if I'm going to stand my ground and still take photos. (Of course I am...I'm not scared, after all, there's a chain-link fence between my new friend and me!).

He stops for a moment, perhaps to make sure I'm also friendly (he doesn't know me, either, does he?)...

...and then comes right up to the fence to see if I have anything yummy to offer him (sadly, I didn't). I'm laughing and at the same time wishing I had much faster-shutter speed!

Here, he's looking down to see if perhaps I've dropped something yummy instead...I must have been a huge disappointment as his newest friend!

I hope that you enjoyed meeting him, too....he really was a sweetie. I also hope that you are having a warm and fun-filled weekend!

13 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Exceptional photography and interesting story with them.

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Joy said...

What a sweet pony! I have ridden one before, but never had the opportunity to properly learn how to ride.

Do you ride?

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Annie said...

He is a sturdy little fellow, isn't he.

You and I both have Arkansas-Tennessee connections, I see. I'll show some more photos of Hot Springs this week. And I 'll come back to see more of your photos, too.

Dan said...

Great story and great photos to go with it. Wonderful job on this and on recognizing an opportunity when you see one.

In the neighboring town of Plano we have about an 80 acre working ranch right in the middle of town. I am not sure how the owners can hang on. The property tax must be astronomical. But, I am glad they do.

Jim said...

How neat. The horse is so cute.

Rambling Round said...

Great that your hubby stopped to let you shoot these neat photos!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Doesn't look like they miss many meals. :)

Jilly said...

What a lovely horse and great photos too. Love the story.

smilnsigh said...

Oh he is precious! Will you go back with an apple or something? :-) I hope!

Mari-Nanci

PAT said...

O my goodness Andrea, I love this. I did a post about Butterscotch pony and Molly. Mari-Nanci saw it and told me to come have a look at your pony photos!

Pat

Thiên said...

Yes, I love the story and I love the little guy! He's so cute!

Beverly said...

I am from Memphis, I said hello earlier. Where is this? Just a general area will do, if you do not want to say exactly. In East Memphis proper, or in the county?