The Little Kitchen That Could

I shared a photo and post in November, 2017 about a beautiful experience Kathy and I literally stumbled into.  You can read the original post here.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Fast forward a year and 3 months … I received a note (posted below) from Tom Hare, the passionate owner and artist of this fantastic work-of-art cabin.  His note completely made my day, and it reminded me how seemingly small things can have lasting impressions.

BTW – Tom rents cabins and gives tours!
Briar Rose Farm or Listed on AirBNB

Tom’s Note:

Dear Mark,

I hope things are going good for you, as things are going good for me. Thanks for giving me a new direction to travel in my life. That photo you took of my kitchen changed everything for me. 

As I told you, my cabin made Home Of The Week in two major newspapers in 2018; it was also featured again in both of those papers in an end-of-the-year recap of the best kitchens and bathrooms. My cabin, which came in under $5,000 for everything, was up against $35,000 kitchens in $1,000,000 homes. You can imagine what this did for me and my self esteem- I had to go to town to get measured for a bigger hat. 
I am now trying to get a grant to finish this farm off. Some of my projects include:
  • Building a blacksmith shop
  • Building an outhouse with a flush toilet
  • Getting the spring house working again
  • Signage for the nature trail
  • Getting the saw mill working again
  • Refurbishing my gasoline powered Maytag washing machine (It washes clothes, makes butter and ice cream, and grinds meat! This runs on       1920s technology, and I can’t even get a cell phone to work here)
  • Building a summer kitchen
  • Starting a farm garden like old farmsteads used to have
  • Registering both farms as film locations. 
All of this just started to come to mind after you took that photo of my kitchen. On February 23, a photography club will be coming here for a field trip, and they will want to know what kind of camera and lens you used when you took that photo.
Mark do you see what has happened here? That one photo you took is worth thousand words and new ideas. 
Thank you so much,
This entry was written by Mark , posted on Sunday February 24 2019at 09:02 pm , filed under Architecture, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

3 Responses to “The Little Kitchen That Could”

  • Carl Gandolfo says:

    Great to see this again….such a telling story on the impacts we leave on this planet, even though we may not realize it. It’s the little things we do for people that have the greatest affect!!

  • Jerry McCart says:

    What a wonderful confirmation of how we can impact one another. Each person we come in contact with gives and receives. I am grateful and blessed you, Kathy, and your family have touched my life.

    • Mark says:

      Thank you, sir! Indeed, we underestimate the impressions we can make. And ditto to you and Betsy … so blessed to have you as friends (though many, many miles away now)!

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