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The Whitehurst Diaries: A misty morning walkabout

Sharon Whitehurst has praise for the morning - a special time in all of Adair County, a daily epiphany for a Gradyvillian - on her morning walkabouts preceded by dialogues with Pebbles the Old Horse, but with the constant, though mostly reticent, companionship with Willis C. Whitehurst, the Renaissance Cat, who's at home at home in 'his' house, in his barn, his pastoral fields of study, or doing misinterpreted scientific reseach on hummingbirds. -CM
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By Sharon Whitehurst
Diary entry 2011-10-08, from Gradyville, KY

Its a rare morning which doesn't reward me for the effort of going outdoors.


Once I have creaked my way into an assortment of warm old clothes and pulled on my Wellies, there is praise for yet another day to go about the simple chores of feeding the barn cats and scooping grain for Pebbles, who, she assures me in trumpeting tones, is about to starve.

The wide-angle photo of the yard accompanying this diary entry and the mist over Big Creek Valley was taken standing on the still-shaded path to the hay barn.

The tall grass in the back field brushes dew-heavy heads against my pant legs. I am soon soaked above the reaches of my boots.

Spiders' webs shimmer into glittering relief as the sun burns through the mist.

I zig-zag through the fine guy wires of stretched spider silk, noting how quickly white mist melts into clear droplets of water as the sun advances. -SHARON WHITEHURST


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The Whitehurst Diaries: A Walkabout with Willis



2011-10-10 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst writes "It is a rare morning which doesn't reward me for the effort of getting outdoors. . . (when) there is praise for yet another day to go about the simple chores of feeding the barn cats and scooping grain for Pebbles." Pebbles the Old Horse is now in retirement on the Whitehurst Estate, and does not walk the paths, but Willis Cat Whitehurst is a constant companion on the walkabouts.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Walkabout with Willis, Rennaissance cat



2011-10-10 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst writes Willis, ever the loyal companion, wallows through wet grass, ahead of me one moment, the next lurking behind a wagon or a clump of weeds to pop out with a cattly equivalent of "Aha!"He patrols the driveway before settling on the now sun-drenched porch to dry his feet. Left photo -SHARON WHITEHURST

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sunlight on the ticklies



2011-10-10 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst captured the glistening of the awns on the ticklies on her walkabout. Ticklies are as important to Adair County romantic encounters and political one-on-ones as boxes of chocolates and candidate cards. Hormonally impelled meetings often culminate sometime later in marriages and big families when, on a first meeting, the teenage boy uses the awn as a tickle brush to tease in the mating ritual, and the young girl feigns annoyance. Her tone in saying "Quit that," conveys affection or rejection. For male politicians, on private meetings with the man of the house, both lean on fences while nibbling on the tender shoots of the ticklies. Eye contact is a bit rare until a common issue is raised, until which, both pol and his mark look at and paw the ground, occasionally spitting into the dust. When a soft probing question reveals common ground, about which something must be did the pol expresses shock, "Did that (xxx) say that!" When the mark agrees, "He sure did. And I got witnesses," the pol says, "Well, when X is elected, that'll change." Never mind they disagree on everything else. That single issue, specific to that voter only, decides the vote. -EW

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The Whitehurst Diaries: A spider web on walkabout



2011-10-10 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Through the mist "Spiders' webs shimmer into glittering relief as the sun burns through the mist." -SHARON WHITEHURST

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