Strange events at a marina

Photo prompt curtsy of Jeff Arnold

Before the marina had been built, time in this area had stood still for centuries. Once four buildings had graced a track which terminated at the marina’s site. The first a church without windows and doors, next a abandoned blacksmiths. A farm without a farmer. Lastly a derelict Manor House.

When a gypsy caravan rolled up to the marina, those who relaxed on board boats where unprepared for what happened. The caravan delivered two strange individuals. A tall man, bright red from head to toe, and a woman with red hair that touched the ground.

Then the bulldozed buildings reappeared…

Footnote: This is a rework of a former post. In honour of a old friend Bill Thornber who helped me with the original. My friend has past away because of this dreadful virus, he will be much missed. Rest in peace Bill.

One of my many notebooks

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. Susan A Eames

    Goodness, what a terribly sad reason for reworking this story. So sorry for your loss

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    1. Michael Humphris

      Bill was one of a kind, I will sorely miss him

  2. neilmacdon

    At least they spared the boaters! I liked “farm without farmer”

    1. Michael Humphris

      Neil I am not sure that those on the boats will get away so easily

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Very descriptive. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

    Shalom and continued health,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, Bill was one of a kind, I will miss him.

  4. Iain Kelly

    Sorry to hear about your friend Mike. Take care. Intriguing story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, Bill was one of a kind, I will miss him.

  5. Anita

    So who were the two imports to their land? Things changed after their visit…
    Sorry to learn about your friend.
    May all be well.
    Stay home. Stay safe.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The visitors where spirits from the past. Whether they are good or bad is not clear. I am staying home except for one very late nigh walk with my dog. My friend Bill lived a hundred miles away. He had such knowledge and a quirky humour, he will be missed.

  6. trentpmcd

    Intriguing story. I’m sorry about your friend.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was a story that I thought about expanding. My friend Bill was always ready to help with any research needed to develop a story.

  7. ceayr

    Nothing like a good ghost story to lighten the mood, Michael.
    Condolences.

    1. Michael Humphris

      My good friend Bill enjoyed many kinds of literature. The story now feels like a ghost story, at first I had something else in mind for its on going development.

  8. Sandra

    Intriguing. So sorry about the loss of your friend, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra. Bill was a good friend, he often surprised me with his wide knowledge of literature.

  9. granonine

    Magical gypsies? Of course!

    Condolences on the loss of your friend, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Linda. Bill had a quirky humour and was widely read. He was always ready to help.

  10. Dale

    So sorry for the loss of your friend, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, my friend Bill read veraciously. The lockdown destroyed his style of life.

      1. Dale

        It has affected most everyone…

  11. msjadeli

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your good friend.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is kind of you to say so, thank you so much. Mike

      1. msjadeli

        You are very welcome.

  12. Nobbinmaug

    I’m sorry about your friend. When so many of us are complaining about being stuck at home and lack of toilet tissue, it’s a sobering reminder of what’s at stake.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are so right, a sobering reminder it was. Thank you for your condolence

  13. Na'ama Yehuda

    I am so so sorry for your loss, Michael. These are difficult times. Thank you for sharing this as a tribute, with us.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Na’ama, I hoped, sharing this would act as a reminder of how everyone needs to try and protect friends and family against this virus

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        Yes, we all should do our part to protect those who need protecting. And those who care for those who are ill.

  14. Brenda's Thoughts

    The beginning of a very intriguing story. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Michael. Take good care!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Brenda, I hoped, sharing the loss of my good friend would act as a reminder of how everyone needs to try and protect friends and family against this virus

  15. theministryofshrawleywalks

    Sorry for your loss, its an awful thing, this virus, but I think this piece is a fitting tribute to your friend. Stay safe

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, the virus is awful. I hoped, sharing the loss of my good friend, would act as a reminder of how everyone needs to try and protect friends and family against this virus

  16. pennygadd51

    You are very expert in your use of symbolism, going beyond writing technique and into the place from which emotion wells. This story is moving, and is a fitting tribute to your friend.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is kind of you to say that Penny. I hoped, sharing the loss of my good friend would act as a reminder of how everyone needs to try and protect friends and family against this virus

  17. draliman

    A mysterious visit – for better or worse, only time will tell.
    So sorry to hear about your friend.

    1. Michael Humphris

      This is kind of you, thank you, draliman

  18. Eugenia Parrish Author

    Well done. Boat pictures seem to be taking a lot of us to the past.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you… Perhaps with the current situation may of us are rather reflective,

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