The phantom dinner

Prompt from: Dale  Rogerson

Prompt from: Dale Rogerson

“I see she’s a regular dinner here Bert. Do you both still sing Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

“No my Mary’s right grown up now, but she still pops in for special occasions. She was here yesterday, dinned with Emily. Gave her a few tips. You know how to get the best out of an umbrella in London. I even heard her telling Emily to watch out for Chimney Sweeps. I did laugh”.

“Bert have you still got that old car, you know Chitty, the one Coggins sold you”.

“I have”.

“Well let’s go and join Mary, or should I say Julie”.

Footnote: My original post for this prompt was written as a continuous flow of words; almost as if Bert was dreaming… Following two requests I have posted two alternative versions. I will be interested to know how this version feels Mike.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Nope. Don’t get the references. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    1. Michael Humphris

      glad you stopped by Neil

  2. Iain Kelly

    A topical film reference – saw the trailer for the new Mary Poppins due out this Christmas – it does look good 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      It will need to be good, as it has a lot to live up to. Glad you stopped by Iain

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I enjoyed the whimsical exchange and definitely got the movie references. However, it would have been easier to follow had the characters’ lines been spaced out rather than lumped into a continuous paragraph. Cute story, nonetheless.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry Rochelle … I think you are right, but at the present time my thought processes cannot make it happen.

  4. pennygadd51

    A nice take on the prompt, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to read your comment Penny…I feel that I may have reached a crossroads with my writing. Time will tell.

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Great use of the umbrellas…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn, glad you stopped by.

  6. lisarey1990

    A very nice take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lisa, I am pleased you liked it.

  7. Dale

    So enjoying the references to beloved films (especially with the new Mary Poppins coming out – can’t wait!) but must tell you. It is very difficult your insisting on not at the very least changing paragraphs with each speaker…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Dale, I am glad you enjoyed the references, I am also looking forward to seeing the new Mary Poppins film. Sorry about the lack of paragraphs in this flash post. It reflects the way in which my thought processes turn out stories. For some reason with this particular post, I was unable at the time to modified it.

  8. Keith's Ramblings

    Took a couple of reads but it was well worth it! Cleverly done Michael

  9. spicedmullings

    Took some time to understand!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am sorry about that, I have now posted a second version, with a footnote. However I now think that the two posts have reversed their positions.

      1. spicedmullings


  10. Abhijit Ray

    Nice use of umbrella.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I have posted a second version devided into paragraphs etc. However I the two posts may have reversed their positions.

  11. Bernadette Braganza

    Wait… Who’s Julie?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Bernadette, the part of Mary Poppins in a film was played by Dame Julie Andrews. She is now an author. In the next few weeks there is to be a new film released called Mary Poppins Returns. The original film showed Mary Poppins floating skywards holding an umbrella

      1. Bernadette Braganza

        Hmm. Never saw the movie. Guess I’ve something on my watchlist this weekend.

        1. Michael Humphris

          It was a film that I enjoyed watching with my children.

  12. Brenda's Thoughts

    A whimsical tale with Bert, Mary, and the car “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Loved it! =)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Brenda, I am pleased you enjoyed it

  13. 4963andypop

    Nice mashup of a few beloved Dick Van Dyke movies from my youth. Talk about making good use of an umbrella as a prop– or a chimney sweeps wand! And the beloved song “toot sweets!” You brought it all back. Cant wait for their next adventure.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The umbrellas spoke to me, I am glad that you enjoyed it

  14. Anshu Bhojnagarwala

    Took some time to figure out. Finally got it – references to some lovely movies.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The umbrellas just carried me away, sorry that the movies where only slowly revealed, butthey where great movies.

    2. Michael Humphris

      I am sorry that the link to the films was not clear. When I originally wrote this post I did so as if Bert was dreaming. I am glad that you preserved, thank you.

  15. subroto

    A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be. Nice one with references from two of my favourite childhood movies (and I even had the Mary Poppins series of books.).

    1. Michael Humphris

      They where great movies, having the books must have been lovely, I am glad you popped by,

  16. granonine

    Two wonderful classics that children still love and we old folks can still enjoy. I liked your take on this prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So glad to read your comment, thank you

  17. JoHawkTheWriter

    Creative take on the prompt. While I did get the movie references I will admit that as a child I was never a fan of either movie. Call me a weirdo.

    1. Michael Humphris

      If we all liked the same thing it would be boring.

      1. JoHawkTheWriter

        Very true.

  18. Sarah Ann

    Having read both versions, I prefer this one. It flows better and the two character voices come over really well.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was grateful that you read both posts, and I now understand better how differcult it is to read a continuous stream of uncensored dreams

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