Travelling to Skye

Photo prompt by C E Ayr

Photo prompt by C E Ayr

Dear Mum

I had a rather eventful journey home, I did manage to catch the night train to Glasgow as planned. There seems to be less and less people traveling by train these days. I found a quiet compartment with just one frail old lady. She saw the badges on my rucksack, which led to conversation. So it came out that I was an illustrator traveling to Skye. She knew of my work. We talked about so many things, including playing the bagpipes.
It turned out her great great grandfather had led the highlanders into battle playing the pipes. But back to my companion. She had just let it slip that she was a founder member of the Plumage League, when the ticket inspector arrived. He checked my ticket then left. So I turned back to my traveling companion, saying how surprised I was that he did not want to see her ticket. Guess what mum, I was alone in the compartment. My companion had vanished into thin air. Now when I look back, I realise she was wearing Edwardian clothes and that the Plumage League, in time became the RSPB. Tomorrow I will start on my illustrations for the RSPB.

Footnote.
The Plumage League predates the RSPB [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] Emily Williamson nee Bateson was born in 1892, she also founded the Gentlewomen’s Employment Association in Manchester…

Mike attempting to  write.

Mike attempting to write.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    A little bit of mythical mystery on a train journey. Nice one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Iain I hope that there are alternative interpretations to what might have seemed like a ghostly experience.

  2. Abhijit Ray

    An unusual experience. You travelled with a lady, who was not real. Why did she appear before you?

  3. anuragbakhshi

    Oooh, spooky.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That was the reaction I was hoping for, thank you so much…

  4. Jules

    I enjoy how you incorporated that bit of history in your piece.
    Enough to make me go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumage_League

    Thank you.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jules, I have a soft spot for English Victorian history, but I realise how little I know about world history from the same period

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