The Phoenix Time #29


Charlotte – she asked to be called Charlie – told Carrie that Frank had asked her, if possible to bring back some photos of Durdle Door. Carrie said that, if she were interested, she’d be visiting Lulworth Cove the following day anyway and suggested that they travel together. She explained that it would take about one and a half hours to get to the car park there and asked Charlotte if she’d like to travel with her.


Charlotte was delighted at the prospect of having company but insisted that she should contribute to the costs. Carrie asked whether Charlotte had brought walking boots with her – the short hike from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door would be a lot easier in boots rather than trainers. Charlotte had – and would bring them with her for the walk. It was soon agreed. Carrie would pick her up at Charlotte’s hotel – which was less than half a mile from Carrie’s. Shortly after their meal, Charlotte pleaded tiredness and returned to her hotel to sleep.

On her return, she asked at Reception about the possibility of a packed lunch to take with her and was assured that she could collect it at breakfast time.

She switched on the room lights. It wasn’t a bad size for the price and was comfortably furnished. She walked across the room and pulled the curtains closed. The view from her window wasn’t much to look at – a small garden and the backs of other buildings , lower down the hill. Still, she thought, she didn’t intend to do much more than sleep in it.

She checked her phone and saw that she had three missed calls – one each from Frank, Gloria and David. She returned all three calls in sequence – they all wanted to know that she was safe and ensconced in her lodgings. She told Frank where she was going the next day and he promised her that she’d enjoy the day out. He said that he hadn’t heard anything from Betty about rented property yet and told her that he’d be taking the train to Knaresborough to do some photography.

She finished unpacking and storing the contents into drawers, on top of the various flat surfaces and the wardrobe with its rail and shelves. She had booked in as a single adult but had been given a small double-bedded room, so there was adequate space for her to move around. She felt goosebumps on her arms and shivered. If there had been any heating on earlier, it had certainly gone off now.

She decided to leave having a shower until morning and simply prepared for bed. She shivered as she got beneath the duvet but soon warmed up and fell asleep quickly. She slept well except for waking up once, in the early hours, disoriented by the unfamiliar surroundings and panicky when she realised that Frank wasn’t by her side.

Featured Photo

I took this photo a couple of days ago (18/02/2021) while taking Ted for a walk. I began near the nineteen arches at Carr Mill, St Helens, Merseyside, walked along the woodland path to its junction with Carr Mill Road at Chadwick Green, crossing though a housing estate along Powell Drive, Avon Road and Trent Road, to Birchley – and returning along Birchley Road and Martindale Road. This first shot (others will follow in the next few days) was taken, looking up at the weathervane, from outside the gates of Otter Swift Farm on the woodland path just further on than Nineteen Arches.

I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor camera with a 35 mm f/2 full-frame prime lens attached. The shutter speed was 1/250 at f/5 and the ISO was 200 The shot was handheld and I post-processed my shot in Lightroom Classic.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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