Sunday Photo Fiction – July 9th 2017

Here is this week’s Sunday photo:

Image: A Mixed Bag.

For as long as I can remember, the pub had always been known as The White Horse.
They say there’s a ghost here and excuse the cliché, but on the night of a full moon, some swear they see it standing in the wings, proud and silent, waiting for food and water.
You see, the horse the pub was named after wasn’t white at all.
It was a dusky grey worker, nothing fancy or pretty, but a reliable steed used in the fields way before the modern town and roads came.
The stable occupied the site adjacent to the inn, where the men supped their ale and slapped the bottoms of the serving wenches.
It was the women and children who fed and watered it, giving it preference over themselves for the reward of a hard day’s work.
One evening, a young lad tripped and doused the animal with coarse flour whilst loading the cart for market.
The idea of having a White Horse pampered the ego of the village elders, and thus The Shire Inn was renamed.
The picture has not been modified other than size, and this was just an observation which inspired my story.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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10 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – July 9th 2017

  1. weejars says:

    Love the way you incorporated what you saw! Pareidolia is such an interesting phenomenon and I enjoyed the way you weaved the image into your tale 😁

  2. L.E.R.T says:

    Good catch. Now that I look closely, I can even spot its family beside it. This is a good tale and really good imagination. Cheers, Varad

  3. Owning a White horse in some culture is a sign of wealth a prestige.googled a new word pareidolia. A fertile imagination. loved reading it.

  4. Very cool. Love the story.

  5. The amount of times I have walked past this, and photographed it from so many different angles, and I have never once spotted that. A good eye. And I love how you created the story from it.

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