FFfAW Challenge-Week of February 27, 2018

Our last FFfAW of February. Where has the month gone?

Thanks to Fandango for the photo.
It was terrifying.
She was shaking so much, you could hear her teeth rattle, then she realised it was the chains swinging in the wind.
‘I’m afraid’, she whimpered. ‘Do I have to go by myself?’
‘You’ll be fine,’ he said.’ Just take your time. There’s no rush.’
Gulping down her nerves, she raised one foot. Then another.
Ten steps later she was at the top of the ladder.
Carefully, she moved out onto the ledge, and stopped dead in her tracks.
‘It’s amazing!’ she cried. ‘You must come up and see!’
‘There’s not enough room for two,’ he said.
‘But the view is fabulous!’
‘I know,’ he replied, adding ‘How’s the vertigo?’

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I hate heights and feel unsafe on a ladder but Hubby had said the view was wonderful.
To see it, all I had to do was climb to the top of the windmill in Norfolk and step out on to the podium.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to FFfAW Challenge-Week of February 27, 2018

  1. James says:

    Acrophobia is technically the irrational fear of heights while vertigo is the sensation of whirling and loss of balance a person can experience when looking down from a great height (also a 1958 film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Alfred Hitchcock). One of the treatments for phobias is to put the phobic person in the situation they’re afraid of and keep them there. Once they stop screaming, they’re cured.

    • I tried that with spiders and watched arachnophobia. I was OK until they started coming out of the plugholes, then I was a wreck!
      I’m not so bad now, but ladders still make me nervous.
      Great film that. Kim Novak was the love interest I believe.

      • James says:

        Correct. Oh, a better treatment for phobias is gradual desensitization using relaxation and visualization techniques. It’s a gradual process but it has great results.

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Very brave stepping out on that ledge – both in the story and in real life!

    • It was well worth the view. A guy behind me had similar issues and he didn’t get past the first floor. The final ladder (the opening was only wide enough for one) was too much for him. I felt like a million bucks as I’d done it!

  3. joem18b says:

    one of my first thoughts upon seeing the photo and knowing it was in s.f., was of Vertigo, which i watched again the other night.

    good story and reference.


  4. Mike says:

    Small steps lead to big achievements, in the mean time there is much beauty to be seen in the internal workings of a windmill.

    • We used to frequent a windmill tea rooms and you are right, the workings are fascinating. Breads and cakes were made from their own ground flours, which you could buy from the mill’s shop.

  5. LOL! It is exhilarating when we overcome our fears! Great story!

  6. Such a sweet story. I have a fear of unstable heights, as in, ladders, narrow ropeways, anything where I have to maintain my balance basically. Otherwise even on the highest of mountains, I am cool, because the base is stable 🙂

  7. athling2001 says:

    Wonderful story of conquering a fear.

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