Fandango has given us GUIDE as our word prompt today.
This takes me back to a slate mine we visited some years ago when we were camping.
Our guide was a woman in her forties wearing wellies and a mac, and she held a lantern and torch.
There were about twenty of us in the group and we were told to keep to the path and not linger as it got ‘pretty dark’ inside.
I’m not afraid of the dark, but I can get claustrophobic if I can’t see the way out.
As we continued deep into the belly of the mine, the light diminished and we were all asked to stop and huddle round our guide as she explained what it was like for the miners all those years ago.
She asked if we could possibly imagine being in a place which was so dark, we could not see our hand in front of our face, and with that she blew her lantern out!
I was glad to be holding Hubby’s hand and he said ‘Ow!’ as I clenched mine so tight, I almost stopped his circulation!
It was truly weird, spooky and scary all at the same time, yet the miners, some only boys, worked in these conditions every day.
She turned on her torch, made sure we were all still breathing and no-one had gone into shock, then led us out.
We wanted to commemorate the day and decided to buy a small token from their gift shop. Pieces of mounted slate in various sizes ranged from £10 to £50, way beyond our budget and we were disappointed. On the way back to the car, Hubby picked up a small piece of slate and put it in his pocket.