Thursday photo prompt: Entrance #writephoto

Once again thank you to Sue Vincent for her weekly Write Photo challenge.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows the a green and rocky landscape, with a path leading up to a dark-mouthed cave.
The entrance was usually unnoticed by the casual passer by, but if you knew where to look, it was a welcome sight to get out of the chill or rain.
The cave itself went back far into the hillside, and was a good place to play Hide and Seek as kids. That was until Timmy got lost and they had a huge search party out looking for him, then Dad told us all in no uncertain terms that the cave was off limits.
Little did we know at the time that Hector lived there.
He was a hermit of the highest order, didn’t like company much and kept himself to himself. Old Widow Thatcher would take fruit and veg from her garden and leave them outside the entrance for him in the summer. Rumour had it Hector was either her husband who’d done a runner for the insurance or a relative hiding from society.
It’s funny how the mind conjures up scenarios for things we don’t fully understand or appreciate.
I met Hector once, purely by accident of course. Maybe he was lonely or just wanted some fresh air but he was sitting on a makeshift stool at his front door watching the birds and the world go by, and beckoned me over.
That very afternoon, he taught me how to whittle, and in later years I would often make tiny animals for my Grandkids from twigs or pieces of bark.
Hector is long gone now, he’d be over a hundred as he was old when I knew him.
The cave is still there though. Funny how out of respect I never wanted to venture back in.

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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16 Responses to Thursday photo prompt: Entrance #writephoto

  1. Sadje says:

    A sweet story Di! I can visualize Hector sitting at the cave mouth.

  2. I can just imagine Hector yelling at the kids to get off his lawn (the rocks) 😀

  3. willowdot21 says:

    I do like the thought of Hector living in his cave 💜

  4. Sue Vincent says:

    That’s a lovely vignette, Di. I think I would have liked to meet Hector too.

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Seems like a lost time, when kids could go and have adventures like that in the country.

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    There is a lovely air of truth about this story, Di…

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