Thursday photo prompt: Dream #writephoto

This week’s writephoto is another glorious picture from Sue Vincent.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a pale pathway meandering through a field of purple heather towards the green of distant hills.

The colour beckons, drawing me in along the sandy path where lizards and slow worms idle in the sun.
Armed with my bottle of lemonade and sugar sandwich, I walk towards the trees, knowing the pool awaits and birdsong will serenade me.
Curled up inside the border are vipers, snoozing in the heat but ready to strike if disturbed.
I know this path so well. As long as I keep to it, I will come to no harm.
The pool is shallow, clear and cool against my bare feet. No more than a few feet in diameter, orange bellied newts swim contentedly, their webbed feet resting on pebbles worn smooth by the water that feeds it from a small hillock and natural source.
Frogs nestle in the reeds out of sight of predators.
This paradise is Nature’s Garden, but when I awaken, I know it is only a dream.
The reality is 4000 dwellings, three industrial estates, two supermarkets and umpteen retail units housing eateries, clothing or empty.
Gone is the colour and clear unpolluted skies, the habitat long since developed and those creatures that fascinated me as a child no more than dust on a forgotten track leading nowhere.



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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22 Responses to Thursday photo prompt: Dream #writephoto

  1. Sadje says:

    What was and what is; a stark contrast. Great take on the prompt

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Di, this is so sad and true it’s happening around here so many houses and all the beautiful fields disapeared into thin air 😭

    • I remember the heathland, and us kids would go up and watch the lizards and slow worms, sometimes bringing a few home to keep as pets! That area is now the largest housing estate in the country, and they’re still building on it. The habitat has gone and there was no provision made for an alternative. The beautiful sand lizards disappeared as did the hedgehogs, butterflies, dragon flies and stag beetles.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely memories, depressing ending.

  4. Why is this sort of thing allowed to happen? Gone but never to be forgotten.

    • All in the name of progress Keith. Originally in the ’60s it was supposed to be just 200 homes, then it just spread, and continued spreading. Glad I don’t live there any more.

  5. Sue Vincent says:

    Sadly, I know too many places that fit the waking here, Di.

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  7. joylennick says:

    So-called progress for some..Sadly, so many ‘idylls’ have been abused by too many bricks and mortar. Just yards from Gran’s back gate – in a small meadow – I ‘made house’ for my doll in a rudely made, green and leafy hideaway, aware of the buzzing bees. NOW? A large and ugly factory makes ‘things’ people don’t really need… x

    • I know exactly where you;re coming from. In the village where I lived on the outskirts of Bath, the garden backed on to open fields. Now it’s a housing estate build to cover the cost of a bypass. The heathlands in my post were from the 1960s when I was a child.

  8. Thank you for this beautifully vivid piece! Even the ending, though sobering, is well done.

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