A short story

for The Sunday Muse which is hosted by Claire




mouth offOver and over again I’d been told how marvelous it was. The trip of a lifetime they said. It involved quite a journey but my curiosity was peaked to such an extent that I just had to see it for myself.

They weren’t wrong. As I walked towards the arch excitement welled up inside me. As I reached it, I placed my hands over my eyes, stood for a few seconds, lowered them, and took my first look at the building I’d heard so much about. My mouth fell open. Amazed? Awestruck? There is not a word fit enough to describe the feeling inside me.

I slowly walked forward taking in its beauty, Upon reaching it, I ran my hand down a wall, I swear my heart missed a beat.

I ventured inside. I was not alone but surrounded by people similarly overwhelmed.

I ordered bacon, sausages, black pud, tomatoes and toast, and a mug of builder’s tea. It was the best meal I’d ever had in the finest greasy-spoon caff on the planet!

I had a similar experience when I visited the Taj Mahal – minus the breakfast of course!



UK folks may recognise the cafe from TV’s Last Of the Summer Wine. I had brecky there a few years ago. It was well worth the 250-mile drive! 

Prompt image: Surreal Photo Manipulations by Thomas Barbey

27 thoughts on “A short story

  1. Sadje Apr 30, 2023 / 16:06

    Overwhelmed by good food is not a bad place to be in. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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  2. Helen Apr 30, 2023 / 16:57

    I cannot count how many of those UK Brecky breakfasts I have enjoyed! From Cornwall, Devon, to the Cotswolds to the Lake District!!!! Cheers! I enjoyed your prose.

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  3. poetisatinta Apr 30, 2023 / 18:25

    Oh Keith you really had me there I was so engrossed in your story, especially with the gravitas in your recording – perfect ending laughing here 😅and I bet so is Nora Batty, up there somewhere ❤️

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 1, 2023 / 11:36

      …still wearing her wrinkly stockings! I confess to watching an episode of LOTSW every day, so I simply had to visit Holmfirth where it was filmed!

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      • poetisatinta May 1, 2023 / 13:35

        Yes great series and fab actors ❤️


  4. pensitivity101 Apr 30, 2023 / 19:56

    Can’t beat a decent greasy-Joe’s. There’s one in Weymouth in one of the side roads. Everything cooked fresh, endless mugs of tea, all for a fiver…………. or it was. Not swimming in grease either, but black pudding and fried bread had never tasted better! Oh how I can relate to this!!

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  5. Truedessa Apr 30, 2023 / 22:00

    Two hundred and fifty miles is a long way to travel for food. Life is about experiences glad yours was fun.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 1, 2023 / 12:02

      The main reason for the trip was to spend time camping in the beautiful county of Yorkshire and visiting the town where my favourite TV show was filmed for over 30 years!


  6. Christine Goodnough May 1, 2023 / 00:08

    The first picture looks like one of those murals-on-a-wall that look so realistic. I thought you were going to say you tried to step in and hit a brick wall. 🙂

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  7. Jim May 1, 2023 / 11:36

    An engrossing story, Keith. I am not sorry we missed the Taj Mahal on our visit to India. We’d have missed absorbing a lot of culture had we spent the day riding on a bus riding to and back from our ship.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 1, 2023 / 12:22

      Thanks, Jim. There’s so much to do and so much to see in India, the Taj Mahal is just one of them!


  8. Rall May 2, 2023 / 16:43

    What can I say? And to think you had a Norman invasion and are still eating food like this. She nods her head in disbelief.:)


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