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Things that go Bump in the Night (not including me falling over)

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , on October 31, 2009 by echostains

Try carving this using a hard turnip, it kills your fingers!

Oooh it’s nearly that time again.  The time where ghouls, ghosties and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night  shall soon be out in force!   It’s just a shame that I will miss it because I have to work.  A ghost can turn up anywhere though…….

this 'ghost' was spotted at Hampton Court Palace a while ago

I came across this interesting website, dedicated to ghost stories, urban legends and sightings.  There are postings about ghostly experiences and even short films to watch.  The website is HERE

October 2009 Fortean Times magazine. a jolly good read!

We’ve been reading Fortean Times for years, it’s recommended reading at any time of the year.  There are always interesting strange stories, sightings, book reviews and all sorts of Paranormal phenomena.  Have a look online HERE

'Her neck is tolerable..I suppose...but not enough to tempt me!'

Meanwhile, back at Waterstones the other day, I spotted this book! Yes Mr Darcy (who everyone didn’t praise to the sky) has now morphed into a vampyre in this book ‘Mr Darcy Vampyre’ by Amanda Grange. This explains the dark moods apparently. Lizzie should have kept her promise never to dance with Mr Darcy….   There’s a line in it that says “Her neck is tolerable I suppose…but not enough to tempt me!”  (now I AM kidding, lol! though it wouldn’t surprise me).  Seriously, whatever will they think of next? and No, I won’t be reading it.

 bone-chillers

I couldn’t resist these ice-cube makers, they’re called ‘Bone Chillers’ and they’re available HERE, just the thing for Halloween drinks! And what about these so cute little cupcake pans? You could bake these all the year round.

skull cupcake pan to make the evening go with a shreik

  

  

Skull cupcake pan available HERE 

 

York break: Onwards Roman Soldiers marching through the Treasurer’s House

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , on April 20, 2009 by echostains

 

treasurers-house-york

treasurers-house-york

Though we have visited York many  times,we had never been in The Treasurers House,  Minster Yard, York.  It had been pointed out to us, on a Ghost Walk, but we didn’t realise it was open to the public.  It is a fine building, dating from Medieval times and is built over a Roman Road.

treasurers-house-kitchen-display

treasurers-house-kitchen-display

The twelve rooms which are open, each have their own guide, with their own story.  Frank Green,who bequeathed the house to the National Trust, was a wealthy industrialist, who loved to collect antiques.  This house became his ‘display cabinet’,: each room being given a different historical reference.

the-great-hall-treasurers-house

the-great-hall-treasurers-house

He seemed to be a pernickety  sort of fellow.  He insisted that slippers were to be worn by the workmen, and if you look closely at the floorboards in the rooms, you will find small studs enbedded in them.  This was to ensure the furniture was placed just so!  He did say that he would come back and haunt the place if this wasn’t done!  This strange and generous man retired in 1930, leaving the house and its contents to the National Trust.

treasurers-house-ghostly-wall

treasurers-house-ghostly-wall

The house, built in 1419 for the Treasurer,was divided in two in 1720  and  has undergone many builds when Green bought part of it  in 1897.  He began systematically buying more pieces of it, until he owned it all.  Alas, time did not allow for us to see the servants rooms in the attic, but we did get to see the main house and the cellars. An audio is available, but the guides themselves are most informative and are only too ready to chat and share little anecdotes.

treasurers-house-more-wall

treasurers-house-more-wall

The most famous ghost story associated with the house involves the sighting of  a group of 20  Roman soldiers who marched through the walls, terrifying  a young apprentice plumber Harry Martindale in 1953.  Martindale is still alive to tell the tale (some of which is here).

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall

 

http://www.welcometoyork.co.uk/treasurer_haunt.html