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What A Wonderful Party

What a wonderful party! I greeted my hosts with a few other guests and rushed home because it was almost morning. I pulled my collar up, to protect my face from the night’s cold, and walked with big steps, and summed up impressions of the party. I was very pleased to see some old friends…

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Halloween Decorations

The spirit of Halloween, is an ever-present force here at Mystic Mansions, where we just love, all things supernatural, throughout the year. Our fabulous Halloween decorations are guaranteed to please, giving your home that truly magical feeling every day of the year. We pride ourselves that our products are superbly crafted, to the highest quality,…

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May

Alluring and magical, May, whispers gentle promises of summer, of the warm halcyon days, yet to come, where the warmth of the sun will lift our spirits and fill our souls with joy. May has also been a month filled with superstition, where the tradition of ancient customs prevails. Images of fair maidens awakening from…

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Still Waiting – Part Two

She sensed his eyes fixing upon her crumpled form, as he silently approached, he was the hunter and she was his prey. “Greta? Come on now Greta I know it’s you!” Speaking softly, the stranger reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a faded crumpled photograph. Surprised at his gentle tone, the girl turned…

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Still Waiting – Part One

Not much longer… the words were a silent fervent prayer; but just like the scant worn material of her thin jacket, they offered no protection against the biting rawness of the cold. Still she wrapped the material tightly around her slight frame. Intense all-seeing eyes, which just a few hours earlier had been filled with…

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Daisy’s Children

Locking the door on the way out to catch the last post Daisy noticed she’d left the Christmas lights on. well it’s only a five-minute walk to the post box they’ll be okay she thought. Pulling her scarf snuggly round her neck from the biting winter winds Daisy carefully trod in the newly fallen snow.…

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The Origins of Hallowe’en

The word Halloween comes from ‘All Hallows Eve’n,’ Hallows being the archaic word for saint. Over time this was abbreviated to Hallowe’en, which in turn, has been further shortened to Halloween. The origins of Hallowe’en, are enshrined in legend and myth, Ancient Celts celebrated the festival of Samhain, (Summer’s end) which marked the beginning of…

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Weird and wonderful Hallowe’en Customs

Throughout the UK and indeed throughout world there are many beliefs and superstitions surrounding this time of year. Lancashire – Lating (Lighting the Witches) To foretell one’s fate for the coming year, a candle was lit between 11pm and Midnight. If the candle burnt steadily without a flicker the person holding the candle would be…

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The Devil’s Work

Nestled deep in the countryside, the church of St Mary’s lay empty and abandoned. The farming community it had served had long since departed to pastures new. The ancient cemetery which encircled it held a serene air of despondency, a quiet acceptance of its fate. Crumbling gravestones and weeds entwined in a tangled web of…

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Bedtime Story

Now my dears, before you go to sleep, pray snuggle in, whilst I tell you a bedtime story. As the midnight hour approaches this Hallowe’en, make sure that all your windows are closed; and your curtains are shut tight. For on this night, it is said that death’s special envoy his ‘Dark Angel,’ rides out.…

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A Poem for Autumn

The crimson embers of the setting sun… Melancholic in a darkened sky The trees cloaked in their vibrant mantle…. Defiant beacons, of their impending doom. The lingering summer blossoms… Waiting for their sparkling assassin The golden sprites of summer… Chased mercilessly from inhospitable skies As the ominous dark spectre of winter looms upon us

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All Things Halloween

October heralds a tangible awareness of the seasonable changes that are taking place. Mother nature envelopes the landscape in an extraordinary display, as leaves don their gold and ruby jackets in one last magnificent hurrah! Throughout the British Isles a growing sense of urgency permeates the animal kingdom, leading to a frenzied hive of activity,…

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