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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sparkles Spooky Sunday Ghost Story - By Popular Demand!!

Last week, in my regular Baby Watch update, I happened to mention that the reason I never leave Tyne alone upstairs is because this house has some ghosts....

This was only one sentence in a massive long post so I surprised at how many of my lovely readers picked up on it! But you did - and lots of you have asked me to tell you more about the ghosties...I like to give my readers what they want, and so here you go...here is the story of the ghosts in our house!!!

Allow me to introduce Maggie....

Maggie is the name we give to our household ghost.

I don't really remember where this name came from or why we started using it - but one of us apparently decided this was the ghosts name and it has stuck ever since! Everybody that knows us knows all about Maggie, and refers to her by name - she's pretty much like an additional family member that nobody can see!!

How it all started....

We first discovered the existence of Maggie around 15 years ago....

One night, I got out of bed at around 3 am to go to the toilet - my bedroom is right next to the bathroom, and so I was only gone for a minute at the most.

I had been asleep in the bed for hours beforehand and I toss and turn a lot - so my bedclothes would certainly have looked "slept in".

I came back from the bathroom, walked into my bedroom - and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw my bed.

The bed I had just got out of was made perfectly - the bedclothes were smoothed down, all perfectly made up as if nobody had been sleeping in it - and creepier still, the corner of the duvet was folded back - this is not something I have ever done when making the bed, nor is it something my Mum or anybody else has done. I think its quite an old fashioned way of making up a bed isn't it?!

So...I was very freaked out by this as I KNEW there was no way I had left the bed looking like that.
I woke everybody up to show them of course, and me and my sister slept huddled up downstairs that night - rather spooked!!

And so it carried on...

From that night onwards, the same thing would happen often - not every night, but at least once or twice a week.

Sometimes it would happen after I'd been to the bathroom in the night, sometimes it would happen during the day when the bed was made already but I would go into my room and find that the cover had been turned back.

And then other things started to happen too...

One time, I was in my bedroom looking for a specific pair of boots - I had been kneeling in front of my wardrobe, tearing through it - pulling out all of my shoes in a paddy and throwing them all over my room - I stood up and stormed into my sisters room to accuse her of stealing them - when I left the room I was in a right huff and I had left the wardrobe doors open with piles of discarded shoes all around it.

When I came back into the room seconds later, I was dumbfounded to see the wardrobe doors closed and sitting perfectly placed right in front of them - the pair of boots I had been looking for.

VERY spooky...

What the psychic said....

Now some of you may know this and some of you may not - but I have read tarot cards and dabbled in divination (the art of foretelling the future or gaining knowledge by supernatural means) since I was 12.
Some people find that odd but its just something I've always been interested in....

About a year after Maggie had appeared and these things had happened, I went to see a psychic (not about the happenings - just for fun!) - the psychic said to me:

"Something weird happens in your house doesn't it? Something to do with your bed sheets?"

I was floored! I couldn't believe she would know that, and so I said yes and asked if she knew why it was happening...

She told me that the spirit was an old woman who followed me around, and that she wasn't trying to scare me - the things she was doing were to try and help me so I didn't need to be frightened of her - she said I should thank the spirit when these things were done for me.

She asked if I practised divination myself and when I said that I did, she told me that this was why the spirit was there - that me doing these things had simply encouraged the spirit along.

Things get TOO spooky...

I could have happily lived with a ghost following me around making my bed for me and finding my shoes - I don't think that would have bothered me too much!
But the next things that happened became a bit too weird...

One evening, my boyfriend at the time came over to see me - I was expecting him but he was late, so I was sitting upstairs with my headphones on listening to music. I was the only person home.

I heard the door knock and I went down to answer it - my boyfriend was standing there looking really angry. He started shouting at me, asking why I'd been ignoring him knocking.

I told him that I hadn't heard him because I'd been upstairs listening to music...

He said "No you weren't! You were sitting right there in the armchair, I could see you!"

(Our front door is mottled glass, so you can see through it and make out figures but you can't see faces)

I laughed and said he was being ridiculous, I was upstairs and there was nobody else in....

He insisted that there was someone sitting in the armchair, he said they were wearing a long white dress (very much like a long white night dress I had at the time, which is why he thought it was me) - he said they sat there ignoring him knocking for five minutes or so, then they got up and walked into the kitchen. 

Knowing that there was nobody else in the house, I found this REALLY scary! Invisible ghosts were one thing, but I did NOT want to actually SEE anything....

A few weeks later, I was upstairs in my bedroom - again, alone in the house - when I clearly heard a voice that sounded just like my Mum call my name from the bottom of the stairs.
My mum often stood at the bottom of the stairs and called me down, so I assumed it was her and that she'd just got back home....I answered and got no response so I went downstairs to see what she wanted....only to find that neither she nor anybody else was there....

After these two things happened, I stopped using tarot cards for a long time as I didn't want to do anything that might encourage any kind of ghostly activity....

Years Later On....

I moved out of this house about 7 years ago - I have had one or two ghostly experiences since in other houses, which make me wonder if the ghost follows me! - but even while I wasn't living here, things carried on happening.

One night my Mum was babysitting a friends little baby boy, and she was on the phone in the room next door to where he was sleeping in his travel cot alone when she heard a voice talking softly to him, saying things like "Aren't you a lovely little boy..." - when she looked in the room, there was nobody there.

My nieces who are now 5 and 3 have often acted like they have seen things when staying here - my youngest niece often talks about "The Man" that she can see, and has acted very scared of what she's seeing on more than one occasion....even crying and trying to run away.

And even Tyne seems to be able to see something in one particular room - sometimes when I'm holding him in there, he'll look up at a specific spot on the plain white ceiling and suddenly start laughing and cooing away - you can tell that somebody is talking to him as he acts just like he does when I talk to him - he smiles and coos, then stops and seems to be listening, and then smiles and coos again.

What worries me is that sometimes, he'll suddenly stop smiling and appear to get a bit of a fright and start crying....as though whatever nice thing he was seeing has suddenly appeared to be not so nice...

And finally, a few weeks ago - I was sitting nursing Tyne on my bed (We're living here at the moment while we're looking for a new house!), when I happened to glance in the mirror which shows the reflection of the landing - and I clearly saw a face of a woman standing on the stairs. I don't really know how to describe it but it wasn't pleasant - and it's not something I would want to see again.

And I certainly will not be leaving Tyne alone upstairs alone while that thing is around!

And so, there you have it! That is the basic story of our household ghosts and our experiences with them over the years!
I'm sure I sound like a right whack job, but I can only tell it how it happened!!!

Have any of you had any similar experiences?! As always, I'd love to hear from you!

28 comments:

  1. Fascinated! Never had any experiences like that as such, but a few years ago my boyfriend at the time Grandad died and the funeral had been on the Saturday and on the Sunday we were all sat around the table eating a roast when all of a sudden the video recorder came to life and started recording this garden show Gordon used to watch, spooky thing was that since he had died, the video recorded had been unplugged and no one else ever admitted to plugging it in and none of us ever found the remote control which you needed to set the video to record xx

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    1. Oooh that is pretty spooky!! I love stories like that though! :)

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    2. It's the only thing I can think of that has been weird xx

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  2. I have also had a fair few 'ghostly' experiences in my time.

    The 1st one was when I was very little and in bed. I heard a noise on the stairs and glanced across as my mum used to leave my bedroom door open and saw a man in old fashioned clothes and a top hat walk down the attic stairs and then totally disappear. I told my mum and she said I'd been dreaming. I believed her until years later when I was babysitting my nieces at their house. I'd put them to bed and was sat watching TV when I heard the eldest scream. I rushed upstairs to see what was the matter and she told me she'd seen a man in old fashioned clothes and a top hat walk down the attic stairs and disappear!

    The 2nd one was that I was asleep one night after moving to the attic bedroom when my friend Ricky suddenly woke me up by talking to me. I couldn't understand why he was there as he wasn't allowed in my bedroom so I turned on the light and there was no one there. I assumed I was dreaming and went back to sleep. A few weeks later my friend Amy slept over and woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me that Ricky was there and wanted me to wake up. I turned on the light and again there was no one there.

    Then when I had Stacey I was making a cup of tea and she started crying. I called to say I would be two minutes and she stopped. When I went back into the room to her I could smell a fusty scent right over her moses basket and she was laid staring straight up at the ceiling and smiling and laughing. The smell reminded me of old damp smell in my grandma and grandads bedroom before they died so I asked 'grandma, is that you?' and it totally disappeared.

    The following christmas Stacey was screaming and screaming so I took her upstairs and put her in the cot to sleep. I went back downstairs to eat my christmas pudding and I could still hear her screaming. I wanted to go back up to her but my dad said she was being mardy and to leave her. The next thing we knew a christmas decoration was flinging itself at him and the screaming suddenly stopped. I went up to check on her and she was fast asleep. As I turned around to go back downstairs I noticed a book that I'd had as a child and had been looking for to pass on to Stacey was on the floor in front of me. I'd spent weeks looking for that book with no luck and now there it was!

    And finally (I promise) Oscar has started staring at a spot on the door in our house and smiling and cooing. But after a while he will suddenly start crying and looks genuinely frightened.

    I think there must be some sort of spirit that follows me around. I like that whoever it is seemed to want to look out for Stacey but it terrifies me that they seem to scare Oscar. I don't want any harm to come to him.

    Unlike you though I've never been into tarot cards, seen a psychic or dabbled in anything like that. I just seem to attract these things. LOL. I totally agree that you shouldn't leave Tyne alone upstairs in the house though. I'm sure nothing bad would happen but really, what do we know about the spirit world?!

    Lou xxx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. Oooh thanks for sharing your experiences Lou! They are really freaky but I love hearing about other peoples experiences!!

      Its funny that the same thing happens with Oscar and Tyne cooing and smiling at first and then suddenly crying and seeming frightened :/

      I agree, people say ghosts can't hurt you but how the hell do we know?! lol. Also I just think its unfair of me to put him in any situation that I wouldn't want to be in myself and I refuse to sleep alone upstairs!

      Hayley
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  3. Omg! Hayley that just gave me goosebumps!! I'm a total believer in ghosts and I've had one pretty scary experience myself. I love hearing peoples spooky stories, thanks for telling us about it! :) xxx

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    1. Ha! Glad you liked it! Oooh I want to hear about your experience!!!

      Hayley
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  4. I am fascinated by this kind of thing I've had loads of odd experiences like this but only in my mums house, your story just gave me loads of shivers though, i have seen stuff and that's the worst part, I really don't want to see anything! lol I just always have a sense I'm not alone when I am if you know what I mean lol xx

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    1. I know exactly what you mean!! Its quite an unnerving feeling, isn't it?! I'd love to hear about your experiences Georgina!

      Hayley
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  5. Oh, i'm so glad you wrote this. Ghost stuff really fascinates me and although i've only ever had 2 encounters (of that I believe were spirits) I love hearing about other peoples experiences and I must say, I think i'd be a little freaked if this stuff happened to me! I used to work in a Hotel that was majorly haunted by numerous ghosts all in different parts of the Hotel and they were all well known by the staff members too! Certain rooms actually never were let out because of the spirit activity in them - that's how bad it was! I also believed to see an old woman that was possibly my great grandma one night whilst running a bath but that was a quick glimse and it could have been my eyes playing me up... Who knows! But i'd definitely be cautious leaving Millie alone in a house that I knew had ghosts in so I don't blame you one bit. Lets hope the next one doesn't house anything other than you 3!

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    1. Thanks Emma! :) Oh wow, that must have been some intense spirit activity for them to not let the rooms out! Did guests know the place was haunted?
      Part of me would love to stay in a haunted hotel but I wouldnt want to actually see anything lol.
      *fingers crossed for the next house!* lol

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  6. Ok, I am completely fascinated, but completely terrified now! I'm not sure I could live with that Hayley! Do you just try to ignore them? It frightens me even more to think Tyne sees them too. I'm not sure I'll sleep tonight....

    Kate xx
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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    1. Eek sorry for scaring you Kate! hehe. Yeah I do pretty much just try to ignore it, its all you can do really! My mum has talked about getting the house blessed but she's worried incase its the spirit of her parents or anything, she doesn't want to chase them away just incase!

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  7. Oh my goodness! That's brilliant (for want of a better word!)

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  8. Hey Hayley,

    I LOVED reading this, purely because I've had MANY experiences like this myself. From living with the ghost of a man & 2 little boys, wind chimes playing in the dead of night and don't even get me started on the little girl with long dark hair that I first saw lying in the bottom of my bath tub! I kid you not! I reckon that'll be a good blog! So keep a wee eye out & I'll reveal all! ;) xx

    BTW....Maggie sounds very helpful! However...the figure through the glass on the armchair is proper creepy!!! xx

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    1. Hi Deborah!

      Oh wow, your experiences sound very creepy!! I can't wait to read about them! :)

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    2. I've blogged about my first experience. Feel free to pop over to give it a read! http://superbusymum.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/haunted-happenings-first-experience.html xx

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  9. Ohmygosh I have goosebumps just reading this! I'm not really sure about my stance on ghosts and the supernatural but this kind of stuff seriously freaks me out and I've had a few similar experiences but never on going over such a long period of time. Helpful as Maggie seemed to be, its still very scary to know there is something, someone, around that you cannot see or control! xx

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    1. Definitely!! Its hard not to be afraid when things like this happen, even if they are nice things that are being done :/

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  10. I've got goosebumps reading this. How you live with that is beyond me girl. Perhaps you should call ghost busters.

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    Ivy
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    1. Lol! It is very weird!! I guess its like anything though, you kind of get used to it?!

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  11. OMG!!!

    I am actually really scared right now that I may cry!
    I feel scared for you lol! You're so brave to live there. I can't believe that this stuff actually happened to you!!! It's mad! I never want to witness anything spooky EVER, I'm too scared!!!
    Brilliant blog post! And even though I'm now so scared it makes me want to read more about your ghostly encounters lol!!

    xx

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    1. Lol oh no Alex, I didn't want to scare anyone that much! lol.
      I'm definitely not brave, it frightens me to death when I'm on my own here lol - I hate it!

      I've loved seeing how people have reacted to my experiences though, I'm tempted to write a follow up post about the few things that have happened that aren't related to the house - I don't have as many of them but still! :)

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  12. Loved reading this. I think it is so nice that you have a dear old lady wanting to watch after you. Bet it was freaky though! I have had lots of experiences over the years and started going to a spiritualist church with a friend, where I was told I ca talk to spirit. I used to be scared by it all but now I find it quite comforting. I don't like it when my kids toys play in the middle of the night on their own though! (However the first time it did happen I got a message to check my alarm and realised I hadn't set my alarm for work the next morning, so I set it and the toy went quiet again!) x

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    1. It is nice but freaky at the same time! Eeek, kids toys freak me out for that very reason - how odd!!!

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