Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Bronte Fairies and Other Local Fairy Stories

Bradford and Keighley were full of fairies and elves, according to folklore. Grove Hill Dike, above Sladen Valley Reservoir, was a place of fear for children as they believed a troll lived there. Emily Bronte called the Dike 'Blackhorse Marsh' in Wuthering Heights, as even she knew all about this story. There are a couple of wells, one at Priestthorpe, Bingley and another at Blackhill, Keighley, that were named in honour of Jennet, the Fairy Queen. One of the servants of the Brontes actually claimed that the fairies has been driven away by industrialisation.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a devout Spiritualist and great believer in the Occult who is most well known for writing 'Sherlock Holmes', claimed to have accounted fairies. The Cottingley Fairies were however fakes dreamed up by Frances and Elsie, although they did fool Conan Doyle for a while fairies were also documented as having been seen in Lister park, also known as Manningham park, Bradford.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

A Medley of Lanterns; Introducing Spooked Turnip


A variety of fruit and vegetable lanterns can be created for use at any occasion or festival outside Halloween.  You can also experiment on Halloween itself. Featured here is a yellow pepper lantern and a pineapple lantern, a particularly enchanting addition to a warm summer's eve.  Use fruits and vegetables of different colours to complement the occasion or season.

The slideshow on our homepage features a Christmas red pepper lantern among the more traditional pumpkin lantern and a pair of ghoulish turnip lanterns, giving rise to the 'Spooked Turnip'.

Spooked Turnip features a mix of parapsychology, spirits, hauntings, occultism, history, magick and mystery to feed your paranormal interest.

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