That’s ONE Crooked Hen!

If the author of the enchanting tale of Peter Pan is to be believed then Sir James Matthew Barrie will not doubt be reassured to discover that there is still at least one faery that can be found skipping about within the stone walls that surround the ancient City of York, although at first glance, she may be mistaken for just another conventional human; appearances can be deceptive!

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Procrastinate? Why You Lazy….

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno…

But WHO is the Lazy Trout and what have they done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of ‘Thyme’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with cloth paper tied with silver wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

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A Pinch of Herb or Werewolf Fur?

You’ve probably read somewhere or seen it on television that the best way to be free of a vampyre would be to arm oneself with a crucifix and a large bottle of Holy Water or if you are of a very brave disposition; you could get rid of this fiend by driving a stake through it’s rotten heart before chopping off the head and then having a nice bonfire with what remains.

But did you know that there are many different ways of seeing off a vampyre?

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In Search of a Lost Soul? Oh My!

Matilda ‘Tilly’ Simms hadn’t really enjoyed the celebrations of the festival of Día de los Muertos yesterday as she had been very troubled by the strange behaviour of Murphy – the small furry cat who prowls his way through the sleepy hamlet of All Hallows and who charms all who cross his path – including old Bella Pendle, the grumpy owner of ‘Dogwood & Myrtle General Stores’…

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Top O’ the Morning to You!

After a weekend of an awful weather here in York, I pottered off into the garden on Monday morning to see the chickens and enjoy a little of the sunshine AND look at WHO I happened to stumble across!

Besides the snow and ice, Saturday had also been the day for the celebration of ALL things Irish but as I watched Seamus bask in the morning sunshine as he waited for the first customer of the day, I did wonder if he might have had a little more ‘luck’ with his sales had he made an appearance on St Patrick’s Day?

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A Nightmare Summer? Vampyre Beware!

And although MY summer was remembered as being the stuff of nightmares with interrupted plans, a twisted spine and torn nerves; it is fortunate that York enjoyed something of an Indian summer throughout last September and taking advantage of the balmy weather; there was plenty of activity at the end of my garden for with the door to my Den open, I indulged in a dream of mine with the creation of another fantasy structure for the All Hallows Hamlet…

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A Pinch of This OR That?

As Claire’s only friend is the ancient recipe book that has been in her family for as long as anyone can remember – she concocts a vast array of nasty potions from the beautiful flowers, nourishing berries and healing plants which she gathers every day at dusk and here they remain gathering dust on the cobwebby shelves.

Dare YOU buy?

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