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I am an only child of a first marriage. Given into the custody of my father at the age of one year old. Was brought up by my paternal grandmother & maiden aunt + my dad. Lived in Kimberley for 19 years then moved to Randfontein, South Africa, where I have lived ever since. I am married (to the same man for more than 50 years...Phew!) & have 3 daughters, & 4 grandchildren. I was introduced to strange stories & paranormal stories at quite a young age (about 7 or 8) by my youngest uncle Norman. It has left an indelible print on me, though my uncle has long since passed on. I am now a pensioner. (I worked at my last job for 23 years). Up until now, my hobbies have been my husband; my girls; my grandchildren. Now, it is the INTERNET! (Oh Boy! At last!)
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Ghost Stories from Fergie

In Pakuranga on 2017-12-05

It has been two years since I heard this account, but it still sends a shiver of terror down my spine when I think of it. It was told to me with such conviction and gravity. I hope my puny effort to reproduce my nephew's words can convey his feelings. The weekend before we left New Zealand, our ...

Family Incidents on 2017-08-08

A few months back I wrote about my experiences while house-sitting at our eldest daughter's home. While I was away, my husband, Ray, had an incident of his own. Ray was sitting in our lounge one night, watching DVDs on the TV. He was seated in his Lazyboy, right opposite the TV, with only the lou...

House Sitting on 2017-05-05

For the second time within a month, I was asked to do house sitting duty at our eldest daughter's home. No problem. She lives in a secure townhouse complex in the Johannesburg region where she presides as chairlady. Her second in command, (I shall call her Kay) would look in on me on a regular basis...

Guidance From Beyond The Veil? on 2017-01-02

I am not sure if the events I am going to record were paranormally influenced or not, I will leave that decision to my readers. It is not unusual for me to make clothes for our twelve-year-old granddaughter, Shenay, for Christmas presents. The usual 'menu' is shorts and tops. I had already compl...

Tokoloshe Or Poltergeist? on 2016-08-25

As I mentioned in my last submission, I visited my brother, Rob, in New Zealand last year and cajoled a few paranormal experiences of his from him. Here is his second one, this also took place while he was still living in South Africa. Back in late 1987, he was transferred by his work from De Aar...

Haunted House In De Aar on 2016-03-24

A few months ago, while visiting my brother in New Zealand, I coerced him into retelling me his preternatural experiences while still living in South Africa. It was like pulling teeth when he first started, but then it all came tumbling out so fast that I had to ask him to stop, while I grabbed pen ...

Boots And A Bluish Blob on 2016-02-17

About halfway through 2015, we (my husband Ray and I) received an invitation to my brother's wedding in New Zealand. After some deliberation, we decided to take the long plane trip from South Africa to attend this momentous occasion. I won't bore you with details of a family wedding, nor of all t...

Zeus - The End Of The Line? on 2015-06-29

I have written before about my beautiful black Labrador x, Zeus. My companion, my protector, my 'alarm system' for the corporeal and non-corporeal. Here is the end of his story, or is it? For those of you who have a soft heart as far as animals go, I am posting a tissue warning now. Just over ...

Prior To Christmas on 2015-01-28

After our autumn months here in the Southern Hemisphere, I had a 'dry' season, as far as anything-unusual goes. I thought I had been deserted by the paranormal (or whatever you like to call it), but it was only a lull in activity. At the end of September, things gradually started warming up again, b...

Annals Of A Haunted Farmhouse on 2014-12-03

My memory has been jogged by a story I have just read on YGS. I will recount to you a tale that my father told me many years ago. The period was circa 1930, the place was Kimberley, South Africa. Doug (my dad) had an Afrikaans friend and neighbour, Friederike (Frikkie for short). Frikkie had hea...

Things That Go Bump on 2014-10-29

Our granddaughter Shenay often spends a weekend at our house since her mother's demise two years ago. Shenay has a history of 'seeing' or 'knowing' things, with the result that I tend to believe what she says. One weekend night, Shenay was safely tucked up in bed and asleep, or so I thought. I h...

Falling Photos And The White Teddy Bear on 2014-10-01

On the morning of 17th February 2014, I received mail from our eldest daughter Nicky. The header to the email was "Strange..." I read with interest; this is the story that emerged. Shenay, our nine-year-old granddaughter had just spent a weekend with us - nothing unusual in that. We had fetched S...

Strange Lights In The Sky on 2014-08-05

The following experiences are NOT spooky or scary, but, for me, extremely puzzling. Perhaps one of our esteemed readers can help shed light on them for me. Three times in my life, I have seen unexplained lights in the sky. Each time it was during daylight hours. Each time, I had at least one witn...

Dad's Birthday Visit on 2013-12-11

At my age, unless I have something important to get up for, I rarely know what day it is, let alone the date. I need a reminder, either on my phone or on my PC to let me know if it is someone's birthday or if I have an important "date" to keep. In other words, I no longer have a memory - only a "for...

Devine Intervention, Or Something Else? on 2013-11-20

Back in January of this year, I had an incident happen at my home. At the time, I wrote it off as non-paranormal; now I am beginning to have my doubts. Recently I read, and "digested" an account written by triden07 called "Intervention". It gave me pause for thought. It must have been some sort o...

The Ghosts At Marinda's House on 2013-10-23

Monday 29th October 2012, found us at Marinda's stately home in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Ray (my hubby) was there to do some carpentry work in their laundry area; I was there just to chat and catch up on events. Ray had picked up a few snags along the way, so we were still there as even...

The White-out on 2013-09-18

A good few years ago, maybe twenty or more, my husband and I experienced something which has us baffled to this day. We have no idea if it was paranormal or not - only that it was extremely weird, and so far, nobody can give us a reasonable explanation for. Therefore, I am throwing it out there, in ...

What Is That Smell? on 2013-08-14

As a lot of the "older" members of YGS will know, I seem to have a perchance for smelling odours at sometimes the oddest of moments. My following account is no exception to the rule. It is now towards the end of July (or it was, when I wrote this) - our coldest time of the year - no ants, flies o...

Zeus on 2013-06-12

I am casting my mind back to 2009, when my husband and I were given a pair of dogs. They were brother and sister, about a year old. We were told that Zeus and Cleo were Labrador x Rottweiler, although their appearance was of black Labrador. One could see that they had been well cared for as their co...

It Isn't Always Imagination on 2013-05-08

Before you begin reading, I would like to post a "Tissue Warning" for all the em-paths. (Before I get a telling-off again!) I have noted with interest, that many folks post stories from their childhood, in which they recall sightings of ghosts or spirits. I have also noted just how many folks cl...

Our Girls - It Runs In The Family on 2013-04-03

Last year Easter 2012, we had what we like to call a 'Gathering of the Clan' -- not a large one according to historical events, but our children, and our children's' children, ten members of the family, all under one roof. It felt so good having all of us sitting around in our middle daughter's loun...

Who Had The Last Laugh? on 2013-03-13

This is actually an experience, told to me by my father, many years ago. I shall start by telling you some of the circumstances, which led up to the events. My dad, after completing Standard 6 at school, (grade 8) was forced to leave and seek employment, due to the "Great Depression" which had hi...

Angel's White Feathers on 2013-02-06

It was the week before Christmas 2012, when I heard my first "Voice", which I believe was not of our plane. I had heard other people tell of "voices", even my hubby Ray, had his own experience, with our beloved daughter Angel. I was slightly envious, I must admit! But, on the other hand, I had, time...

Sniff, Sniff... Who's There? on 2013-01-09

Dear readers, at the insistence of Miracles, Rook and Granny, I started keeping a 'Journal' towards the end of June last year (2012). I am truly grateful to all of you. I now have some strange (to me) occurrences which I would like to share. To avoid any confusion, if I mention Zeus - that is my ...

Farm House In The Karoo on 2012-12-05

I would like to share with you, another account from my Uncle Norman. This must have taken place in 1950/1, as Norm had bought a 'new' car, a grey Vanguard. He was delighted to have 'wheels' for the first time in his life; eager to try it out on a road trip. Norm and a friend (I honestly can't...

Knocking On Heaven's Door on 2012-11-07

Dear Readers, I have been advised to issue a "tissue warning" for all the em-paths, out there. I shall start my tale, at the very beginning of our Angel's life! At 5:20am, 23 July 1970, our third and last child was born... A beautiful baby girl. We named her Angelique, which was soon shortened, t...

The Motorbike Light on 2012-09-05

It must have been the summer of '81, when Nicky, our eldest daughter, started pestering us to go to a Disco! The answer was "No! Definitely not! You are far too young!" Over the next few weeks, she wheedled and cajoled; begged, pleaded and threatened! Eventually, her Dad and I came to an agreement w...

Terror In The Prison on 2012-07-31

I was one of those incredibly stupid (or naive) young people, that didn't read the fine print before 'signing on the dotted line'! I found myself hundreds of kilometres away from where I had intended, at the gates of Kroonstad Prison. Thankfully, not as an inmate, but as a new prison wardress. I ...

Angel's House on 2012-06-20

I think I should get this in print, before I forget! My short-term memory is getting worse. I really should keep a diary, as many have suggested; sometimes though, things happen at awkward times. The last week, I spent at our youngest daughter Angel's home, situated to the south of Johannesburg. ...

There Came A Dark Horse on 2012-05-28

This account was told to me many, many years ago by my favourite Uncle (and "partner in crime" Lol!). Way back in the 1940's, before our double highways were built, the way to the Cape lay down narrow, winding roads. Often, the roads were badly sign posted, so it was very easy to get lost. Dur...

Don't Hold Your Breath on 2012-04-30

On the 15th December 1988, our first grand-child, a son, was born in Carletonville. He was born premature, and so small that I had to buy dolls clothes to fit him. After a week or two, he was allowed to go home. I was on Christmas break, from the factory that I worked at. My daughter asked me to he...

Billy, One Of A Kind on 2012-03-28

Billy was one of a kind! He was my husbands' friend, and a constant visitor at our home. My husband met him sometime in the early 70's. He wasn't like anyone we had ever known before! He was a 'showman' and ate razor blades and did fire eating, to entertain people. He was an extrovert, and laughed ...

Uncle Bob's Light on 2012-03-12

I grew up as "Daddy's Girl"! I think, because I had no mother, my dad loved and cosseted me twice as much. I never lacked for anything, least of all, love! I grew up in a house full of adults; I was a rather precocious child. My dad worked hard, he worked as a shaft carpenter in the Kimberley dia...

Is There A Ghost In The House? on 2012-03-07

On November 1, 1971, we moved into our OWN house. We had watched it being built, and were so excited when we moved in. I admit, it was a 'council house', but my husband was working for the municipality, and was allowed to buy it. Our three girls shared a bedroom at first, until everything could be...

Granny's Bed on 2012-02-13

I grew up in Granny's house. I had a very happy childhood, even though there was no mother around. My dad, Auntie, Uncle Norm and Granny were all I needed to make my life whole. My dad was a man to be admired, Granny and Auntie took care of me, and Norm was there to sing to me and fascinate me wi...

A Gorilla? on 2012-01-23

The first thing that struck me, that day, as we entered the deserted premises' of Robinson Married Quarters, was the number of newly-dead ducklings. Pathetic little bundles of yellow fluff dotted all over the back yard. I was at once, dismayed to see this dismal sight. My friend from next door was ...

Randfontein Mine House on 2012-01-09

It was around the time that my third daughter was born, 1970, that I started to see strange things. This all happened in Randfontein, South Africa. I don't know if it was a case of 'raging hormones'. Or the house we were living in. We had recently moved into a very old mine house; brick on the...

Last 20 posts from Fergie
Date: 2017-12-12
Hi Meldel,

Do you ever come out my way (Randfontein)? I am kind of house bound until after Xmas. No transport while Ray is working in Rustenburg.

I don't have any friends, or neighbours, that I can share my stories with anymore. There was a lady who used to live next door, that saw an apparition in my dining room, but she moved to Pretoria.

The lady across the road had some strange goings on. Large shaggy shape jumping onto her bed in the twilight - but when I tried to tell her about what was going on in my house, she got all 'upperty' about it. After that, I just shut up.

Email me, if you wish. My address is on my profile.
Date: 2017-12-12
Babygoatpuller - You have me blushing 😳 Thank you for your praise, I am sure it is more than I deserve. Nicky, Ray and I do what we can, with love, and respect to Angel. Remember, we were a very *tight* family - always there for each other.

Unfortunately, Nicky tends to brush off many small incidents, or any that she deems not directly connected to Angel. She is ever slightly dismissive of the shadowy figure that walks down her stairs - can you believe it? 😕

BGP, I somehow don't get the feeling that it was "The Lady" that Shen heard. For one thing, the lighter would be an anachronism then. We believe "The Lady" was from an earlier era, before the time of lighters, and ladies smoking - late 1800s. Also, we have never *heard* the lady before, although there is always a first time for everything.

Val asked me a very pertinent question - "did Angel smoke?" The answer is "yes, in the earlier days." I am now wondering if she has resumed the habit.
This incident happened shortly after Shen and I survived a rather scary ride home, due to an unwell driver. I thought he was going to pass out behind the wheel. So, on reflection. It would make sense that it was Angel checking up on Shen. As for the keys, they were mine, unlocking the security gate to come in. I apologize for not explaining that properly.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, BGP. ❤
Date: 2017-12-11
Jubeele, I loved this account.

I am so glad you never suffered any damage; you are luckier than I. I think my guardian angel was AWOL the times I came off our horse. A broken arm the first time, then two fractured ribs (at the back) with two vertebrae displaced.

You were so lucky to have a caring spirit guide and protect you. May it continue to do so. ❤
Date: 2017-12-11
Hi Meldel,

Thank you for reading, and your comment.

My grandson lives in Honeydew, though I haven't been to visit him yet; he only moved there recently. You also live quite close to my daughter in Struben's Valley. Maybe I will see you around sometime?
Date: 2017-12-09
Hi there Val,

Thanks for your impressions, that would make sense to me. Two young, evil, pranksters out to scare the living crap out of another youth. It would definitely fit the bill.

Hmm, they also thought the footsteps on the stairs was residual. Strange how they were always going up, but in Nicky's home, the shadow/steps are always coming down. To each his own, eh?

True, nobody was hurt this time, unlike George's experience here in SA - where he saw the domestic worker bashed into the wall.

Thank you for your comments Val, it is appreciated. ❤
Date: 2017-12-09
Jubeele, "Of all of the five senses which we humans are blessed with, the sense of smell is perhaps the most spontaneous. It is also the most strongly connected of the senses to the areas of the brain that process memory, meaning that even the smallest whiff of a smell that you had previously connected to a certain place can bring you back to that place in mere moments. The sense of smell is directly wired to your brain, unlike the other senses, meaning that the link between smells and brain response is very rapid and quite ancient and primordial in nature." Just a small excerpt from Mr Google.

"Frankincense - Frankincense promotes calm and peace. It's commonly used to relieve stress and anxiety. However it is also useful in ending conflicts and arguments, reestablishing a friendship that has ended due to conflicts (as opposed to neglect), bringing peace and resolution to enemies, and bringing peace and resolution to warring factions. It also alleviates the tension of a tense situation. In all instances, the purpose of frankincense is to end any conflict or tension and bring about a state of peace and calm. Because of its nature frankincense is often used as both a general incense for religious rituals and as an aid for meditation. Frankincense is also believed to have many healing properties, and these are related to relieving conflicts and stresses within ones body which lead to illness.
Rose - Rose is associative with love, sex, and desire. It's a good incense to burn to deities that are associated with love, like Venus and Aphrodite. It's also a good incense for love spells, spells concerned with inciting desire like lures and glamours, and spells that are meant to bring forth your desires.

Sandalwood - Sandalwood is fire and water associative along with being seen as the divine wood. Because of this Sandalwood is a good incense to burn for any deity, and it's also a good incense to use to purify or sanctify an area.

Vanilla - Vanilla is air associative, and it's a good general incense to burn to represent the element of air. Specifically vanilla associates with mental thought, intelligence, and all abilities conferred by these things. The incense is a good choice to burn for deities that are typically looked upon as being concerned with intelligence, like Hermes or Thoth.

Dragon's Blood - Dragon's blood is used for banishing, protection, sexuality, love, and in healing spells involving bleeding."

Dragon's Blood is the one I used to keep at the ready when Shenay had the feeling of being watched by something scary. It worked!

What? No more Teddy bears? Is your army that large? 😉
Jubeele, there was *never* any talk of spirits, or anything supernatural in my Gran's house where I lived until I was 12. There was TONS of love in my Gran's house. Folks also say they can 'feel' the love when they walk into our present home. Maybe that is where my protection comes from?

My Dad's youngest brother, Norman, (the black sheep of the family) started 'indoctrinating' me with ghost stories etc when I was 10 or thereabouts. At that time, they were just that - stories.

Valkricry, (our mod) had a similar problem when she was trying to research a family (?) member. She also had to wait until the time was "right", if I remember correctly. Try explaining why you wish to do this, and 'asking permission' of your Grandmother, or other persons involved, maybe that would help.
Date: 2017-12-09
Hi Jubeele, sorry to hear about your bad turn, but happy that you were comforted by that 'someone' in your time of need.

I am really confused by that shade of light you described. "Silvery-green", you said; I am desperately trying to think what type of lighting would emit that. Crazy as it sounds, I know exactly what you mean by that glow. I have encountered that exact same thing - somewhere, sometime - but I can't for the life of me remember when. 😟 No matter, it helped you get your bearings in the dark.

What a sad story about the young woman. She obviously knew what it was like to feel unwell, therefor sympathized with you, and gave comfort.

I have never visited your adoptive country, only had a stop-over at Sydney airport. I wish we could have gone beyond those walls. The smaller towns sound charming. I am not a big city fan.

Thank you for sharing your well written account. 😊
Date: 2017-12-09
Jubeele, little wonder you associate frankincense with your father's protection. I often wonder if it is the incense that protects us, or the *power* we give it.
I use vanilla, sandalwood, dragon blood, sage or frankincense, depending on my intent, or 'severity' of the case in hand. Sometimes I just burn white rose, to welcome visitors.

Lol, your 'library days' stood you in good stead. I am sure our local librarian got sick of me too - she even greeted me by name. I was an only child for many years, and books were my only friends.

Thanks you for your kind comment on my posts. It warms my hearth to know that you enjoyed them. I do seem to have gone through a whole gamut of emotions, don't I?
Thank you for reading them.

Aah! But teddy bears are your 'thing', aren't they? ❤

Thanks for the welcome back!
Jubeele, I don't ever remember having night terrors as a child, so have no idea what it is like. I don't even have nightmares now. It must be terribly scary.

I never "saw" or "felt" anything as a child. Either it was due to my strict Methodist upbringing, or I have blocked it all out. Maybe I was a 'late bloomer'?

Incense only on Thursdays? Strange! 😲
Date: 2017-12-09
Tweed, I agree with you, how much more of a scare can a person get. If it were me, I am sure I would have dissolved in a puddle of poop! 😨

It's not often I write scary accounts, and thankfully this wasn't my experience. I much prefer my own *mundane* experiences.

Thanks for reading, and your comment, Tweed. Nice to 'see' you again. 😜
Date: 2017-12-09
Dear Babygoatpuller,

I am so sorry to hear of your tummy troubles; it sounds as if they were quite debilitating. I am happy to hear that they are in the past, and hope you are back to full strength now. Small wonder you didn't see my post. You are forgiven, LOL. 😘

My back is much better, thank you. I can now sit without having excruciating pain.

Yes, definitely yes, Nicky was excited at getting such *personal* messages from Angel. They are few and far between, but when they occur, they have a profound impact on her. Other small incidents, she tends to brush off.

Shenay had an incident this past Wednesday. She went to lie down on her bed (in our house) while I nipped across the road to see my friend. On my return, she was all agog to tell me that there had been someone walking up and down the passage between the lounge and her bedroom. She said the footsteps were soft, as if someone didn't want to disturb her. At one point, she heard the click of a lighter - she thought it was me. A minute or two later, she heard the rattle of my keys in the security gate as I opened it to get back into the house.

LOL, I get your drift with the "light as a feather" comment; never thought about it like that before.

As always, thank you for reading, and your comment. I wasn't chiding you, just somewhat surprised to see you hadn't commented before; you are always so consistent/dependable.

Thanks for the Gothic bats, my friend. I shall send them straight back to you.

❤ ❤
Date: 2017-12-08
Oh wow, Jubeele! That must have been super scary - in your own home, your supposed 'safe place'.

I'm so glad your father knew what to do to appease you, and protect you.

I also keep incense in the house for when my granddaughter has felt fearful of unseen (by me) things. I discovered the power of incense a few years ago. I was never brought up with it.

I find it fascinating to read of other beliefs and cultures, especially written in such fluent English as yours.

Thanks so much for sharing.
Hi Jubeele, I may be a bit late, but welcome to YGS.

Your fear was so great that it made the adults 'sit up' and take notice. Was this the first time something like that happened to you, or can't you remember any further back?

To me, it is fascinating when small children have paranormal experiences. Their minds are still pure and uncluttered by adult 'taboo's', for lack of a better word.

Thank you for sharing. 😘
Date: 2017-12-08
Hi Jubeele, thank you, you have just brought something to my attention which I overlooked before. The fact that three of George's senses were involved with his experience. I had never thought of it that way before. Definitely no lucid dream then!

I also grew up in a house with a large pendulum wall clock, hand-carved; an heirloom inherited by my brother in NZ. I can also remember it chiming once, after being stopped for a few months. Thought nothing of it at the time, just surprised.

Thank you for reading, Jubeele, and glad you have enjoyed my accounts.

I must be honest, having been absent for a while, I haven't yet read any of yours - off to do that now.

Date: 2017-12-08
Babygoatpuller, my faithful friend, how lovely to receive a comment from you. 😁

I doubt there is any chance of getting a history of that house. It is more than ten years (I think) since the family moved away to a different town. A history may have proved rather illuminating; also to know if any subsequent occupants had any weird experiences.

How strange that your animals didn't hear, or react, to what you heard. They are usually the first to give the alarm. Hmm?

I don't think my nieces are aware of my interest in 'these things', or how deep their belief is either. I am not in touch with either of them, only George; I suppose I could ask him.
I was reticent to bring up the subject of the supernatural in their presence, as the last time I had seen them they were still little. Also, I had only heard of George being party to anything out of the ordinary.

I notice I didn't receive a comment from you on my previous submission, maybe you missed it. You know I look out for your comments, my friend.

I have had a couple of non-scary things happen recently. I hope to write of them in the near future.

Thank you BGP, for reading, and your kind comment. ❤
Hi Meldel,

It isn't the first time that I have heard of 'someone' pulling blankets off someone as they sleep. My uncle had a similar experience while sleeping at a farm house in the Karoo. I am sure I wrote about his experience.

I have read many accounts of spirits being 'disturbed' during renovations. Scary!

Hope all is well with Sandy and her husband now.
Thanks for sharing.
Date: 2017-12-07
OMW, Meldel,

No wonder the properties were haunted.

I would love to know what went on in the house to cause the French babysitter to abandon a small baby like that. Those must have been very angry spirits! 😨
Hi Meldel,

I have been absent from this site for a while, and am only catching up now.

Back in those days, Miriam was a common name among domestic workers. I would also assume that is who the tall apparition was looking for.

I can picture the whole setting; you have described it well. Also I can imagine your mom's surprise at someone appearing at the back door, although it was far more common in those days.

Thanks for the interesting account.
Date: 2017-12-06
Melda, I reckon George was only too grateful that his scary experience wasn't repeated. It is possible the evil was just passing by.

We also concluded that the footsteps on the stairs were residual - everyone in the house heard those.

I would dearly have loved to hear if the girls had had any strange experiences, but the opportunity to ask them never arose. I didn't want to 'force' the issue.

Thanks Melda, you know I appreciate your comments. ❤