Last year my friend "S" lived briefly in her ex-husband "C's" "pool cottage". She was in between apartments and he had taken over a large piece of property with extra room for her too. There is a big main house with swimming pool and the pool "cottage" had been available to their shared grown children when home during summers. It was very kind of him to offer it to his ex-wife while it was open.
"S" and her children had been telling me for months about the "magical" property that "C" had come by. The children are 23, 21 and 18 years old. Each had implored me to please come see what I "felt" there. My closest friends know that I am quite sensitive and am able to pick up spirits in certain places.
"S" her children felt that what was there was no "ghost" on this land. They were convinced it was inhabited by fairies or animal spirits of some sort. The middle daughter described to me seeing tiny lights flying out of a tree, into the bushes and being able to hear the bushes rustle as the lights went in them? (We do not have fire flies in this state by the way.) She had many other experiences such as hearing tapping on all of the windows of the sun room she used to sleep in. Tapping that went from one window to another to another completely surrounding the sunroom. She told me she could see some sort of a "being" responsible for the tapping but could only describe it as some sort of "animal-like spirit". This did intrigue me about the place. I don't want to get too involved with what the kids saw and described as it is not first hand. I just want to convey what was told to me that peaked my interest.
This piece of land is approximately 10-15 acres on a hill above our little town in Eastern WA. It was originally purchased for apple crops. The orchard has since been removed. Large metal gates open to a long tree-lined drive way that leads to the main house. The house was built in 1942, a large average house with 3 bedrooms and an in ground pool.
A gorgeous two level pond bubbles in the back. It is filled with water lilies and lined with moss covered stones. Every flower, vine, bush you can imagine (that grows in Eastern WA) has been planted around this yard and house. The original owners must have spent thousands of dollars on their landscaping.
An old greenhouse covered in vines sits on the other side of the driveway still scattered with old pots and garden tools. "C" the new owner, does not enjoy gardening. He simply does his best to maintain what is there... And this is when trying to describe what a huge undertaking that entails is a bit difficult.
The property close to the house looks to be hard enough to maintain- pond, lawns, flowering hedges, perennials, you name it, but as you move further away from the house, the landscaping is mind-boggling. The original owners continually planted flower beds and islands of shrubs and trees. A huge grape growing area is bordered by islands of fir trees and different shrubs, past them are aspen groves, birch groves, then shade plant islands, rows of Japanese maples and flowering quince... There are probably 50 of these islands/landscape beds that creep out into the acreage. The plantings only stopped because the owners moved away. Do any of you recall the "Winchester House"? (Seeing as this is a ghost story website, I am sure a lot of you would.) Sarah Winchester continued to build and build on her mansion to keep the ghosts at bay. This is what the continuous flower beds remind me of.
About 50 feet from the main house stands the "pool cottage". It is a very cute small, one bedroom house with a back porch converted into a sun room/bedroom.
My first visit to the property was a brief late night stop where I could not stay long, but I wanted to at least get out of the car and explore briefly. I was drawn immediately to a huge tree, covered in ivy that stands over the cottage. This giant must be over 100 years old. He is quite a beauty and has grown similar in shape to a goblet. The branches grow out and up, around a large open "space" in the middle of the tree. It looks as though the limbs protect or "cup" that space, if that makes sense. The vibrations from this tree that I felt could only be described as "regal". I didn't feel anything negative, just that he had a very important "job" and seemed to be in charge of the property. I also picked up that absolutely NO ONE was to ever sit in the open spot in the middle of him. I am not sure why... But it was a "no no". I found out afterwards this was the tree that had the lights flying from it.
A few weeks later I was able to explore some more of the property during daylight. Mr. Tree still gave off his royal vibrations and, while I found the place simply gorgeous and was sure if fairies could chose a home this place would be it, I just couldn't understand what I was picking up. Not one human ghostie was to be felt, just something felt "charged" about the plants and area. I was at a loss to explain it.
As I was telling my friend "S" goodbye and getting into my car to leave, movement to the left caught my eye and I turned my head in time to see an animal walking along the inside of the fence line. He was about 100 feet away from me across a large lawn. I thought at first this was a dog but as I watched him run along the fence line... I was just very, very confused. His body was long about 4 ft, he had black shaggy hair, but ran on legs that looked no more than approximately 6 inches tall. The closest thing I could compare him to was a black Corgi but so much larger and deformed looking. He disappeared into the landscape. "S" did not see it but could tell that I had seen "something". She simply said "If you figure out what is going on up here, let me know."
I have googled a description of that creature, searched mythical creatures, elementals and nature spirits to no avail. My friend has since moved. The only info I can find on the parcel is that it was previously agriculture land and part of it is still in the original family's trust. Any ideas out there?