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Chick Flick Classics ~~ The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

On the days leading up to Halloween, I thought I would reblog a few old posts! This post is all about one of my fave black and white movies ‘The Ghost and Mrs Muir’ and is a spooky romance starring Rex Harrison and the gorgeous Gene Tierney. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

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ghost1Iโ€™m a bit of a rom com and chick flick fan and Iโ€™ve probably seen just about every film made in the genre from the past twenty plus years ( ok maybe not all of them but quite a few! ), So I thought I would delve a wee bit further into the past and get watching a few classics from the Silver Screen. I shall be updating my Love Film list and hopefully discovering some New Old romances and tearjerkers. But for now I shall share with you one of my favorite 40โ€™s fantasy films The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) is the story of a young widow Lucy Muir played by the beautiful Gene Tierney, who flees her stifling snobby in laws with her young daughter. They find an old cottage by the sea called โ€˜Gull Cottageโ€™ which no one has lived inโ€ฆ

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Ten Fun things to do in December.

Winter is nearly here ! And festive thoughts abound as December is almost upon us. I thought I would compile a Top Ten post ~ so wrap up snug and warm and take a look. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Get your Skates On. Lots of large towns and cities open up temporary open air ice skating rinks at this time of year.ย  Time to twirl as snowflakes fall. Or at least cling to the side with a hot chocolate and watch the experts glide by.

Christmas Cocktails. Expand your Christmas cocktail repertoire ( Maybe I should experiment more ~ than just Baileys & Ice. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) , here are some festive fizz and merry mulled wine recipes to indulge in.

Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE!
Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE!

Christmas Markets. Continental Christmas Markets spring up all over the UK every winter these days so there is no excuse not to browse the Bavarian style wooden chalet stalls with their endless supplies of French cheese, Smoked sausages, festive decorations and winter warming gluwein. Or step back in time at a Dickensian Christmas market where traders dress in costume and sell food and wares from a bygone era. Find out where Christmas markets are setting up near you here.

Festive Forage. A winters walk in the bracing cold air could prove festively fruitful. Bring the outside in this December and hunt for holly, fir cones, scarlet berries, snow berries and evergreens to decorate your home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Afternoon Tea. Well I would never normally need an excuse to treat myself to Afternoon tea, but hey if there was ever a time to indulge yourself…..December must be it! Why not look out for a ‘Christmas Inspired Afternoon Tea’ like this one I posted about last year. Divine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen.
Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen.

Chilling Tales. Get cozy by the fire and scare yourself silly with a few spine tingling Christmas ghost stories. Charles Dickens himself was fond of a Christmas Spine tingling tale and he wrote several short stories as well as his most famous, ‘a Christmas Carol’. In the Victorian era, Christmas Eve was the time to gather round the embers and tell each other ghost stories. Merry ghoultide…..

Other Countries Christmas Traditions. Why not incorporate other countries Christmas traditions into your yuletide festivities. Having recently travelled to Iceland ( you know about that right;)) , I treated myself to a book about the Yule lads and the Yule Cat ( naughty elves and a scary looking moggie) who leave presents in shoes left out for them. Nice ones I hope! Maybe I shall leave a shoe in my window. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yule Lads and Yule Cat.
Yule Lads and Yule Cat.

Roast Chestnuts. I for one am not lucky enough to have an open fire so I may check out how to roast them in the good old oven. mmmmmm I have a hankering for this tasty winter snack already.

Christmas Eve Box. A tradition I took up last year and hope to continue with, is a fun one for all the family ( or whoever you spend Christmas Eve with). Wrap up a cardboard box with Christmas paper and fill with bits and bobs to enjoy over the evening. Festive pjs, family movies, sweets, hot chocolate mugs, christmas tunes. Whatever takes your fancy. I really had fun making up mine for myself and the other half. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Eve box contains ~ boozy gifts ( reduced at sainsburys), Lidl Gingerbread and chocs, The Hangover 3 on dvd, Pants for poverty boxers ( for him) and snuggly fawn hot water bottle ( for me) :)
Christmas Eve box contains ~ boozy gifts ( reduced at sainsburys), Lidl Gingerbread and chocs, The Hangover 3 on dvd, Pants for poverty boxers ( for him) and snuggly fawn hot water bottle ( for me) ๐Ÿ™‚

Get Away! Theres nothing more relaxing than getting away from all the hustle and bustle of the build up to Christmas. Indeed getting away from it all together and spending Christmas away from home was what we did a couple of years ago.Just us and the hound in a cozy cottage over Christmas.Even had that real fire, I so lust after. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out Sykes Cottages for last minute deals.

Hope my list has inspired you.Feel free to list any more December treats in the comments below. :))

Ghostly Movies….of the not to scary kind. ….

As I had such a wicked time compiling my spellbinding screen witches post, I thought I would assemble a list of ghost movies.Bareย  in mind though I’m a bit of a scaredy pants when it comes to ghosties and ghouls , so most of my films contain friendly apperitions.

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Blithe Spirit (1945). ~ Noel Coward’s madcap comedy is given the big screen treatment with Rex Harrison playing an author whose late wife’s ghost comes back to haunt him and his present wife. Margaret Rutherford plays the ditzy clairvoyant house guest who appears to have summoned her over from the other side.

The Corpse Bride (2005). Bittersweet fairy tale, animated in Tim Burton’s kooky style. A nervous bridegroom to be accidentally finds himself betrothed to ‘the Corpse bride’ , when practising his wedding vows in the forest. Johnny Depp stars.

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Scooby – Doo (2002). Scooby, Shaggy and gang are reunited after acrimoniously going their separate ways. Can they solve the spooky goings on in an island horror resort.Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

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Truely, Madly, Deeply (1990). When Nina’s soul mate dies she pines for him so much, he finds his way back to her.Heart warming love story about the choice between an enduring love and new beginnings. Get the hanky’s out.

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The Ghost and Mrs Muir ( 1947).
Rex Harrison must have enjoyed appearing in spooky romantic comedy’s. Here he plays a grumpy sea captain ,haunting
prospective buyers of his coastal cottage.Gene Tierney is the young widow who won’t take any nonsense.

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Casper (1995). Based on the cartoon strip ‘Casper, the friendly ghost’ , this is a sweet family fantasy film. A slightly kooky ‘ghost therapist’ takes a job in a creepy old manor house to rid it of its resident trouble making ghosts. He is accompanied by his young daughter Kat , who befriends the spirit of a young boy living there too. Fave line of the movie ~ Casper saying to Kat, “Can I keep you”. Aw.

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Portrait of Jennie (1948). An aspiring artist (Joseph Cotton) meets a young school girl Jennie ( Jennifer Jones) and paints a portrait of her. Over the next few months he sees her several more times and at each meeting she seems to have aged a little more. He soon realises she may not be of this world…..

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Charlie St Cloud (2010) Zac Efron plays Charlie whose younger brother was killed years earlier in a car accident. Charlie can still see his deceased sibling as long as he meets him in the same place ,at the same time every day. Eventually he will have to choose between living in the past and saving a life. A sweet touching tale.

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Beetlejuice (1988). This has to be my favourite Tim Burton film. ๐Ÿ™‚ Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin play a recently passed away married couple who seek the services of bio-exorcist ‘Beetlejuice’ to rid their home of its awful new owners. Michael Keaton and the wonderful Winona Ryder co star.

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The Uninvited (1945). Spooky ghost story about a brother and sister who fall in love with a house on the coast, only to find out it contains an evil presence……..

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Scrooge ~ A Christmas Carol ( 1951). There are lots of versions of Dicken’s spooky Christmas classic. My personal fave is probably the muppets one …..but Alistair Simm makes a suitably humbug Mr Scrooge in this version. Will nightly visits from three ghosts convince him to change his miserly ways….

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Paranorman (2012). Young Norman sees spirits of the dead everywhere he goes, but nobody else can see them, so he gets bullied.:( Halloween arrives and so do witches, ghosts and zombies. I love this cute animated comedy horror!

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Ghostbusters (1984).
A ghost catching business gets more than it bargains for when huge marshmallow like monster ghosts invade New York.Classic 80’s comedy.Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.Who ya gonna Call? Ghostbusters!!

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Ghost ( 1990). And I’ll end with a big dollop of spooky romance. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore provide the emotion and Whoopi Goldberg the laughs in this tear jerking and spine tingling drama. I think this other worldly hit might be on my Halloween film list this year….

What ghostly movies will you be snuggling up to on the 31st?