I recently read a blog post entitled ‘The Gate of Gifts’. 1 I found it quite heart-warming (it brought tears to my eyes in a good way); the experiences mentioned in the post chimed with things that have happened to me over the years and reminded me of some unusual events leading up to and after my dad passed away in April 2010.
On the day that my dad was rushed into hospital, my home phone was not working. There was nothing wrong with it, it started working again the day after… My heating had also broken down a couple of days before. 2
When it was time to visit my dad on his last day in this world, all the roads to the hospital were blocked and I had to be creative to get there in time for the visiting slot. I was meeting my mum and brother who were already there and I was worrying because I knew my brother would be stressed because I was late. When I left the hospital room I knew I would never see my dad again.
For that reason I took this photo of the beginning of a sunset. The actual sunset was amazing, something I have never seen before or since. I saw it in the rear view mirror as I was driving back to my parents’ house. 3 The sky was orange and the sun was a bright orange disc gradually changing to an intense red colour. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky so the sun was a perfect circle with a different shade of orangey/red behind it. 4
One evening several months before my dad passed away when I was visiting my parents I pressed the doorbell and it played a completely different melody to usual. My dad opened the door and we commented on it and he tried it out a few times but it had reverted back to its usual sound. Everyone else claimed we were hearing things and it never did it again until one morning a few days after my dad passed away… When I pressed the bell it took me by surprise by playing that same unusual melody. My mum opened the door and said “I don’t know why it did that!” 5
When we returned to my mum’s house after my dad’s funeral some plants my dad had ordered (several months before) were unexpectedly sitting on the doorstep. 6
A few months later I spent time with my mum on my dad’s birthday helping her to choose a memorial rose in his memory. Later in the day when we were leaving mum’s house ready for an evening meal at my house I heard what I thought was a door shutting upstairs. When I went to investigate I found that the door to my dad’s office, which even now is always left open, had blown shut… This reminded me that my mobile phone had been playing up in a very unusual way earlier in the day… 7
Other odd things happened after my dad passed away…
The doorbell rang randomly at my mum’s house when no-one was there. For many months a telephone rang in her dining room where there is no phone and nothing in the room that could make that noise. There were many electrical failures particularly in my mum’s house but there were also some in mine. There was a very strange incident involving a glass shelf…
Around October 2011 I was at home alone eating my evening meal. I was using the lights in the side unit rather than the main light and my thoughts were away with the fairies, as they often are when I have peace and quiet. The light dimmed and I looked around because I thought the bulb had blown. What I saw was the light slowly dimming and growing bright again three or four times. I thought it was a bit strange but it stopped and I thought nothing more of it, until a few months later…
On Christmas day I scheduled a picture of my mum and dad (taken on the last Christmas we had with my dad) to post as we sat down to dinner. It was a very happy thought and it made me smile. As we sat down to dinner the same light slowly dimmed and grew bright three or four times… 8
Things that make you go hmm…
4 Cragside Revisited (comments section)