Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A long tailed story!

I have noticed that it has become fashionable to put little black mice and rats on your Halloween stairs/tables/vignettes.  I had a quiet chuckle to myself,  because,  I lived on the Isle of Man (In the Irish Sea) for quite some time.  The inhabitants of the island are very superstitious.  They seriously believe in fairies,  and leave messages for the fairies to ask for help,  pinned to trees at Fairy Bridge.  Even the famous TT motorbike riders go to fairy bridge to ask for help!
Anyway,  they believe that rats are bad fairies.  The word rat is not allowed to be uttered on the island.  They use the word 'long-tails' instead!  I learned this the hard way by uttering the word rat naively at work one day.  The whole office descended into a black silence.


  1. LOve that. I wish i live here I would be right at home.. i did live on a island for a while Hayling Island in hampshire before moving to the states.... the photos are wonderful... and thank you for taking my button for the blissfull ATC swap I have a fariy one on my other blog you may like (it moves) http://blissangels.blogspot.com if you'd like to swap ATC? let me know I will swap will you BLISS.WDA@GMAIL.COM

    have a great day Hugs Wendy

  2. Thanks for sharing, that is so interesting. I seriously wouldn't like to use long tails to decorate my house, haha! It's their long tails that give me the shudders.

  3. Hi Jacqui, The picture you have of your fairy bridge is absolutely beautiful. The creek under the bridge is dreamy. Great story. *hugs*

  4. I dream with a visit to that island!
    I told about it only some days ago in my post about Lady Oswald Fairies as she was borned there
    Meeting you is a pleasure

  5. Great photos and a very interesting post. I don't know about rats being bad fairies but they sure are creepy critters :-)

  6. Long tailed anything gives me the willies!!

    Very cute post. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I'm so glad to get to meet you. I'll be back over to see you soon.


  7. What a lovely blog you have Jacqui. Thank you for following my blog too. I love this story and look forward to your posts! :) Thank you for sharing. ~Janee