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The Burley Ghost

Did We Take A Photograph Of A Ghost At The Weekend?

The Burley Ghost 1 CroppedCould it be that this past weekend we took a photograph of a ghost in an old pub?

Debbie and I took a trip out to The New Forest on Saturday, to the village of Burley in the heart of the forest, where we went for a nice walk in one of the heathland parts of the forest, then went to The Queen’s Head Pub for a bite to eat, before browsing the little shops in the village, several of which have a witchcraft theme, the village being linked to a white witch, Cybil Leek who lived in the village in the 1950′s.

I just downloaded the photographs that we took, which include several taken inside The Queen’s Head, that we thought might be useful to add to Debbie’s Squidoo page on Pub Grub.

The curious thing is that I made sure nobody was in the pictures, because Debbie wasn’t too happy about taking pictures inside the pub without asking, and in the first picture there is a woman, however she just doesn’t look right.

I took the photos to capture the chalk boards with the menu specials on, and in the first photo you can clearly see a woman, but the outline of her hair looks like it has erased part of the price of one of the menu items.   Even stranger though is the fact that she isn’t in the second picture, but the price is still showing as if it has been partly erased.

Is this just a coincidence I wonder, or did we capture a ghost on film (well digital media)?

The pub is just one of a number of locations in the New Forest that is supposed to be haunted, which I did not know until I did some research this evening.

If you click on the photos below, they link to the full size originals, but BE WARNED these are 3.5mb each in size, so they might take a while to load.

Try zooming in on the woman, she just looks wrong and sort of ghostly.  Unfortunately I took the photos without flash so they are a bit grainy which doesn’t help.

The Burley Ghost 1 - look how the woman's hair seems to obscure the price on the chalk board.

In the second photo from a slightly different angle the woman has gone, however the chalkboard for the White Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake still looks as if the shadow of her head is there, and the price has been partly erased, or at least it looks like it.

The Burley Ghost 2 (Small)

So what do you think?

Is this a ghost, or just a coincidence.

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Come To Bournemouth Before The Summer Ends

The south of England has seen some exceptional weather this summer, and like most seaside resorts, Bournemouth has been really busy with tourists and day-trippers wanting to go to some of the best beaches on the South Coast.

Last weekend was completely miserable, with low cloud and almost constant drizzle, but it still didn’t stop over 250,000 people turning out for the four day Bournemouth Air Show, even though some of the aerial festivities had to be cancelled, including the only flying Vulcan bomber.

But there is still a lot of summer left hopefully, and this coming weekend is August Bank Holiday, the perfect time to take off for the South Coast and to spend a few days at the seaside.

If you are thinking of visiting Bournemouth and you haven’t found anywhere to stay yet, HERE are some of the best hotels in the area, and some more visitor information to help you out.  

If you can’t find a place to stay there that suits your needs, try Hotels.com which includes all the hotels and guest houses in the Bournemouth area.

Bournemouth has so much to offer the tourist, and it’s far more than just beaches.

Just a couple of miles to the west you have the millionaires paradise of Sandbanks, then the historic town of Poole with it’s harbour and Brownsea Island, home of the first ever Boy Scout camp.

Further west you have the beautiful Purbeck Hills, with the seaside town of Swanage, the majectic ruins of Corfe Castle, and of course the Tank Museum at Bovington, which houses the largest display of tanks in the world.

In 15 minutes travelling east from Bournemouth, you come to the historic market town of Christchurch, with it’s ancient priory church, old buildings, and scenic walks along the river.

Christchurch is right on the edge of The New Forest, a national park that was set up 1,000 years ago by William The Conqueror, and where horses, cattle and deer roam free.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when discussing things to do and places to visit in the Bournemouth area of Dorset.

Come visit soon, and be prepared for a wonderful time in this historic and beautiful part of Southern England.