Tuesday 25 October 2022

Halloween Auction Open Items Roundup

The Halloween Horror Auction raising money for the German Shepherd Dog Welfare Fund is in full steam approaching All Hallows Eve. There are still some amazing and a few unique horror themed items available with more to be added daily. Here's the list of items available for bidding:

These aren't auctions, but part of the same fundraising event and feature art (including my back piece)  from one of my favourite contemporary artists.

Thursday 20 October 2022

Added to Halloween Auction - Jack – Deconstructed. Mixed Media Abstract Art by Eilidh Griffiths

The talented Eilidh Griffiths has generously donated this excellent abstract piece titled 'Jack - Deconstructed' to the Halloween Horror Auction supporting the GSD Welfare Fund.

‘Jack Deconstructed #1 ‘ is a mixed media, an abstract art piece which shows the shapes and colours of the traditional Halloween “Jack o’ Lantern” along with invoking the feeling of chilly, misty mornings where you can smell the frost in the air, which then clear into crisp days with aqua skies.

This will make a very nice addition to any Halloween / Autumn or Pumpkin lover’s home as an abstract art piece.

It is approximately 20 cm x 15cm or 8 x 6 inches in size and is worked upon a canvas board with several different media including collaged paper and acrylic paint. Signed and dated on the rear, by the artist and initialled on the front. It is sealed with matt acrylic varnish and is supplied without a frame.

You can discover more of her art on Instagram: @alesgriff.art

Bid now to own this eye-catching and thoughtful work of art in time for Halloween:



Halloween Horror Auction Update


We only have 11 days left of the Halloween Horror Auction raising money urgently needed to support the GSD Welfare Fund. Firstly a thank you to everyone who's participated we've raised just over £200, but we still have many cool items coming every day until Halloween.

We also still have some open auctions - take a look and see if anything catches your eye!


Sunday 9 October 2022

My Destiny Revealed

For a fundraising event for the Defibrillators in the village (a sensible precaution considering it has taken more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive for an emergency before and one I no doubt will take advantage of at some stage) a spirituality and well-being event was being held today. It's not generally my type of thing, although an Indian Head Massage is always welcome, but not immediately available today. 

I did fancy a Tarot reading though, in part because I tried one over 30 years ago, and the heretic (just kidding!) drew the cards and then promptly refused to do my reading. No doubt she enjoyed a penchant for the dramatic. So to support a worthy local cause I decided to give it another go it was fun and to be fair didn't quite follow the expected pattern.

Donations can be made here:


I know how these readings work, whether consciously on the part of the practitioner or not but even so it did head in some interesting directions. So, as a marker for the future, I'm going to write down the path of my destiny and we shall see how it shapes up over the coming years. 

I'll note before we start that I went along with it, except in a few parts - I didn't deliberately set her up, or make it difficult. I also didn't get the straight tarot reading I intended and instead received one guided by a spirit medium which was supplemented with a divination deck I wasn't familiar with.

And so without further ado...

Slaine by Clint Langley
My Destiny Revealed

Apparently, she'd noticed me upon entering the Hall. Firstly for the fact I possess an old would. One that has journeyed through many lives, all of them leading up to my current existence and preparing me for my final task upon the Earth where my next awaited me in the next one. Sounds better than your standard fetch quest so I'm in :-) It's also a rare event to meet someone on their final turn of the wheel, which is fine with me as I consider reincarnation to be one of the worst forms of damnation 👿 

I'd previously been informed that my Spirit Companion was a Bear - not an unreasonable thought I think. However in this case it was a Celtic Warrior. One formidable enough to help protect me through my many tribulations. Now the fact I wore a Blood for the Blood God t-shirt and general look no doubt provided her with a hint, but when I tried to guide her in a more Norse direction she initially went with it, but then returned and insisted on a Celtic warrior - so Slaine it is and I'm fine with that. I don't have Brainbiter so will have to add that beauty to my collection.

As for my ultimate task, all the militaristic build-up veered off on an unexpected tangent. I'm due to become some manner of healer, not in a medical or laying on of hands sense though. Instead, I have a gift (or will develop one) for being able to heal people by being in their presence and able to unlock whatever is blocking them from healing or healing them myself. 

I would also be able to have a similar effect from my writing - so maybe she's a fan of the blog too :-)

A slightly interesting aspect here is that in my younger days I used to be able to read people quite well - well enough that I could generally figure out what their issues might be without having met them before. There's no special power here besides just listening to what is being said, or not said as the case may be.

There was a strange moment when a dead loved one made an experience, but I have no idea who it was meant to be.

The session was only 20 minutes and the remainder was some fairly standard self-help style guidance. It wasn't an unpleasant way to spend the time and certainly cheaper than a therapist. And now we'll see my destiny manifest :-)

Here's the link again if you wish to contribute to the village's defibrillators:


And thanks to Lucy and co for putting it all together!

Wednesday 5 October 2022

Halloween Horror Auction - Original Painting by Luciana Nedelea Added

 Auction Quick List

Original Richly Detailed Horror Painting of a Spirit in Candlelight

Original Richly Detailed Horror Painting of a Spirit in Candlelight by Luciana Nedelea (the amazingly talented Romanian artist who designed my back piece as well as many album covers, bespoke design and atmospheric paintings).

This mixed medium painting is intricately detailed and signed on dated on the back. It is painted on paper and measures 22 x 22 cm.

The painting is from my personal collection to help raise funds for the GSD Welfare Fund.

Bid here to own this original piece of artwork - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/364006019323

Tuesday 4 October 2022

Halloween Horror Auction - Signed Copy of Faust 2.0 Added

A new item has been added to the Halloween Horror Auction supporting the GSD Welfare Fund - you can see the master list of auctions and offers here:


Signed Copy of Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes

Today's new auction is a signed copy of my reimagining of the classic Faustian Pact legend in a modern setting.

Is it the rebirth of an ancient evil in a new realm? Or something much worse?

A sexy looking avatar grants wishes for people across the web, but nothing is truly free, and for those who accept, what price must be paid?

Sarah Mitchell must discover the truth of this creature and stop it while it can still be stopped, but why is a mysterious lawyer dogging her every step?

Bid here to win your copy - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/364004523403 

Monday 3 October 2022

Halloween Horror Auction -- Various Horror/Dark Fantasy A3 Prints/Posters

Here's a new range of items available in the Halloween Horror Auction throughout this month. A master page listing all items as they're added can be found here https://gsdwelfare.blogspot.com/p/halloween-horror-auction.html

Various Horror/Dark Fantasy A3 Prints/Posters

Technically not an auction, but you can satisfy that retail therapy urge and buy one or more right now! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/364002142966


Start setting the mood for a Horrifying Halloween with these prints from original artwork created by the amazingly talented Luciana Nedelea - discover more of her art here:

I will be donating a few original pieces by her from my personal collection - not these ones - I'd want serious money to consider parting with them. Especially The Space Inbetween piece. That started life as a book cover for a Milton/Lovecraft crossover that still hasn't come together yet, There are lots of lovely details and the Paradise Lost influence is evident so I'll post an article with more detail on my Paradise Lost blog soon.

However, it did find a new purpose and became the design for my back piece as you can see below:


Treat yourself or someone you know to one of these darkly wonderful art prints. They're exclusively licensed so not available anywhere else.


Sunday 2 October 2022

History of Christchurch Website Launched

I'm pleased to announce that a project I've meant to put together since moving into the village is finally live. The History of Christchurch website assembles the documented history of the village into a single online resource (although it may well become a book at some stage). Although it's now live, it's far from complete, and it's too much for me alone.

I've found the process fascinating and there's a wealth of information still to be uncovered and added. If you have historical knowledge or material that can be added then get in touch.

Help is also needed in preparing materials and text for the site. Looking at the longer term I'd like to expand the site to record more than just the village's documented history, but also to capture the living history of our residents past, present and future.

I'm also asking local businesses to help fund the costs of operating the site. Don't worry it's only £10 per calendar year to include an advert for your business on the website. More details can be found on the local businesses page.

I hope you find the site interesting and feel free to use the contact us form to send me any feedback, I hope you'll get involved :-)

Saturday 1 October 2022

Two Days Left to Enter Your Calendar Photos


We've received a flurry of entries over the past couple of days, but there are still two more days to get your entries in for the GSD Welfare Fund's 2023 Calendar. Whether it's your favourite photo or matching one of the monthly themes, they need to be submitted along with your £3 entry fee before Monday 3rd October. Full details can be found here:


Please, Follow, Like and Share this post to keep informed and encourage as many entries as possible!