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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1)

Gramfer

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 7 — Between the Walls: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1) Stan and Bethany eventually grew engrossed in a conversation about India. Gramfer signaled me to tiptoe out of the dining room back to the lounge. He sat in one comfy chair, I in one across from him. […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Why Do You Stay?

Why Do You Stay

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 6 — Between the Walls: “Why Do You Stay?” [Note: the featured picture is of Solihull monestary. The training ground, at the time, for, among others, many of the sort of (male) clerics that Bethany had encountered, and had judged her and put her to death. The sort […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Between the Walls: Bethany’s Tale

Bethany

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 5 — Between the Walls: Bethany’s Tale Gramfer removed Bethany’s mask and held her for a long while, comforting her in the way he’d sometimes held me, and more often held my Auntie Gene. Bethany’s face returned to its unearthly pallor, her gown to its simple white satin. […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Screen & the Toast

The Screen

Walking Backwards for Christmas: Between the Walls: The Screen & the Toast [Note: the featured picture is of The Screen, or as best as I’ve been able to render it during Robbin’s (temporary) absence. It’s a pocket-sized device that helps Reggie tune his guitar. In later books, mandolin, harp, bass guitar and even a harpsichord, […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Bethany, Queen of Christmas

Queen of Christmas

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 3– Between the Walls: Bethany, Queen of Christmas The crack was resounding and reassuring, tangible in an environment where I was certain of very little, but also caused me to worry that we might cave in the hollow section of the wall where we were; from the look […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Christmas Tea & Crackers

Christmas Tea

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 2 — Between the Walls: Christmas Tea & Crackers I wasn’t following this at all. “Wot walls?” “There be a wall, fixed and immutable, between the living and the dead. It be one rare soul indeed as can exist fully formed on both sides of that wall. Some, […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Between the Walls

Between the walls

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 1 — Between the Walls: “As If” “I won’t linger and lie about if I frighten you, Reggie lad.” “No…” I heard myself mumble. “Don’ go ….” I was just coming to, wondering how and when I’d moved from the dining room to the version of the lounge […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Bethany and The Hollow Tree

Bethany

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 7: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Bethany and The Hollow Tree [note: Just to remind everyone where we were three weeks ago, Reggie and Stan followed Bethany’s ghost past the Ravenshaw Ford bridge, along the River Blythe, when they become enveloped […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Edgbaston Stan

Stan

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston,  September 1960,  “Stan” [Notes: (1) The featured picture is an early version of Reggie. We thought it looked too serious at the time, but as the story gets darker in later books we may well return to him, aging him a bit […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: As at Ravenshaw Ford

Ravenshaw Ford

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1, Solihull,  August 1960,  “As at Ravenshaw Ford” [Note: The featured picture is a picture of Reg/Reggie’s maternal grandfather, aka “Gramfer,” aka “Fen,” as he appeared in the penultimate version of the cover. With tears in our eyes, we decided he was cluttering the […]

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