by Ann Morven

© copyright Ann Morven

Smashwords Edition 2009
Published by Darling Newspaper Press
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.

First published Darling Newspaper Press 2006
in "Short Trips, tales that entertain" isbn 095906303X

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LOCALS called it the witch house, and for half a century it was a hospice where old folk came to spend their final days. But to Joan and Simon, a couple with a young family, it had character, comfort and surprisingly low cost.

The well near the back door was a quaint feature of its peaceful garden in the English countryside. Joan gazed from the kitchen window and marvelled that her new home inspired village myths.

Probably it’s the garden pieces,” the selling agent had suggested. “No doubt you’ve heard the tittle-tattle that each one of those marks a secret grave or an evil spell. It’s nonsense. Those African idols just look a bit weird. The first owner left them behind.”

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