a message from beyond

I don’t believe in ghosts or messages from the other side or anything like that, but occasionally something happens which if I did believe in these things, would seem significant. I confess I am an untidy person, and absent minded too, so I put things down and forget where I have put them and possibly have no thought of having had them as my mind was taken up with something else when they were last in my hand. I’ve been making feeble attempts to tidy here where I work, which means moving things from here to there, and there to here.

Yesterday, I was surprised to see a handwritten recipe just by my keyboard. How had it got there, where had it come from? I had no memory of every having seen it before, but the it was, a mackerel recipe o a piece of white unlined notepaper, maybe three inches by five. It was written in blue fountain pen, and was, unmistakeably, my dear mother-in-law’s elegant handwriting. On the back, in black ink this time was written ‘Glacé cherries’. I’m sure this recipe had been slipped in among the pile of stuff, possibly fallen out of one of her cookery books I have inherited, but it did make me smile as I imagined someone who believed in the supernatural might have had different ideas, a message from beyond, maybe!

Here is mother-in-law’s recipe:

  • 2 filleted mackerels
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 1 tsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tiny piece of bay leaf
  1. place fillets in flat dish with all other ingredients
  2. season and cook – 200º C I think he said & about 10-15 minutes


  1. Klausbernd

    Dear Lois,
    thank for your recipe. Fresh mackarels are easy to get here and we love fish.
    We know those situations where it would be easy to believe in ghosts or spirits. We experience it sometimes in our library. We are looking for book and think we know where it should be but can’t find it. The next day we have a look again and exactly where we looked it’s standing there. Our Bookfayries told us there are other book fairies around who move books. Well …
    Thanks and cheers
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Lois

      Dear Fab Four, we have book fairies too! A book I had been looking for over several weeks suddenly appeared on the printer!! I hope the fairies enjoyed reading it before they returned it! Good night, sleep tight! xx

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