Ralfie and Jemima

Ralfie and Jemima

Monday 31 October 2016

Midnight, Moonlight and Magic (Pt 1)

It was two weeks before Halloween and the Periwinkles were busy as bees.

First, Mommy cut a loaf of bread.

Then she filled the washing machine with dirty laundry.

Finally she started to cook a cabbage soup for supper.

Daddy was also busy. He was upstairs tidying Jemima's bedroom.


Then he went onto the balcony to check the plant for withered leaves.

He watered it with a teapot, because he couldn't find the watering can. Then he murmured some friendly words to the plant and told it some gossip he had heard in town the other day.

The only members of the family that weren't busy that afternoon 
were Pip and Molly.

Pip was sleeping on a cushion on top of the sofa

and Molly was ogling the beautiful plate of fruit and cheese.

While the soup was simmering in the kitchen, Julie opened the cupboard where they kept the mail. She had received a letter that day she had not yet had the time to read. It was from her good friend Hester Hogwart. 

Why would Hester send her a letter? She did not know.

She opened it and sat down to read. The front of the letter said 
"Happy Halloween".

On the back was a handwritten message from Hester that said:

Dear Julie,

I invite you to my workshop "Midnight, Moonlight and Magic" 
on October 31st at 9pm. (Please see map down below for locale.) 
Attendance is free. Only requirements are warm clothing, a magic broom 
and an open mind. 

With love,

"My goodness, a witch seminar, Molly! How exciting! I'll definitely attend."

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Jemima was finishing a work of art.

Quackie was watching her, desperately trying to ignore the orange donuts on the plate next to her. They were a present from Hester and the black spider topping was freaking her out.

James entered the kitchen and asked, "What's this, love?"

"I dwew a picture of Jack, Daddy!"

"He really does look like our jack-o'-lantern, Jemima! Great job!" said James and gave his daughter a cuddle.


I would like to introduce my three spooky jack-o'-lanterns. 
I carved them myself.

And I would like to give a huge 

to all you lovely people that have been 
supporting me and my blog over the past months

with your comments!!!

It means a lot to me.



  1. Aha! I can foresee preparation for Halloween at both the Periwinkles and Hogwarts. Thank you Nina for another lovely story!
    Hugs, Drora

    1. You got it, Drora! Especially Hester has been preparing like crazy... I think she might need a vacation when Halloween is over! ;)

  2. Jemima ist ja eine richtige kleine Künstlerin - ein tolles Bild! Und irgendwie beneide ich ja nun Julie... ein Hexenworkshop... Midnight, Moonlight and Magic... fehlt nur noch ein Glas Rotwein! *lach* Aber vermutlich wird es eher Kürbisbowle geben, nun, wir werden sehen. Ich freue mich schon sehr auf Teil 2... zumal ich dann auch eine kleine Freude habe, während meine pelzigen Mitbewohner auf der Halloweenparty am Hexenturm feiern (für die ich ja nun mal leider viel zu groß bin) bis der Arzt kommt... oder der Zauberbesen alle vom Platz fegt, weil nun endlich mal wieder durchgewischt werden muss, man weiß es immer nicht... *lach*

    Liebe Halloween-Grüße

    1. Oh, da muss ich gleich mal schauen gehen, was heute Abend bei euch so los ist.... Eine Halloweenparty im Hexenturm hört sich guuut an. Vielleicht kann uns doch noch schnell eine unserer Hexen kleinzaubern, damit wir da mitmachen können??

  3. What a lovely story Nina! I am very interested to read a story about the witches workshop and all of the things that will occur there. Has Hester found a way to get rid of the poltergeist yet?

    1. Hi Emily! :) I'm really glad about that, because Hester has asked me to take photos of the workshop! So you'll be reading more about that soon.

      No, Hester hasn't solved the poltergeist problem yet. She is still searching the books for a solution and has contacted a renowned ghost-extermination agency that might be able to do something. (It has a looong waiting list though...)

  4. I so enjoy your stories and images! Always a delight and a pleasure. Thank you. Hope all the Periwinkles enjoyed Halloween. x

    1. LeeAnn, thank you. Thank you so much.

      The Periwinkles have had an excellent Halloween and you will be able to witness Julie on her witchy adventure very soon. :)

      Jemima (who is chewing on a Halloween gummy spider) says hi. :)

  5. I loved it so much, Nina!! The story is great but the pictures are fantastic too! I enjoy looking at the little details and all the miniatures around. I love that house and the way you decorated. It feels really cozy and homely.
    A witch seminar sounds really exciting! Looking forward to see what Hester is going to teach!
    By the way, the front of the card looks great and your carved jack-o lanterns too!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, it's always a pleasure to read your comments. :) Also, you are the first to mention my jack-o'-lanterns.

      Hester's event was thrilling, but I'll let you see for yourself soon...

  6. I think Pip has the right idea- lol. The midnight magic sounds exciting- I'm going to read the next one now :)

    1. Heehee, yes, Pip is a smart one. :D He never overexerts himself. :D