A few months ago (February or March) whenever I stood in my kitchen I kept seeing a dark shape out of my peripheral vision, whenever I turned to look there was no-one there but at times the image was so strong I would jump and turn my head quickly always to find that there was no-one there. The vision was unlikely to have been anyone passing by as the kitchen windows overlook a small courtyard which is set back from the main road and adjoins the landlords property, plus if anyone where to be messing about there I would have heard them approach due to the gravel. I did once think it was the homeless man I have often seen in the area (bobbing up and down as he looks for cigarette butts in the drains) and I was quite prepared to write it off as my mind playing tricks on me considering that steam comes out from a vent just opposite the windows until one evening when my boyfriend and I where sitting in the front room and he looked at me and said, "did you hear someone knock on the door?". I hadn't heard anything and if anyone had come to the door we would have heard the gate open and the gravel crunch. Nonetheless my boyfriend went to the door and opened it - there was no-one there, but I did think of what I had thought I had seen outside and considering what happened next its unsurprising that he was the one that heard it.
The next morning my boyfriend told me that he had dreamt last night that he was talking to his father, (his father was an alcoholic and what is termed as a "diabetic in denial" who died when my boyfriend was 14), and he was telling him in the dream all about what was happening with his Grandmother (she has alzheimers and has to go into a home). This is not the first time that I have sensed his fathers presence (although I never knew him). After we moved in together (about 8 years or so ago) I would smell cigarette smoke in the house from time to time, always a very strong odour that would hover for a few moments and then disapate. Neither of us smoke or are around smokers. Sometimes the neighbour would smoke outside but this was not the same heavy smell which was like someone was in the room with you. This has also happened at our current property where no-one smokes and you would actually have to either be in the house or on the property to make that kind of smell. Interestingly both my boyfriends stepmother and his stepgrandmother have had the same thing in their homes. I have never met them and they have never been here.
Since my boyfriend had opened the door and let it in odd things have begun to happen - a few evenings ago I was sitting downstairs reading, the cat was sitting on my lap when we heard the sound of the cord light in the bathroom being pulled. We both heard it and looked up. I wanted to see what Beau would do and she seemed to be listening to something, her ears pricked up and her head tilted. She got off my lap and went to the bottom of the stairs and began watching something. I stayed where I was - there was no way I was going to look! When my boyfriend came home I went upstairs to investigate but I found nothing out of the ordinary, no lights on or anything. I have also seen somethin white like a pair of legs or something moving quickly although very faint in that area. Recently during the night we where both awakened by something crashing to the ground, in the morning I looked to see what it was but could find nothing that hadn't been on the floor in the first place. This is not the first time (not by any means) that I have lived in a house with ghosts.