Sunday, November 30, 2008
A flurry of activity last night.
We were woken by the sound of galloping hooves on gravel and stone. Harold and I looked out of the window to see between twenty and thirty horses charging across the grounds.*
We worked out they had entered through the woods and across the bridge, but once in the grounds proper they were unable to escape – following the wall took them to the (closed) main gates then back up the drive, through the stable yard** and past the back of the house.
Felicia and Harold tried to herd them back into the woods and across the bridge, but even a werewolf shies away from two dozen terrified horses. Surprisingly, Julie saved the day by unearthing a spell to calm them all down, after which we called the local riding stables to see if they’d escaped from there. They turned up with all the gear they needed to lead them all home, although they wouldn’t tell us why they’d all escaped.
We had a call from the stable manager this morning to thank us for our help and to ask if we’d seen another horse – apparently there was one still missing. He didn’t offer to pay for the damage to the lawns, though, so we took photographs and put in an insurance claim. Meanwhile Devious is tamping out 30,000 divits.
I have a huge barbeque planned for later today if anyone would like to come. If you’ll excuse me, I have to go marinade seventy fresh steaks.
*Harold claimed it was fifty but he was out by a mile.
** Which has no horses but several garages full of junk.
Image: Midnight Blues Horse © 2008 Laurie Justus Pace