When I arrived at The Mantle Mansion this morning I was distracted by something I had passed at the entrance. I wandered into the kitchen, poured myself a cup of coffee and greeted Their ‘Ships, who were dining on kedgeree and peasant porridge. “What is that out the front?” I questioned. They giggled in a very un-Lord and Lady manner. I was perturbed, what was so amusing about that innocent query? “The new plants by the door? What are they and where have they come from?” The dejected couple led me back to whence I had come to show me what I should have seen on my arrival. My defence for missing their pre-halloween prank was that I was distracted by some plants. This isn’t the first time it has happened, but it is the first time a skull was involved.