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.

12 thoughts on “Distracted

  1. Many years ago, while still in school, I went out to get the newspaper from the driveway, and came back in with an odd feeling that something was not right. I stepped back outside to realize that there was a sea lion in the front lawn. He had wallowed about to make a crater big enough to park a Volkswagen in, but was still when I went by him.

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  2. They should think themselves lucky. If they had left a tray with free seeds in it, you wouldn’t have got as far as walking past your breakfasting clients to the coffee pot! But be thankful. Few clients would create a statue in their gardens with a likeness of their gardener. It’s a compliment.


  3. I am very relieved I am unlikely to be bothered by a sea lion in rural Devon! The moles manage to do do more than enough.


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