Of course my husband, who grew up in new-ish apartments in Beverly Hills, thinks this is all a load of hooey and won't hear a word about it.
While staying with a very old and dear school friend in Dorset this summer, in an elegant late 18th century country house, I slept very poorly. Minky and I shared an awfully pretty room with waxy chintz curtains, a view of the stables, a bathroom full of delicious Floris soap, starched white sheets that were cool to the touch and lots of fat, new glossy magazines piled on the round table by the bed.
|Minky in our pretty, blue room|
At breakfast the following morning, with the sun streaming in, and delicious bowls of grapefruit and cups of tea, my friend asked me how I slept. I told her that it was a bit of an odd night, and felt a little foolish saying that I felt something in the room. It wasn't malevolent, I said, just unsettling. (Minky told me later that I grabbed her hand and wouldn't let go all night long.)
At one point in the night it struck me that no-one would believe me, and that I needed evidence. So, with a shaking fingers, I took this intrepid picture with my phone:
|Regardez le menacing gape of the fireplace!|
Come on, even the Ghostbusters would be impressed.
When dawn came up (and what a cheery relief is the first light of dawn after a disturbed night) I took this picture of the sun coming through the curtains:
|Colefax and Fowler, naturally|
And a picture of the view from my window:
|What could be more normal than a willow tree and a stable clock?|
Back in Los Angeles, no-one would listen to my ghost story. My son told me with a smirk that he didn't believe in fairies or dragons either. My husband rolled his eyes at me.
But today, I feel vindicated. In my in-box is a letter from my friend in Dorset, which includes this paragraph:
"Oh yes....I checked out the bedroom you stayed in....and you were right, there was something there! It has moved on now and feels so much better. Poor you. I am sorry you had such a disturbed night; at least next time you come all will be peaceful ."