Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Mushroom House
Behind the stable block is a small brick outhouse. It runs partially underground for thirty yards or so with two raised mounds of earth running parallel along its length. It is dark and dry and overgrown by roses in the formal garden at one end and currant bushes in the kitchen garden at the other.
Lucy discovered it when she was six and allowed to roam the grounds without supervision. Whatever its original purpose – and she had found a stone declaring it built in 1876 – it had become Lucy’s special secret place. Here she kept her money box and her conkers and the tin she’d found in the cellar with the skull inside.
The skull liked it there. It told her secrets.