Saturday 14th March 2015 – The Ghost Weekend at Engsholms slott.
Well, the Ghost Weekend at Engsholm Castle was a great success. Just arriving here feels like the start of a novel. We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon tea together in the music room. So elegant and filled with anticipation.
Then as the guests went out for strolls and maybe a quick sauna, I prepared in the library.
After the guests had gathered for their guided tour of the castle (where Kerstin the owner made sure to mention the spooky goings on that happen there), I joined the group and explained what they had let themselves in for. I then led them upstairs and down the haunted corridor to the library.
The show was a pleasure to perform. There were laughs, tears, gasps and stunned silence as the spirits came out to play. After the show, Kerstin captured this photo of me messing around.
It was then time to enjoy our delicious meal in the sumptuous dining room. The air was thick with the heady smells of rich food and red wine as we took our seats. The candle flames danced and played shadows across the eyes of each portrait, eyes that watched every mouthful.
And then came this dessert – Apple ice cream with fudge crumble, cardamon pudding and caramel sauce. A suitably naughty end to a fantastic meal.
After the meal, the guests took their coffees and disappeared around the castle, looking for spirits but finding mostly new friends. It was great to see strangers united by their experiences during the show – huddled together and discussing how it could have possibly worked. How could I, a complete stranger, know of old paintings hanging in their homes, decorated war heroes, baby names they chose but rejected and how above all, how could Martin Luther King come to us in the library!