A Kinrowan Estate story: The Raggedy Man

PDear Katrina,

You missed the Raggedy Man this week. Only Hangadróttinn and Liath Evergreen remember his last visit which means that visit was a very long time ago. Centuries, perhaps, even.

And an odd creature he is. Clothed in Autumn colours of brown, red, and orange, he was tall and broadly built, more like an oak tree than anything else. Brown eyes, brown hair, and skin like old leaves, he walked into the Library asking for a Librarian who had passed over the Border one does not cross back over from a very long time ago. A Several Annie hurried off to get Mackenzie who as current Librarian might be able to assist him.

Mackenzie obviously knew who he was as he gave a rare gesture not seen of him before — a deep bow to him! They then moved off where we couldn’t hear them and conversed very quietly for quite some time. They then bowed deeply to each other and the Raggedy Man moved off across the fields into the woods. 

Mackenzie rebuffed all attempts to find out what they had talked about, saying only that he would talk to the House Steward about what the Raggedy Man wanted. And the House Steward later on would only say the request was ‘unique but appropriate for the Estate’.

Just another day here . . .

Love, Gus

P

About Gus the Estate Head Gardener

I’m the person responsible for both the grounds and the livestock which are raised here. I live with Bree (my wife) in one of the cottages that has been here for centuries.

I actually enjoy Winters here as my work load is considerably reduced as I let the younger staff members handle the needed work which leaves me time for reading, ice skating and skiing, not to mention just being with my wife. Bliss!

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