Summer has offered me a bounty of free time and I've been using some of it to catch up on the enormous DVR list. Lately it's been Masterpiece Mystery. Specifically Inspector Lewis. He's a cranky detective in Oxford and his partner is a former priest and they solve crimes usually involving murdered academics. I crochet doilies when I watch them. I'm 80!
So I've been watching a lot of them which may account for how I ended up searching for footprints this morning. I got to work and went about unlocking things and noticed that 1.) the game room door was closed but it was open last night when I left, 2.) the front gate has been pushed against the lock, and 3.) the metal curtain on the outdoor fireplace was rumpled. Suspicious!
A few theories: 1.) A homeless person jumped the gate and slept in the fireplace (it's large enough.) But, there were no footprints on the very dusty hearth. Likelihood: low. 2.) Hoodlums were trying to break in. Likelihood: high. Hoodlums abound in these parts. 3.) Ninjas. Likelihood: Nil. It would explain the lack of footprints but they're not so shoddy as to leave the gate, the curtain, and the door in such a state. 4.) Wizards. Maybe we're in some kind of Order of the Phoenix, 12 Grimmauld Place (I had to look that address up. I'm not that obsessed.) situation. Likelihood: See Ninjas. 5.) Someone did pull on the gate, possibly a distraught student over the place being closed (it's summer! Get a life!), the curtain was always like that and I'm just not that observant, and that giant cockroach I saw the other day was playing some air hockey with his buddies and shut the door when they were done.