For four days we stayed inside the main house on the Petersburg site. Upon arrival, we all dumped our luggage and valuables at the front door and headed to an assembly, where we were read the basic rules of the place. “Boys are to use the back stairs; Girls can use the main stairs. Anyone on kitchen duty is expected to be down, in the kitchen, by the required time. And please, show the ghosts the utmost of respect”
Death and haunting seemed to be a common theme on the Petersburg grounds. I myself recall a story about an axe wielding murderer, two dead landlord sons, a drowned baby, and a children’s graveyard. These stories became so frequent, that a lot of us began to get suspicious. Eerily suspicious…
But apart from all that, the house was a generally pleasant place to stay in for the four days. Food was prepared for us while we were out on activities, which was nice, and we had breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea inside the mess hall. Everyone was split into four groups, each taking turns to serve as mini waiters and waitresses throughout the day. They also cleaned up after everyone had scraped their plates off, which proved teenagers inefficiency at washing dishes
Dorms were self explanatorily split between boys and girls, which led to a few episodes, including all the lads sleeping in the same room for a night, together, dreaming peacefully. We were up early enough in the morning each day, the teachers waking us up at around 8 o’clock by knocking on our doors loudly.
In our free time, we had the lay of the land to wander….And primarily stayed inside, playing cards and drinking tea. Every night, we wrote up reflections of the day’s events, our general takes and opinions. Self improvement and the facilities improvement seemed to be primary themes in the lines of questioning.