Prins Joachim fortæller
Joachim is here telling us about the ghosts at Schackenborg. - All manors with an ounce of self-respect must
At Schackenborg there are several, the most prominent being the Evil Countess.
She was actually widow after the third Schack (so it must have been around mid 1700's). A young and despite having no formal education a successful business-woman or rather estate manager. In fact she ended up being one of the most prominent landholders in DK at the time.
But she was also a very strict lady!
According to the legend she tied a lazy maid to an oven and went to church.
When she returned only the skeleton of the maid remained. Standing with clattering teeth because the fire had gone out.
When the Countess untied the skeleton, it screamed and ran up the stairs until it collapsed. And when the bones bundled there is a scorch-mark to this day!
In fact the Evil Countess is pretty busy! Owning several estates she is also appearing at other manors in DK.
But there is a multitude of ghosts at Schackenborg. Also in the adjacent buildings.
In the caretakers house (where Alexandra's parents lived) a boy one day ran straight into a wall and when asked what on earth he was up to, he explained that he merely "followed the girl". It turns out that there previously was a door in the wall exactly where the boy hit the wall.
Joachim tells about a personal experience:
"I haven't seen any ghosts myself, but I do convince myself that I from time to time have heard something.
The closest thing I recall was a day some three-four years ago, where we stood in the great kitchen with a couple of friends with small children. Suddenly their little daughter said: Who's that old lady? - and pointed out to the yard in front of the manor, but nothing and no one were to be seen. So who knows? Perhaps it was The Evil Countess who returned home after one of her visits to Gram Slot or Giesegård (manors)".
Joachim intends to spend the whole autumn-holiday at Schackenborg, also with Nikolai and Felix. - Who still know some friends around Schackenborg from the time they lived there.