Mount St. Bernard consists of four buildings. The oldest is Gilmora, my residence. Gil is well over a hundred years old, built of sandstone and complete with a turret. Nifty. Attached to it are Marguerite and Camden, and to Marg and Camden, Imaculata is connected. Gil, Marg, Camden, Imaculata. Four buildings. They're arranged in a horseshoe shape around a great big, flagstone-paved, circular central courtyard, in the centre of which is, rather predictably, a statue of Mary. Big creepy white statue. Brr. Don't want to be walking past that thing at night, especially when it's stormy and you don't see it until you're right up close. Brr.
There's a connecting tunnel underneath all four buildings. You can't get between Imaculata and Marg/Camden above-ground, because one was built before the other, (or something), and you can only get between Marg and Gilmora on the first floor, or by a different underground tunnel, going through the boiler room, that we're not supposed to use/know about.
But there's a tunnel that connects all four. There's a whole network of tunnels, and another level underneath those, from the last world war, when this was a shelter. But they're all sealed off now, or at least they think they are. Can't remember why, though I'm sure there's a reason.
I know some people travel between Marg and Imaculata during bad weather instead of going outside to get there, because Imaculata has classrooms and offices on the top floor. We decided today to find our way back to Gil via this quasi-mythical tunnel. But the whole complex is full of twisty corridors and spiralling staircases and corridors that go nowhere. Creepy. We wandered the whole of Imaculata below-ground and encountered no one. And at some point we stumbled into a great cavernous theatre - hardwood stage, terraced seating, inlaid wall-panels - and we didn't even know there *was* a theatre in the Mount.
We sort of got lost in the tunnels, too. It was kind of eerie. And we kept hearing whispery noises that made Carolyn jump. (Okay, I jumped too. Hee.)
We never did find our way back to Gil, even into Marg. But that theatre has some real potential. We're planning on doing something incredibly childish tonight, and sneaking back into Imaculata to have a Midnight Picnic.
Hee. I'm feeling adventerous.