This question of horseshoes has got me thinking about good luck charms and protective charms. There are hundreds and thousands of things that people do to bring luck to their homes or to keep their homes safe. What might appear fairly straightforward customs are undoubtedly as complex and varied as the people who practice them. It would take several lifetimes even to begin to explore the lore surrounding these charms, and it would make for fascinating study. With luck perhaps I’ll learn a little more before leaving Keels. I know that my first order of business when I return home will be to acquire a horseshoe (or perhaps even two) to hang over my door.
Horseshoes in Keels
(Photos: Claire McDougall)