I was cleaning out the barn raking the dirt of debris, or rather the section of the barn that was originally the Carriage House, when I noticed where there had been just dirt before now there was a corner of a brick poking up through the dirt near the double doors. As I pried it up carefully, from its long time position in the dirt, this whole red brick was still covering the remnants of straw from days long ago. It was amazing! This part of the barn was really used to house horses and carriages. I think it was built before 1886 which would be before automobiles so that fits. Two weeks later we found a very old iron horseshoe. That horseshoe now hangs above the carriage house doors. We wanted to make sure it was hung right so I did some research. The way the horseshoe is hung and displayed varies. Some believe hanging the horseshoe in a upward position which holds in all the good luck and the powers it brings. For them to hang the horseshoe upside down meant its powers would fall away. There are others who believe that hanging it in a downward position allows all the good luck, protective powers and good fortune to shower upon you. Some people do both just to be sure! Another aspect of the horseshoe that adds to its good luck was the fact that it was commonly held in place by seven iron nails. Since ancient times, the number seven was considered very important. Life was divided into seven ages; a rainbow has seven colors; astrology once held that seven planets made up the universe; there are seven deadly sins; there are seven days in a week; and the moon changes from one phase to another every seven days. So here’s to some good luck!