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I got ready early and set out to the Carerfilly Castle with Spike. While on our way to pick up Zecora, the morning sun broke through the Everfree gloom and briefly shone on a large stone outcrop up ahead. A cockatrice jumped up on the rock and started sunning itself. We made a detour.

Zecora was all set to go, some picnic treats packed in one saddlebag and her all purpose herb kit packed in the other. We set out for the library! Adventure awaits! (Spike rolled his eyes when he thought I wasn't looking.)

We were soon over the moat and at the entrance to the ruins. The time had passed for lilacs and innocence, it was too early for forget-me-nots, but there were a few irises and dandelions in bloom by the tumbled stones. We walked in and strolled down the stately halls, down to the library and magic.

I lost track of time.

While I was nose-deep in books, Rarity, Fluttershy, Tree Hugger and Applejack arrived, around about late morning. Tree Hugger is Fluttershy's naturalist friend and she was passing through Ponyville today so Fluttershy invited her to come along to our picnic in the Carerfilly Castle ruins. We had met before as Fluttershy had also invited her to the latest Grand Galloping Gala. Along the way they had met the river serpent again, sunning and preening in the shallows. Tree Hugger says he's one with his center, all his chakras are in order and his aura just glows. I think that means she is impressed.

Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash arrived a bit later. Dash helped Applejack spread out the picnic while Rarity, Tree Hugger and Fluttershy toured the castle and discussed esthetics. Pinkie Pie made a bee-line for the "organ to the outside" and started pounding out preludes and fugues by Eweslamb Sebaastian Black on the keyboard. This I know because she hit a key sequence that nearly launched me out a window while I was reading a book on living tree trunk habitat and design. It took me five minutes to find my place again. Zecora and Spike snickering in the stacks did not help me regain my concentration.

Over lunch Tree Hugger spoke at length of the harmonics in the ruined structure and discussed harmonious reparations with Rarity. It looks simple to me. You put the stones back from where fell, and if you're not sure, you copy the pattern across the hall. Esthetics escapes me.

After lunch I zipped back to the stacks. So many books to read! I think Zecora found good reading too. Evening came much too soon. Spike had headed back to Ponyville with the others and it was just me and Zecora turning pages in the deepening shadows. It was time to go home.

How I missed this library and all these old books! I want to take them all home.
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After meeting up with Rarity, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie at the spa, Rarity invited us over for tea. Fluttershy had a pet-grooming appointment and Pinkie had Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake to go sit, so it was just me and Rarity in her Boutique.

Rarity prepared a pot of jasmine tea, put on Beethooven's Pasture Symphony and we chatted about the tapestries and library in the Carerfilly castle ruins. We really should fix the damage. The rift between the royal sisters is no more and the gaping wounds in that old structure should be repaired as well.

I couldn't stay long and I left Rarity's boutique shortly after drinking my tea. Tomorrow I have to go on royal business to Canterlot and I will be gone all day. I'm all freshly groomed thanks to the spa ponies, but I have some chapters I need to read and a checklist to make before bed. A chariot will arrive to pick me up right at dawn.
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The air has warmed up from the cold snap, not enough to melt the snow, but enough for a nice walk with friends. Since Rarity has finished repairing and washing the tapestries she'd borrowed and I have two books to return, we decided to all go for a picnic at the Carerfilly Castle. "We" is me, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Spike. We decided against using Applejack's cart and instead lugged the tapestries and supplies on our backs. It's best to be light on your feet in the Everfree forest and to be set to flee in any direction at a moment's notice. Applejack brought a fresh batch of apple chips and pies to go with the lunch Spike packed for us. We planned to have the picnic in the throne room where most of the tapestries fixed by Rarity hang.

The walk through the Everfree was beautiful. It snows there too and this time the snow was particularly sticky, adhering to every twig and bough. The usually grey and dreary forest turned soft, white and fluffy, almost cheery with a carpet of pure white at our hooves and the smell of fresh snow in the air. The air was still and quiet, disturbed only by the crunching of wet snow under our hooves and the occasional creak and groan of the boughs shifting under their heavy white burdens. Pinkie had brought her camera. Rarity had asked her to take a few pictures of the tapestries once they're back in their proper places. While we were walking through a more open stretch of the path, Dash borrowed Pinkie's camera and flew a few paces ahead to snap a candid picture of our procession through the white woods.

On the way we met the river serpent, preening in the mist rising off the water. He was very happy to see us again, showing off his gleaming scales and his moustache. It has mostly grown back, I was surprised to see that some strands of Rarity's tail remain mixed in the serpents whiskers. She really is skilled in these things.

At the castle ruins, Spike and I went to the library to return the books, Rarity had Dash and Fluttershy's help to lift and hook the tapestries, and Applejack and Pinkie prepared lunch. The books shelved and the tapestries hung, the highlight of our day was the picnic. Sprawled out on a big bright blanket in the snowy hall, open to the sky, we were surrounded by good food and gorgeous tapestries so bright and colorful they practically glowed. Our laughter filled the grand hall with cheer and echoed down the corridors. I could almost see the Princesses, young and proud, gazing down at us from their twin thrones. One day the castle will be rebuilt and ponies will return to the Everfree.
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Rarity, Spike, Pinkie and I went on a day trip to the Carerfilly Castle ruins, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna's old home deep in what is now the Everfree Forest. I wanted to borrow a few books on transdimensional compatibility theory, Rarity is fascinated by the tapestries, and Pinkie... well Pinkie wanted to gallop through the halls and try all the traps and slides, over and over again. I think she's going to build an amusement complex in Ponyville, as part of the fairgrounds. I'd better ask Applejack to help with the engineering... if she's planning another rock slide, it would be better that this time it's the ponies that slide on the rocks, and not the other way around.

By evening I'd found two promising books, Pinkie had donned a mustache and a cape (she's plotting for sure) and Rarity had Spike lugging four rolled up tapestries that she plans on mending. Pinkie dashed back to Ponyville ahead of us as we strolled through the gloom of the Everfree Forest, Rarity practically dancing with excitement at how she was going to spruce up our Friendship Castle in Ponyville, Spike hanging on to her every word.

It feels wonderful to be back on my cushion by the fire. A perfect day -- an excursion with some of my best friends to a place we all love, great plans for the future, and two new books to study. Life is good.

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