When we lived in the castle
My grandmother used to begin stories about the old days in Highland Park, Illinois, in the Depression while my mom and her siblings were growing up, with the preface, "When we lived in the castle." Ian Gilman and Christina Willott moved to Germany and lived -- in a castle.
"It seems a bit of a dream now, looking back. In real life, people don't live in castle."
See also, "I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills." Thanks, Diane!