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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Garden vs. Woodland Gnomes

There is a difference you know. Like a country boy vs. a city slicker. The woodland gnomes typically wear a blue jacket, brown belt and pants. The garden gnomes wear red with the same brown belt. Garden gnomes seem to be more somber and tell big stories. Sometimes the two visit each other’s homes. The garden gnomes think they’re smarter, but the woodland gnomes are very skilled in everything. These are booth good gnomes to have.  Of note, they both like a lot of beer, but do not drown like the snails, fortunately. Put out the beer!

Recommended reading: For those who want a perfect gnome reference source, a book called “Gnomes” by Wil Nuygen, published 1977 by Harry N. Abrams. Excellent! My reference.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gnome's Age

We already know gnomes live to about 350 years old or more. They get married around age 100 and start a family, although with fewer offspring than before. They keep track of their age by the father planting an acorn on the day of their birth. As the oak tree grows, gnomes mark it with different symbols and moss. A story is being told as the tree grows. Next time you see a broad leaf maple in the woods, look carefully at the bark, up about 20 to 30 feet. The tree is marked yearly as the gnomes grow. One must be very careful to never cut down an “age tree.” Things may not go well after that! Acorns are a big favorite of the gnomes and are best roasted!

All is well in the forest here. As the warm, dry weather comes to a end, it’s time to gather the nuts and berries. All are happy. No recent cat visitors.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Moving In, Newcomers

New gnome homes bring new gnome visitors and homeowners. It turns out the elder clan member is our Whimsical Woods, Ole An Sven, has shown our new forest homes to visiting clans and they’ve agreed to move in. A lively bunch with great humor and woodland talent! You can tell by the pictures. Word will spread and others will follow. If you provide an attractive gnome home in your garden or woods, good things will happen. No U-Hauls expected! They’re called G-Hauls. :-) Best put out a little more beer for the crew. The snails will have to share.

More to come. No pun intended.