G is for Garden Gnome

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This month, I am participating in a rather LARGE blogging challenge which involves writing a series of 26 posts – one for each letter of the alphabet – based around a theme. My theme is about nature and all its amazing features. The Tao Te Ching speaks often of nature and then patterns of nature are where the I Ching gets its roots.

So, today is all about Garden Gnomes.

OK, so perhaps you don’t believe that gnomes are real. Today, I will argue that they must be real. I say this because gnomes of similar stature and dress are found in many different parts of the world. In Scandinavian countries, they are known as tomte, nisse, tonttu or tomtenisse. In Germany, they are known as gnom.

So how do these little creatures get around? And what is their primary purpose? Well, our ceramic friends are placed in our gardens to protect it, but the fairness of this practice has been contested over the years. Are gnomes meant to be just purchased and used, with no compensation whatsoever for the deeds that they do? A group in Europe thinks not. This movement is called the Garden Gnome Liberation Front and they even have their own Facebook page with 607 likes and a Facebook Group with 3,068 members. One man even went to prison for the rights of these little creatures. Others have decided to create a Gnome Sanctuary. This movement even caught the attention of CNN.

Then of course, there is gnomeknapping…

So next time you see a garden gnome, or perhaps if you have one of these fair creatures protecting your garden, give ’em some love, will ya? They need all the support they can get. To close, I will give you a photo essay of some gnomes that my friends on Facebook sent to me…

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My friend Cheri Typpo sent me this one from her garden. What? He’s reading a book? Or is he getting online?

 

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My friend Dulcey Garber sent me this one. He looks like he’s taking some shelter from the snow in Sault Ste. Marie, MI! Ha! Or, perhaps he’s hiding from the gnome snatchers!

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My friend Sandy Palencar sent me this photo. He’s a cutie… probably charming the plants into popping up some pretty flowers. Sandy treats him right…

 

This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here.  

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The list so far…

A is for Aspen
B is for BreathB is for Butterfly
C is for Consciousness
D is for Deep Space
E is for Earth
F is for Fire

12 Comments

  1. cute! thanks for featuring my little gnomey here, they are pretty dary CUTE! 🙂 lovely blog, Amy! 🙂

  2. as I am clearing out an area outside my studio for my outside private sanctuary – I had thought about getting a little gnome. Now that I’ve seen these pictures, I really want one. I often relate them to a scene in the movie The Full Monty for some reason.
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    • Oh funny. That was a funny movie but I was oh so disappointed in the end that they cheated us of our show. I also had the soundtrack for it on a cassette tape and listened to it for years.
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  3. Magical forest creatures……they are everywhere and I really don’t think they mind tending our gardens and making us smile!
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  4. LOL. I wonder if gnomes are originally from Nome and have simply traveled to all other locations. Possibly not-so unwilling victims of the reported gnome napping. May our gardens always be places of refuge and respite for these nature folk.
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  5. These are so darling! Quite interesting stories surrounding the world of Gnome life. Sounds like could be good material for a book or movie. 🙂
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  6. I personally am most familiar with gnomes from the Dungeons and Dragons style games, where they are likely as not to use hammers to smash your kneecaps.
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  7. L♥VE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gnomes are the best!
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