Cementing a place in history

So these lovely folks from Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University decided to create the world’s largest gnome statue. No offense, but it’s hardly inconspicuous. Unfortunately if they had checked with me first, I could have told them they needed a few extra feet to top its Polish cousin. At 3,500 pounds, the Iowa gnome is certainly the fattest (concrete) gnome around and I doubt anyone will be walking away with it anytime soon.

For those of you who love contests (and you know who you are) you can gname the gnome. Send in your entries by the 19th of April!

I’m just glad I don’t need a crane to lower my hat into place on a daily basis.

Naked Gnomes

A West Midlands grandmother has been told to cover up three of her garden gnomes – because they’re naked. The cheeky statues, one of a man and two of busty women, stood outside Sandra Smith’s door for 15 years. But now Smith, 64, has had to drape little T-shirts over the ornaments after a neighbour complained they were upsetting her children. More …

I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t allowed from time to time to stroll the garden au naturelle. It’s amazing to me that a neighbor with children would have a complaint about dear Sandra Smith’s gnomes. Now those children aren’t going to have too much fun in the sprinkler this Summer.

Gnome respect at all

It’s a sad state of affairs when lovely human folk like Colleen Cheak are terrorized by bandits. I assume one of the watch gnomes must have scared off the robbers before they could make away with more ornaments, but I do hope everyone makes it back safely.

What can we do to protect ourselves?

Goin’ on a gnome hunt

I’d love to drop by the Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden and take part in their wee gnome hunt. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Find all the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden in the drop-in activity “Going on a Gnome Hunt.” Most of the real animals will be hibernating for winter, but we have make-believe ones for a fun sort of “hunt.”

A cousin of mine, Canton, used to help out with the trimming in the maze garden. He always had a tremendous sense of direction.

Here we go!

I understand it’s common for humanfolk to swear their allegiance to certain sporting teams, particularly in the winter months when competition reaches a fever pitch. I had so much fun “tailgaiting” for the first time in Pittsburgh. I’m officially a member of the Steelers Nation now, and will be watching the wee game this weekend. Go Steelers!

Half-gnome


If the wee 10 Gnomes isn’t quite up to the speed of your gaming experience, I recently found out there is a gnome mode in Half-Life 2: Episode 2, where you can carry a wee gnome and deliver him to a rocket.

I’ve never played Half Life 2 myself, but any game with a gnome mode gets my vote. I’ll have to put it on my wish list this Christmas, along with a gnome-sized console.

The wee folks over at Concerned created these great gnome scenes.

One day you’re in …

… and the next day you’re out. At least that’s what Heidi Gnome used to say on Project Tunic. I’ve been around for over a hundred years, so I’m still not entirely sure what the wee Independent article means by claiming we’re back.

I had no idea that some gnomekind were desperate enough to turn to Tesco to find good homes!