>Our forest gnomes got hit with a big wind storm last week. Local news report winds of 60 – 70 mph! Trees are down, branches falling and pine cones flying like canon balls. Not a good time for a gnome to be out and about in the forest! With their homes at the base of big trees, they likely felt some movement and heard the creaking of the trees. Luckily, no big trees were uprooted this time. The gnomes have great indoor wood and pottery workshops. No need to be outside. They’re likely making some furniture and helping me with our bird houses that I sell. Lots of clean up now but everyone is just fine. Talk of snow coming. Footprints in the snow. Another story. All is well.
>From what I’ve read, these two do not get along at all. Trolls are larger, dirty, naughty and enjoy playing ugly cruel tricks on gnomes. These two do not live in the same forest locations for long. The trolls are just bad looking and bad neighbors. They’re always looking to harm a gnome just for fun. If you think you have friendly gnomes around, don’t bring a little troll statue home as bad things can happen. Although trolls are a lot larger in size, the gnomes are a lot smarter. Gnomes are seldom caught, but if that does happen, our smart little fellows always escape to live another day. Maybe a little worse for wear, but always a winner. All is well.
With daylight savings now in effect, coupled with Fall rain and cooler temperatures, the mushrooms are popping up all over the forest. Big and small, tall and short. A real treat for the gnome dinner table. Somehow they know the good ones from the bad. In the morning, I’ll see a few picked and stacked up, but will be gone the next day. Maybe they dry the mushrooms to use in a stew or eat them whole. Or, perhaps they make a strong tea instead of beer! Oh, they enjoy the beer! Some roof repairs are needed using fallen pine cones as roof tiles. Beautiful fall colors now in the forest and the trails. Firewood gathering continues. You can almost smell the smoke from the gnomes’ chimneys. All is well
>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.
>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.
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.
I have read that single male gnomes start building their woodland log homes well before they get married. They must have a proper completed home approved by the council and the bride’s family before the marriage. It takes years of father-son work to complete the home, but they live to about 360 years. I sped up the process by turning old stumps into perfect new structures. I will post a picture of one of these here for you to see. Hopefully a gnome family will now take over and complete the interior with an entrance, stairs, trap doors, living quarters, escape routes, fireplace, stove, etc. More on that later. Gnomes are excellent craftsmen so in time it will become a home for one of them. No place like Gnome!
>As the wild geese begin their practice flights about our property, the gnomes have worked out a ride-along agreement. This is their preferred method of travel to visit clans and offspring that have settled in a nearby forest here on the Olympic Peninsula. We thought the geese were honking at each other, but maybe they’re communicating with the gnomes riding on their long necks! At 245 to about 300 grams, they’re an easy load for an adult Canadian goose. I’m sure the visits are short as there is much to do in preparation for the colder winter ahead. Hang on there!
Garden gates keep the deer out of our garden, except when I forget to latch it, but that doesn’t stop our forest gnomes. Ripe strawberries look just like their little pointed red hats. I’ve got some to spare and do share, but will they take the whole berry? No! Just a nice big, round hole where they may have used a tool to carve out a section. They take a little from a different berry every night. The berries are organic and very sweet. Some rhubarb is left, so why not mini strawberry rhubarb pies? Just a thought. Better watch my raspberries! Gnomes are known to ferment them to make a potent alcoholic drink. Good thing they don’t drive!
All is well.
>Even gnomes are faced with frequent home repair projects. It is known that leaky roofs are a constant challenge for them. Their use of pine cone scales, bigger is better and act like a shingle. They use pine pitch and moss which come together as a water seal. I had some big sugar pine cones with very large scales set out at the edge of the forest. As expected, they’d been moved this morning and some of the larger scales were gone. They are probably wondering how to get more of these type of pine cones. Makes quick work patching the roof. Likely one or two will be made into a gnome recliner chair. Got plenty of extra sugar pine cones to spare!