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May 13, 2014

Finally, a Mystery is solved!
Remember when I wrote that Tuesday postings would be updates on the renovation of our Mid-Century Modern beauty, Miss Money Pitt?  Well, I obviously haven't kept my word as most Tuesdays have just been 'regular' posts.

Today one mystery (of the many that revolve around our faded belle) has been solved.  Look closely at this photo taken in our backyard rock garden:
Pay particular attention to the center of the picture.

What do you see?
You're right - it's the entrance to a gnome home!
 After running across an interesting article on gnomes I researched a little more and am now convinced that the mysterious happenings in our yard are related to these tiny, fascinating, woodland people.

 The Dainty Squid
Miss Money Pitt backs up to a 90 acre preserve.  Living on the fringe of the forest we see many enchanting and unexplainable occurrences.  Since moving in we've noticed that things on our patio get moved around without either of us touching them; we've also observed small trails carved through the woods and mushrooms that seem to glow from tiny lanterns.

In 1976, Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen published an absorbing book titled Gnomes.  Before their book was printed the only information (mostly inaccurate) on gnomes was gathered from folk lore and legends.

Poortvliet and Huygen, both from Holland, interviewed hundreds of gnomes over a 20 year period.  The result?  The definitive tome on gnomes with the most accurate and up-to-date information ever printed.

 As you can see from the book's illustrations, gnomes live a
simple yet traditional life under the protection of ancient trees.


Gnomes are extremely self-sufficient and are practitioners of the
organic arts, wasting little of the natural resources that surround them.


Myths abound about gnomes but most authorities agree that they live an average of 400+ years, credit their longevity to vegetarianism, have an incredible sense of direction, can smell 17 times better than humans, and are not tone deaf.
Miniature Gardening

A Little Fur in the Paint
Gnomes are mischievous, play tricks on each other, and think
that ceramic and plastic garden gnome decorations are hilarious. 

So if you suspect that you might be living with gnomes
please be courteous and kind to them.  After all, they've
probably been in your backyard for hundreds of years.

P.S. If you should have the opportunity to interact with a
gnome don't mention trolls.  Things could get ugly.


  1. My favourite post EVER it made my day.... thank you :-)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. If it's on the internet it must be true! LOL

  2. What a delightful post - and every word of it is true - of course! Did you know that GNOME is an acronym - it stands for
    Guarding Naturally Over Mother Earth.

    1. I never knew that but it makes complete sense!

  3. Mystery solved! I like the illustrations of their houses, most informative. I will check our garden for evidence of gnomes, it might explain where my gardening gloves go.

    1. You might be surprised after checking out your garden - gnomes are incredibly resourceful!

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    1. Thanks. I feel so much better now that one of Miss Money Pitt's mysteries is solved!

  5. Well I think you need to do some renovations on that entrance way to the gnome plant a lovely garden, flowers, old chairs, a sand box for the kids, swing. When they come out of their entrance they will be surprised and maybe not do mischievous things on your patio. I hope your gnomes are a friendly bunch....maybe bake them a pie or something, that might help too :) Have a great day!!!

    1. You're right - I do need to spruce up their entrance!