One time many years ago, when I first arrived to live there, I got lost in Munich Germany. After work I was tired and not paying attention so I wound up on the wrong bus. At that time I could barely speak a word in German and no one seemed able to help me, so I got off the bus and walked where I thought we had come from. After walking for a while, I came along to this little cottage style house with a white picket fence all around it. The entire large garden was landscaped to look like a magical land for gnomes. There were gnomes doing all sorts of things. They were crossing little bridges, sitting having tea, digging holes, having picnics, having concerts, fishing, drinking beer, picking flowers – you name it. The gnomes were doing all the things that gnomes might be doing in a magical little land just beyond the fences of our imagination.
Before that point I had never given any thought to gnomes, but on that day I started to think that there was something magical about them.
I looked for the place many times afterward but was never able to find it and I also can’t find it on the internet. Today in this age of internet posts one would think that these “Munchner Gartenzwerge” would have at least one shot of them but so far, the ones I find are not of this magical place.
With this in mind you may understand why, when I saw a complete set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for sale for $85 on Kijiji that I made the purchase. Not only are dwarves similar to gnomes, but they live in the forest and while I am not the fairest in the land Snow White and I share many commonalities.
I had to laugh to myself when bringing them out to THO. I mean five seat belts in the car and there were me, Hj, five dogs plus Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Try explaining that to the police; thankfully we were not pulled over.
The photo is busy but here they are now at home. I still have a lot of collecting to do to finish this perennial fantasy garden, but it is coming along.