There were two sisters…Zinnia and Dahlia…who resided in Somewhere, Ohio.
The ‘Flower’ sisters were quite young, both under ten years of age, if my memory serves me correctly. One day, while playing in their garden, they noticed the entrance to a very small residence under their deck. To their utter surprise, they found out that a family of gnomes lived there.
As time passed, the ‘Flower’ sisters and the gnomes started corresponding with each other by means of notes left in the mailbox just outside the gnome’s door. Gifts and other treasures also passed between them, and the friendship grew as did the story.
Coincidently, the gnomes happen to live right next door to Tom, who carves the santas that I paint.
Now the plot begins to thicken.
Do you see anything out of the ordinary in this photo?
Just a few moments ago I returned from the post office to find an envelope with a North Carolina return address. When I opened it, I found this strange little gnome-like figure inside…and nothing else. I have a very sneaky suspicion that the gnomes are migrating northward.
I placed him in amongst my carved spool santas because I didn’t want him to be lonely. The santas took to him right away and as a matter of fact, they’re enjoying a cup of tea as I type this. I don’t know whether any of his family will be joining him in the future but I’d like them to know that he’s in good hands and that they’re always welcome.
If you’d like to know more about the ‘Flower’ sisters and their continuing saga with the gnomes, you can read all about it here.
P.S. Beware of white padded envelopes with a NC return address because you never know what might be lurking inside!