22 April 2014
“Now that we have a new patio at home,” remarked Reggie at breakfast this morning, “we want to give our garden a bit of a make-over. And I want to offer a new home to a couple of gnomes.”
“I know just the place,” said Tanya. “We can go to Wilde Eend – or Wild Duck – nursery, which is nearby.”
When we reached the nursery, Tanya led us straight to a cluster of gnomes. They all looked very friendly.
“We’re looking for two gnomes, to come home with us to Cape Town,” Reggie explained to them. “Would any of you like to live with us?”
The gnomes beamed at her, and chorused, “We’d all like to come live with you!”
Reggie laughed, and glanced at Richard. “How about it? Can we take all of them?”
Richard looked horrified. “No way!” he exclaimed. “We can only take two. TWO!”
“Alright, then,” said Reggie. “We’ll take this one with the lamp, and the one with the red jacket.”
“I’m Sebastian,” stated the one with the lamp. “And I’m Larry,” declared the one with the red jacket.
“Right, okay then, would you guys mind if we take a group photo with Flat Kathy and Edward T Bear?”
“Not at all,” chorused the gnomes. “We’d love a group photo, to help Sebastian and Larry remember us. Perhaps you’ll come back some day and fetch the rest of us?”
“I would love to do just that,” said Reggie, sorrowfully. “But I don’t know when we’re coming back. You’re all such handsome gnomes, though, that I’m sure you’ll find good homes very soon.”
Sebastian and Larry hugged all the other gnomes in turn, and said their goodbyes. And as we drove back to Aunty Lissi’s place, I chatted with Sebastian and Larry, and told them all about my good friend, Gilbert the Gnome, and how welcoming and kind he was.