Wednesday, November 11, 2009

garden #42 ...

... mind the cats! (and the guarding garden gnome) ...
... The first garden gnomes were made in Gräfenroda,a town
known for its ceramics in Thuringia, Germany,
in the mid-1800s...
... Currently, there are an estimated
25 million garden gnomes
in Germany ...

... Garden gnomes were first introduced to the United Kingdom
in 1847 by
Sir Charles Isham, when he brought 21 terracotta figures
back from a trip to Germany and placed them as ornaments
in the gardens of his home, Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire.
Only one of the original batch of gnomes survives:
, the Lamport Lamp as he is known, is on display
at Lamport Hall, and is insured for one million
pounds ...

... Garden gnomes have become a popular accessory in
many gardens.
They are often the target of
pranks, known collectively as gnoming:
people have been known
to return garden gnomes "to the wild",
most notably France's
"Front de Liberation des Nains de Jardins"
and Italy's
"MALAG"(Garden Gnome Liberation Front).
Some kidnapped garden gnomes have been sent on trips
around the world (the travelling gnome prank; this later
became the basis for Travelocity's "
Roaming Gnome") ...

... In 2008, a 53-year-old French man in Brittany was arrested
on suspicion of stealing upwards of 170 garden gnomes.
The practice of stealing garden gnomes is also sometimes
referred to as "Gnome Hunting ...