Years ago, Colin and I brought this concrete Gnome? for a present for my Mum, Jean.  She loved him and decided to call him Noel, after our ex brother-in-law’s name.  Mum thought the name suited him.

Noel is very heavy, we have been the owner of him for a few years now since Mum died.  I love moss and lichen and character, BUT Noel needed a makeover as you couldn’t even tell what he was anymore.  I have spent the afternoon scraping it all off, with a blade and hard brush.  I have to share his ‘new look’ with you, as he now laying there in all his glory for everyone to see. 

He would be nice painted, but would cost a fortune for all the colours,  I think I will leave him ‘as is’.  I bet Mum is happy now after his spruce up.  🙂  I will find a good spot for him near our house rather than hidden in the garden over at our barn.  

Colin pointed out a different opinion to me, he says Noel is a Leprechaun with his pipe… so we have just googled the difference between a Gnome, Leprechaun and a Troll.  

It is quite interesting, this is what Mr Google tells us:

Gnomes: A gnome is a legendary creature characterized by its very small size and subterranean lifestyle.

The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek gnosis, “knowledge”, but more likely comes from genomos “earth-dweller”.

Often featured in Germanic fairy tales, including those by the Brothers Grimm, the gnome often resembles a gnarled old man living deep underground who guards buried treasure.

Leprechauns: In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of “faerie folk” associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

Trolls: Are a fearsome member of a mythical anthropomorph race from Scandinavia. Their role ranges from fiendish giants – similar to the ogres of England – to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds.

SO, therefore…. we think Noel is a Leprechaun ????







It has been a pleasant day here in Dunedin today, after a freezing cold morning.   It rained heavily all last night.

 We have heaps of birds where we live 🙂  A lot of natives.  

Colin loves the Tui’s, he is always spotting them or hearing them singing in our garden.  This year we seem to have more than usual around.   They love all of our Flax bushes and also our Cabbage Trees that are all in flower.

They are beautiful birds, we also have Mawporks and Wood Pigeons, lots of fantails, parrots, ducks and magpies about the place.  Sometimes there are Hawks, I hate them.  Our neighbour has Peacocks, now and then a few of them wander over on to our five acres.


On Monday I start my new job, I am feeling a little apprehensive and nervous.  I am sure it will all work out ok. 



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