Meet my new cabin mate, Gustaf, the wee little garden gnome. Fellow stew, Sam, and I discovered him on a perch in a Barnes & Noble book shop last week. You all may think that I’m a little batty so let me go back and fill you in on my history with these wee folk.
You may be familiar with the concept of kidnapping a gnome referred to as ‘gnome-napping’:
The recent urban legend of ‘gnome-napping’ involves a garden gnome who mysteriously disappears from an unsuspecting person’s yard (sometimes leaving a note). The gnome proceeds to keep in touch as he travels the world, sending back photos of his journey, usually in front of some well-known landmark.
On the last yacht I worked on, MY Solaia, the French chef Cedric ‘gnome-napped’ his friend’s garden gnome from a wee French garden. He defended his ‘gnome-napping’ with the explanation that he was photographing Frederick the gnome alongside well-known landmarks which would compile a calendar for his unsuspecting gnome-missing friend.
Once we had all become accustomed to this French garden gnome, we decided to name him Frederick and included him in our travel fun. Last year while in Nova Scotia, our crew rented a car and set off to explore Peggy’s Cove and Nova Scotia with Frederick the gnome. We had a great day (see the blog post here) and captured some great photographs and memories.
A few months laster, I found a smaller garden gnome friend for Cedric’s birthday which now lives in his galley. Sometimes the two wee garden gnomes feature on the breakfast table setting which guests love 🙂 The gnomes are currently crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and I hope to see some photographs of their adventure.
Shame, gnomes are taken advantage of and have developed some foes which are listed in Gustaf’s accompanying little handbook. These include drunken college students, mischievous pranksters, kleptomaniacs, wealthy neighbourhoods and snooty garden shows. Gustaf, my new wee little garden gnome looks a little anxious and seasick but I hope his unusual complexion will brighten once he has settled, found his sea legs and realized that my new crew are friends and not foes. I plan to include him along my sight-seeing on this season’s itinerary so watch this space for some travel gnome silliness 😉