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Mystery gnomes keep appearing in couple's garden

By T.K. Randall
August 16, 2022 · Comment icon 29 comments

Is it even possible to have too many garden gnomes ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Stux
Stephen and Christine Lock have been plagued for years by garden gnomes inexplicably showing up outside their house.
Garden gnomes - which typically resemble small bearded characters in pointy hats - are quite a common sight in gardens across the UK and Europe, but for one couple, these innocuous little characters have been turning up unannounced outside their home for the last 18 months.

Stephen and Christine, who happen to be the mayor and mayoress of South Molton Town Council in Devon, first became aware of the phenomenon when they arrived home one day to find that there was a gnome sitting in their garden with no indication of who had left it or where it had come from.

Over the next 18 months, several more would suddenly appear without explanation.
The couple never saw anyone leaving the gnomes and no notes were ever left to explain them.

"I just remember coming home one day and didn't take much notice," said Christine. "I just thought, 'Oh well, someone got rid of a gnome and didn't know where to put it'."

"So I left it in the garden, but shortly after another came along."

"I posted on Facebook to say thank you to the person delivering these little creatures to our home - implying that if they wanted them back they were more than welcome to come and collet them - but nobody ever has!"

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 2 years ago
Yes I totally agree with you, hope your well my friend.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Alchopwn 2 years ago
You need to make friends with their pimp and get a bulk discount. Giggity.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Alchopwn 2 years ago
I can see how this is playing out.  Someone nearby has inherited a back garden full of gnomes, and is quietly pranking their neighbors while getting rid of their surplus gnome population. If they installed CCTV they would have caught them by now.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 2 years ago
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
Someone has a quirky, but harmless sense of humor.
Comment icon #25 Posted by LadyPhoenix 2 years ago
My gnomes?  They are.  Not a lot of neighbors where we live, so no issue.  We ar in a state with Constitutional Carry, though, so anyone thinking of messing with someone's decor might think twice. 
Comment icon #26 Posted by openozy 2 years ago
I just meant gnomes in general, being vertically challenged and people mocking them, lol. I don't really like them after I hit one with my new $5000 ride on mower, they might be small but they're hard as nails, lol.
Comment icon #27 Posted by LadyPhoenix 2 years ago
Oh, ouch!  I don't know how many in the U.S. have them, though I do recall them being very popular in Germany.  Mine live on the porch, and if I had one the right size, I'd likely place it in a flowerbed.  Definitely not out where the mower could run over it!  As for people mocking them, I don't care.  My yard, my decor.  At last thy aren't pink flamingos, lol!
Comment icon #28 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Having gnomes is your garden is gnomist!!!
Comment icon #29 Posted by openozy 2 years ago
Just mow them down with the rest of the whingers, lol.

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