You could call it a journey like gnome other. A garden ornament who usually makes him home in the Highlands,stolen and mysteriously photographed touring the United States and Mexico has just been returned home to his utterly surprised, delighted owner.
Bev York can hardly believe the adventures her little gnome has seen.
“He went over to Port Angeles I guess from Victoria and then they headed down south the Baja Peninsula through Mexico and then Tecate, El sonido a bunch of different places. Through a desert. He came back through the Grand Canyon and he’s well travelled,” says the Victoria area woman. Reading a travelling diary of her garden gnome, that was stolen from her Highlands yard last winter.
The story of this tiny traveller begins, it reads in mid-December, when York assumed the little statue had just been stolen.
“The morning of December 15th I saw a motorhome toddle along Finlayson Arm Road,” reads York from the diary. “I thought to myself there’s got to be more to life than standing knee deep, being peed on by the neighbourhood dogs and staring at the same view everyday. So I hopped on. Turns out these people were heading south and I never been so happy to do a selfie in the rain, hahaha.”
York is right tickled with the tale that emerged when she came home Monday and found a plastic bag on her gate, holding the gnome and travel diary inside.
“Some of my girlfriends go isn’t it a little weird that it was stolen? And then everyone else just thinks it’s a really cute story and it is. It’s a really nice story at a time when story’s aren’t that good all the time,” says York.
She has no idea who took him, and is so curious. But is fine leaving at least a few of the details of this gnome’s adventure and accomplices still to the imagination.