Yesterday I had to take a detour.  I was not in the mood to take a detour.  I had just locked myself out of the house.  Well my son locked us out but of course it’s not his fault.  He is 4.  I headed over to my parents house to see if I could borrow their key.  I was thinking our houses were keyed the same.  Turns out they are not after my mom and dad drove separately to my house one after the other and tried their keys.  Eventually I thought of a way to get in and I needed my dad’s help.  I won’t tell you how because I haven’t corrected this security weakness yet!

Back to the detour:  I saw it as an annoyance but really it didn’t take me too far out of the way and the street was a quaint narrow lane that passed by a house with the most gnomes I have ever seen!  They were everywhere: on the porch steps, lining the hedges, in flower beds.  In fact they were completely blocking the front door!  We stopped to admire them, my son and I.  They were mostly jolly old men gnomes but some lady gnomes too.  They were holding welcome signs, lamps, flowers, digging with shovels, pumping water, resting on mushrooms, singing, playing music, looking into crystal balls, and guarding bird houses and feeders.

It is strange, but my mind really went to an imaginary place for a moment.  Then I was quickly back to reality and thinking about the collector.  Is he or she married?  What does their spouse think of the collection?  I couldn’t imagine it being a joint interest but maybe it is, I don’t know.  I was thinking too that they were lucky to live on such a private path where the gnomes are protected from pranksters.

I know I am not the first person to take a detour and relate it back to life’s more metaphorical detours but that is where my mind went and it was a good reminder.  I think I am often willing to take detours of my choosing but these are more predictable.  The detours I don’t choose, I am less willing to take are often more impactful.  I don’t think it would be good to let someone else decide your whole life but it is mind opening to occasionally do something you don’t want to do.  If I hadn’t gone down that lane I would never have seen those gnomes and they have strangely added something good to my life.

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Gnomes Deluxe Collector’s Edition by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet

The delightful classic Gnomes has been repackaged in this exceptional collector’s edition to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this magical book. The beloved Gnomes was first published in 1976 and the world became enchanted with the simple and diligent ways of these special creatures. Based on Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen’s scientific observation of the local gnome population in Holland, Gnomes covers all areas of gnome culture: architecture, education, courtship, medicine, industry, and relationships with other mythical creatures. Thirty-five years later, this beautifully illustrated book continues to bring joy to readers of all ages. This revised collector’s edition of Gnomes features a new introduction, eight removable prints in a back cover envelope, and an all-new signature of never-before-published gnome sketches by artist Rien Poortvliet on distinctive sketchbook paper (Amazon description).

Gnomeo & Juliet

My kids love this movie!

From a director of Shrek 2 comes your chance to step into the secret world of garden gnomes – Gnomeo & Juliet. Perfect for the whole family, this fresh and funny makeover of one of the world’s most timeless story features music from Sir Elton John, and the voice talents of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and sir Michael Caine. Caught up in a feud between neighbors, Gnomeo and Juliet must overcome as many obstacles as their namesakes. But with flamboyant pink flamingoes and epic lawnmower races, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Complete with hilarious never-before-seen bonus features, Gnomeo & Juliet is an out-of-the-ordinary animated comedy your entire family will love. We just gnome it (Amazon description)!

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Update: This giveaway has expired…  If you haven’t already entered my Klutz Activity Book Giveaway how about taking a detour!


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  1. Yes, please post pics of the gnomes!

    I met a couple last fall who are both mad into Halloween. They turn 2/3 of their house into a haunted house at Halloween for friends and students of theirs. It takes them a whole month to set up. They take out all their furniture (where they put it?? who knows!) and live in just 1 or 2 rooms. So in that case, it’s good both spouses are into it. I can’t imagine if just one of them was. Then it would be a major sacrifice. Yikes!
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