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The word gnome, from the Latin genomos, earth-dweller, was first used in the 1500s by Paracelsus, a Swiss alchemist, astrologer, botanist, and occultist who came to be known as the "Father of Toxicology." Paracelsus’ gnomes were one of four "elementals," nature spirits having a special affinity with one of the four elements -- earth, air, fire, or water -- believed to make up everything in the universe. Gnomes were the elemental spirits associated with earth. Paracelsus (below), believed that gnomes were “two spans” tall (about 20 inches), lived underground, and could move through the solid earth as easily as humans move through air.   Over time, the concept of the gnome has become synonymous with a range of solitary domestic fairies whose ranks include the dwarf, brownie, hob, goblin, nisse, and tomte -- little people whose presence brings luck to the farmsteads they inhabit, including its gardens. (wyrtig.com)

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If you are into gnomes you will enjoy this site which offeres lots of pictures and information:

I do know it is a few days before Halloweeeeen but tomorrow I will give you some ideas for you to try out in your garden!!

From the PostieLots of praise for the sketches by Way Sam showcased a few blogs back.

Way Sam,        Absolutely fabulous work.  A pleasure to keep looking at over and over again.  What Talent!!!!       M.K. Of Wheelers Hill

*If only I could paint like Way Sam. I will keep trying! M