Hope this works the way it's supposed to. Ok, now the lads have joined me in Mississauga, after a mysterious diversion into heaven knows where. So we came from the this thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1006863/.
As I mentioned at the end of the last thread, we all went to Tim's for coffee with this afternoon with friends and had a fine time, though Bullwinkle behaved rather rudely. I will post pix soon as I find the gadget that allows me to download the flash card into the laptop. I will be at Canada's Wonderland on Thursday, so I hope they'll enjoy that, and I have a few other destinations in mind too, so I'll keep ya'll posted.
I started the coats. Got the fabric, etc., but they were awfully basic. Elaine (Procrastinator), I believe, finished them off and did the toques. Mrs Eastjack in NS made the kilts. You can add to their clothing if you wish, but it's certainly not necessary, particularly in the summer and especially now that they are outfitted. I just decided that since it snowed while I had them, maybe they needed coats or capes. I wouldn't encourage adding too much or we will need a bigger box - unless maybe they've already been packed into a bigger box. LOL
Still can't find that thing to download pictures with.. but I will. We had a nice trip to Canada's Wonderland today, and it stopped raining shortly after we arrived. I got pics of the lads in front of the gates and riding on my scooter, and in a couple of the park areas, but when I showed them the neat metal statue of the wild boar in front of the Wild Beast ride, they all panicked and tried to run ! It was quite a realistic wild boar ! The boys fell over each other, but Bullwinkle dove for the chain around the exhibit and managed to catch it and hang on. Fortunately, no one got hurt :). That moose is adventurous ! He also tried to climb a hedge in front of a garden exhibit, leaving his pals behind to watch as he climbed..I think their feelings may have been a little hurt. But all was forgiven in the end, and we even had sunshine by the end of the day and a quiet ride home. I promise pics are coming, even if I have to go buy a new gadget to download with...can't hurt to have a spare around anyway, right ?
I'm so glad they finally made it to you, I can't believe how long it took for them to get there I can't wait to see pictures. Canada's Wonderland sounds like so much fun. Sonora will be jealous, she's wanted to go there for a few years now.
I'm afraid I wasn't overly impressed with Canada's Wonderland, though I have to qualify that by admitting I am not fond of thrill rides.. didn't like them even when I was a kid; I'm terrified of roller coasters. I'm allergic to 99% of the food available, which doesn't help. On the plus side, it's a great looking place.. wide paved walkways, very handy for someone on a scooter like myself, loads of nice shady wooded areas, I think many of them were preserved from the original land before the park was built. I remember the land before the park, I used to drive by it daily going to work. The tree lots are fenced off mostly but give a lovely cool feeling and a fresh smell to the air around them. There are garden areas with some sculptural pieces, and the fountains along International Street are really great with the waterfall at the end. It seemed very spacious to me, but then, there weren't a lot of people around, because it was a weekday and raining 'til about 2 pm. Pretty good music, though it blared everywhere a shade too loud for my tastes.. Oh dear, I must be getting old :-) ! Thanks to the rain and a thunderstorm warning, the water park was closed, & I was too tired to check out the performance at Arthur's Bay in the Medieval area when it was announced. Of course there is the Kingswood theatre venue, but no one was playing. Another thing I found a bit overpowering was the intense aroma of junk food everywhere. There are just so many snack places and restaurants, pumping out what I'm sure are meant to be yummy cooking odors. [ Oh my, I'm not only getting old, I'm getting dull too ! sigh.] I got a kick out of the look of one with vintage cars and a sort of '50's theme. My main reason for being at CW was a mystery shopping assignment I had in the park, but if you're craving a cotton candy sugar fix, or a $15. funnel cake piled high with ice cream and strawberry sauce, OR you're a thrill ride devotee, you'll be a very happy camper at CW, and kids will love it. I'm sure that the lads, adventurous types that they are, were disappointed not to get to go on any rides, but let's face it, nary a one o' 'em could have passed the height restrictions :-) !
Sounds like you're showing them a good time Karen - look forward to pics whenever you can manage! I've been there, with the lost cable thing ... eventually had to buy a new one. I'm sure the cats were involved somehow. :-)
phfurballs had them last. As far as I know, they have not gone on to cybercrone - a distance that could easily be driven, but I've D-mailed both. I have a name and address for phfurballs but have been unsuccessful finding a phone number through Internet sources. I certainly hope that one or the other will respond soon as we'd sure like to get them out of Ontario before the snow flies.
I have always said that 'CONFUSION, is my permanent address' !!
Who's to say wherein lays the Mystery of the Gnomes ? Could be a health issue (one would hope not, but a consideration) .. vacation .. a Gnomenapping .. a myriad of possiblities kinda flutter around in my brain .. but .. I guess they are all moot because the boys, we think, are static at present ..
PS .. if anyone gets a ransome note from them .. I'll kick in a Loonie or 2 :o)
I'm thinking you are SO right !! The boyz tend to be 'home bodies' .. always waiting for one of us to help them make their next move.
I am imagining all sorts of things, but keep thinking we may have to either visit a 'Gnome Orphanage' and pick up a couple of other gnomes, or, issue an 'Amber Alert' ... either way it looks as though we may be forced into a vote on the issue soon .. it has been almost one month since any contact with their last host.
I dislike this "not-knowing".
Don't know what to think - I'm Really hoping there are no family emergencies, but a "gnome-knapping" would be ... hmmmmmmmmmm
This would be the 2nd time gnomes disappeared, so maybe it's an idea whose time has come...and gone.
I'm hoping that the last person who had them is just on holidays. I've been able to ascertain that she tried to contact the person after her, but that person did not see the Dmail ( or mine) for some time. Perhaps it would be a good idea if I had your phone numbers on file if you wish to Dmail them to me. Am presently in Vancouver, but am hoping that this gets sorted out soon.
how sweet of you, Shannon - I don't think it's necessary though.
Whenever they emerge, they can stay in one spot when it becomes cold and the blooms are gone, then start again in the spring IF we find them.
Not to sound negative, but it Has been one month, no pictures, and no word.
I'm trying to be realistic. A previous gnome went missing, and with no word, I rather suspect they've gone. It would have been great to see their little costumes, after all the work that went into it.
It was a merry lark, but it looks to have gone sour...at least for me.
Shannon - there are several of us in the Ottawa area. I've already had them once and don't feel the need to have them or at least not for very long. But it seems to me maybe we could all get together and have lunch with them or something so that everyone is represented. We'll see when they actually surface.
I guess I wish that the person who presently has them would have contacted me if she had to go away.
Sigh ... Speculation can be such a drag sometimes .. I SO want to err on the positive side .. that being the person who had the boys has gone away. That said though, I would have thought that they would let someone know about that. Having 3 'wardrobed Gnomes' in you care is not something that happens on a daily basis, especially with their history ^_^
I truly hope nothing bad has befallen the Mississagua hostess .. family or personal crisis etc. We can all pretty much relate to the turmoil that can put your life into.
I am ready for the Gnomes, whenever. The 'Round Up' in Ottawa sounds wonderful .. I hope it transpires if the boys appear.
Perhaps we sould give the last hostess another 2 weeks to allay our fears, or, reinforce our resolve to keep the trek alive ?
I am willing to purchase a Gnome to replace (that sounds horrid) one of the missing ones .. heck .. I'd even buy 2 ^_^
Guess it's a 'wait and see' proposition right now.
Ann, I've never had them but have tried twice and they've disappeared before getting here both times. :-) What I was really looking forward to was showing the boys a good time in my own particular corner of the city, figuratively speaking. Thanks for the offer though. Let's see if they ever turn up ...
In a way I hope not ... or at least that they leave the initiative up to phfurballs whether to respond. We all rely on orgs like this to protect our privacy and respect our choices. I can understand the temptation though - this is a disappointing turn of events. To me it seems like it's really between us all as a group though, and unless it's a health or imminent danger issue or actual theft or trade gone bad, I'd be inclined to leave DG admin out of it and perhaps start a new batch of gnomes and keep an eye out for phfurballs in other postings so we can at least know she's ok. Maybe she took ill or something (heaven forbid). I knew someone who came down with Guillain-Barré syndrome and was paralyzed for months. Heaven forbid, of course, again. But we just never know. Thoughts?
Have heard it said .. " Hope for the best, but, prepare for the worst' .. so many 'things' could have transpired to have caused phurballs to be 'AWOL' ..
I do agree with protecting her privacy though .. ie .. not going to DG admin.
Only if her privacy isn't compromised ie: this is a person who knows her ph# and has met with her before.
Some people are shy and the only reason they talk so easily on the 'puter is because they aren't meeting people face-to-face. Although this isn't ME, I can appreciate that it IS some people and I wouldn't presume to visit her myself. She doesn't know me...
I think it might be time to accept that they are gone on an incredible adventure that was out of our thoughts, plans and control. Maybe it's time to call up the siblings of the boys to continue their trip back west. ( thinking the idea of getting a new gnome as a sibling might do the trick) This plan would allow the original travelers to join the trip should they reappear.
I Dmailed Dave, expressing my concerns about phfurballs and indicating when her last post was on this thread. The response from admin
I'm afraid that is about when everything stopped. I haven't had a log in since mid-July and it appears her last post was July 24. She renewed her subscription the 29th of June and it is good until 2010.
Unfortunately, we do not have real-life contact information here. We do sincerely hope that she is ok, but I just do not have any way of finding out.
Let me know if there is anything that I can do.
I have no idea what happened to her, but I suspect she has become ill or something that has prevented her from using the computer.
If she was seriously ill (god forbid, of course), I suspect she and her caregivers would have bigger fish to fry than finding a couple of little gnomes (assuming the caregivers were even aware of them), packaging them up and taking them to the post office. Having been unexpectedly and seriously laid up in the past, and having family members fly here to take care of me for several weeks, I can attest to that kind of situation. Concerned as we are about getting the boys back, I personally am fine with it as it just doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things - JMHO. I just hope she is ok!!
Shannon - of course I figure if she's seriously ill, they couldn't care a fig about "toys". That's what I meant when I said I didn't want to "borrow trouble" for her. That being said, I'd rather we got on with the "fun" of the new boys "coming to a town near you", soon lol
Personally - what's past is past.
I wish only the best for phurballs, no matter what the circumstance ^_^
After all, we shared fun with her, and she welcomed us into her "puter" life.
It's like that email that goes around...something like "friends are in our life for a reason, season, or lifetime" I value all my friends online and otherwise, for how ever long they are there.