When we lived on Bowen Island we were very fortunate to have wonderful landlords that we came to regard as friends. The house we were living in was designed and built by them as their retirement home but until their retirement they lived and worked in the city and rented the house out. They chose to build on Bowen because they liked the community and even though they weren't living there yet, they liked to spend time there. We found this turned out to be a mutually beneficial relationship. Often in summers we would take a week or two and go on vacation. During that time we needed someone to look after our cats and our landlords would often do this for us thereby getting to spend some time in the community and their future home.
As we got to know each other over the years we discovered this couple had a love of practical jokes. They often played jokes and had jokes played on them by friends. While on summer vacation a decorated plastic Christmas tree was erected in their yard, on another occasion a gnome was left in a corner of the house. We too found ourselves on the receiving end of their silly sensibilities. Coming home from vacation one summer we found ourselves short sheeted.
When we finally moved out of this house we found ourselves having to get rid of a lot of items in preparation for the 'big move' across country. Among those items were a set of gnomish characters I had received as a gift. I rather liked these little 'flower people' but hard decisions had to be made and they were put aside to be disposed of.
|This little flowery gnome girl was part of a set of 6|