Garden Gnomes Characteristics
The chins of garden gnomes are also prominent and protruding, and the mouth is wide and set in a perpetual grin. The skin is rough, and of a spongy texture. The eyes are black, beady, and elongated. There is the appearance of a close-fitting garment, but it is of the same texture as the skin. This garment begins with a roll at the neck and finishes at the wrists and knees in the same way: calf, ankle, and foot are all in one piece, the foot coming to a point and being eight or nine inches long. Garden-gnomes-need-homes.com gnomes are very loose-limbed and move with long prancing strides, though it is evident that they can also travel through the air with great speed, as I see some moving in this way, just skimming the ground. An interesting attempt has just been made by one of them to blot out my vision. From his head I think from the center of his forehead issued a widening stream of brilliant grey luminous mist, which impinged upon my aura, and formed a kind of filmy cloud before my face; he continued to pour this out, and, had I been using esthetic sight only, he would, I think, have achieved his object. The power of concentration shown is remarkable. This garden gnome is standing some fifteen yards away, and has succeeded in enveloping our little group with his mist-like projection, which probably has the effect of hiding us from him.
It is evident that this garden gnome objects to us, and that he does not like the close scrutiny and concentrated attention to which he is subjected and which he instinctively resents. The other members of the species are continually gassing to and fro among the grasses; they cannot be said to be playing, though, beyond the fact that they like the sunshine and seem impelled to constant motion, I cannot see any reason for their journeying. Here, too, the imitative faculty shows itself, and it is evident that we were observed as we crossed the fields, for I see more than one gnome carrying a basket, resembling, with a fair amount of accuracy, the one in which we brought our food. This gives them pleasure, which is expressed in an almost idiotic grin. Garden gnomes are ludicrous in the extreme as they pace about with their baskets, of which there are now quite a dozen. They are earth creatures, these garden gnomes, and the earth is their habitat; I do not think they are able to rise much above their own height into the air. Certainly the earth is not solid to them, as some of them are moving with their ankles and feet below the surface, without obstruction. Closer contact with their consciousness shows it to be ultra primitive and very limited.
The method by which garden gnomes progress is not easy to comprehend, for, apparently, Nature offers no resistance to them, and whatever desires they may have seem to be fulfilled. When I Endeavour to contact their subterranean existence, they appear to dissolve and in some way to lose their separate individuality, melting into a common essence as they sink below the ground. Globules form in this essence and move about below the earth quite freely and, following one, I see that on rising above the ground it becomes instantaneously a gnome of full size. I cannot see that this metamorphosis is due to any intelligent effort, and am inclined to assume it to be more or less automatic. The garden gnomes seem to know that it will happen, though whether this knowledge is a cause or an effect of the phenomenon I am not able to discover. The tribe is animated almost entirely by group consciousness and herd instinct." This name has been chosen for all the fairy people of male appearance who cannot be classified as either gnome, brownie, or elf, but who exhibit some of the characteristics of all these, together with certain specific features garden gnomes.
Faces of Garden Gnomes
As will be seen from the description given, some garden gnomes may have the face of a gnome, and the clothing of a brownie, perhaps with the long pointed foot of the elf. Garden gnomes are to be found in connection with trees, hedges, bracken, grass, heather and wild flowers. Those concerned with trees generally "live" in the trunk and branches, just inside the bark, through which they pass for purposes of recuperation and for work in connection with the growth and coloring of the branches and leaves. The bracken and grass garden gnomes are nearly always dressed in green; their faces look like those of young children of about three years old; chubby, and with a happy, smiling expression. A little green cap is nearly always worn, the eyes are bright and beady, and, occasionally, small pointed ears stick up above the cap. Twice I have come across garden gnomes who were by no means the pleasant creatures described above. In these the features were prominent, the nose being large and curved and the eyes slanting upwards and narrowed to mere slits, through which the consciousness looked out with an unpleasantly malicious and leering expression.