Thursday, 26 July 2012
We've just had 2 weeks of winter school holidays. I've been spending as much time as possible with Mr W. On the first Monday day we went to Gnomesville (which is a few hours south of Perth). I had heard of this place for a few years but I really didn't have much of an idea where it was so with a full tank of fuel we headed off. He stopped at Donnybrook and got some new season apples. They had the most delicious Pink Lady and Granny Smiths at only $4 a kilo, the Orchard owners wife offered me a whole box for $10 but really I couldn't see how I could use all of them before they would go bad so I politely declined.
While at Donnybrook we stayed for a hour at their huge free playground. It was really busy (the forecast was for rain for the remainder of the week) Mr W quickly buddied up with some other kids and they had a great time together.
We had a bite of lunch and found the Gnovesville area... which is in the middle of nowhere. The story is that the local govenment had decided to build a roundabout at an intersection of two low traffic roads. The residents in the district we up in arms and didn't want this but no one can beat 'ciy hall' so as the roundabout was being built some folk began depositing their un wanted gnomes at the site. The word spread and the gnomes came from further and further afield. Eventually they overtook the rouindabout so they council removed them to the bushland adjacent to the roundabout. These days gnomes come from the US and Europe and many other places too. People have made lots of displays and dedications with their gnomes.
I am surprised how many naughty gnomes there were! Mr W wants to go back next holidays to donate a gnome of his own.