The cookstove is an elaborate affair. To the left are the burners for pots and to the right is an oven. The firebox is in the middle. The stove is stuccoed and brightly painted in folkart decor using reds, blues, yellows and greens. At the right of the stove the wood is stacked neatly on top of which is a basket full of pine needles for air freshner. The cookstove is used for baking, cooking and warmth. This is the focal point of view when entering the house proper.
To the right of the door, as you enter is a long table with two end chairs and two benches. This is elaborately carved from wood and boasts a Christmas centerpiece that is left there year round. To the left of the door is a large area rug for the children to play upon. In the wall to the left are the doors that open to reveal the sleeping alcoves. There are two along the wall, one for mother and father and one for the children. Between each is a series of drawers.
This alcove is used for the children, usually two, twins. There is a covered bench in front of the doors to allow the children to step up into the alcove. The sleeping alcove is recessed into the wall, filled with bedding and the doors closed at night. There is another sleeping alcove to the left of the throne room available for guests.
On the right and left of the stove are two doors. The left opens to the washroom and the right opens to the throne room. But that is for another time…:)
This is where my imagination runs wild and free. The woodland gnome builds their home at the base of a tree. It has a concealed entry but once inside…each room is unique, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom (throne room), the wash room. The first room entered is the boot room which houses the well; one cleans up before entering the house proper. In the boot room one will find the well (indoors!), the watch cricket in its cage, the dowery chest and miscellaneous baskets.
From here one enters the house proper, a large, spacious room in which you will find the cookstove, table and chairs, wood carving portraits, wood stacked neatly against the stove, mouse pets in their bowl, doors to the washroom, sleeping alcoves, throne room and a concealed emergency trapdoor exit.
More on this to follow…
Another tidbit about the world of gnomes: gnomes live a very long time and due to that one might consider that they are prone to very high blood pressure. The gnome has a method of protection against such a possibility. They not only use very little salt in their diet, they drink a tea made from Shepherd’s Purse, regularly. Shepherd’s Purse tea can be made using 2 grams of fresh Shepherd’s Purse tea to 50 cm 3 boiling water.
Shepherd’s Purse is an herb. I found this information at http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-shepherds-purse.htm#Properties.
Shepherd’s Purse is an annual or biennial herb with a branched stem. Tiny white flowers appear all year, followed by heart shaped seedpods.
Archeological records show that this herb has been used by man since ancient times.
The whole plant, leaves and seed pods are used medically and the leaves and seedpods have culinary uses.
It is an astringent diuretic herb with good urinary antiseptic, as well as blood coagulant properties.
It contains flavonoids (rutin, diosmin, hesperidin), amino acids (proline), monoterpenoids and glucosinolates, as well as various amines (such as acetylcholine, choline and tyramine) and saponins.
- Internal use
- Shepherd’s purse is used internally to stop bleeding, especially during heavy menstruation, nosebleeds, hemorrhoids, blood in urine and wounds.
- It furthermore is helpful with cystitis and in Chinese medicine it is used for “cooling the blood”, as well as for unspecified eye diseases, dysentery and high blood pressure.
Imagine that, the gnomes knew that all along!!!!
Back after a spell…
Gnome leg muscles have an extra bundle. They have two types of muscles–red and white. White are for short-distance performance; and red are for endurance work.
They are more remarkable with their sense of smell. The gnome ‘sees’ a lot of their world through the nose. Mankind has lost this acute sense. The gnome needs it for survival, given their size in a very large world!!!
The gnome can smell 19 times better than a man. This enables the gnome to sense more from a typical wooded scene than a human would. A necessary skill to survive + or – 400 years.
The hat is made of felt and is solid. The gnome never removes his hat/cap until bedtime then only in the dark. “A gnome without his cap is not a gnome.” The gnome receives his first hat/cap when young and keeps it his whole life. This requires repairs, the adding of new layers of felt that are applied using a molded form that matches his head. This is not a task to be relished, but is necessary. The hat/cap is needed for individuality and protection. Some say the hat/cap has the power to bestow invisibility upon the gnome. Could account for the difficulty in spotting the little fellows???
A gnome in the prime of life is approximately 275 years old, stands 15 cm. tall and has a perpetual squint from standing/posing in harsh daylight. More about his hat next.
Gnomes inhabit a variety of places. There are woodland gnomes, forest gnomes, farm gnomes, library gnomes. Gnomes are dispersed throughout Europe into Siberia. A few other names for gnomes are: Kleinmanneken, Flemish, Kaboutr, Dutch, Tomte or Nisse, Norwegian, Nisse, Danish are a few.
Darla is my inspiration for these posts. (Yes, there will be more) Sis, we have a lot in common, it’s great to find someone who loves the “little people” as I do.
Gnomes originated in Scandinavia, moving into the Lowlands after the Great People Migration beginning in A.D. 395.