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We Are No Longer in Gnome Man’s Land — Do You Gnome What I am Saying?

We Are No Longer in Gnome Man’s Land — Do You Gnome What I am Saying?
There’s no place like Gnome; and they are popping up all over Ottawa. 
Finding one could be good luck for you.
Miniature Gnomes, about the size of a loonie, are making themselves at home all throughout Ottawa.
There have been over 400 since last June, according to their creator; who is asking to remain anonymous.
“I try to put one out every day,” they tell CTV News Ottawa.
You could call it Ottawa’s own Gnomey Banksy, but the creator laughs when asked. Read the rest here– click

Thursday January 6th, 2022.

For years I have asked– no begged for someone to do this.. It began in Oakland California when I lived there

To those interested in gnomeourism here is how Oakland did it.


From a posting I did in 2013—

There are now over 2,300 gnomes that now populate the hills and flats of Gnome Mans Land, California (Oakland). Until recently, they had pretty much managed to keep their presence a secret but then word got out in 2013 and there were fears that even Gnomeland Security might get into the act.

Word on the street is this population was descended from a shipment of gnomes bound for Oakland’s famous Fairyland in 1928 and escaped when the delivery truck tipped over.  But really, gnobody gnows where they came from. You can find them at the bases of telephone poles and they gnever gather in groups. They hate low altitudes and heavy traffic, and live off the energy found in the telephone wires.


More than a year ago, a mysterious man wanted to do something nice for his neighbours near Lake Merritt in Gnomelandia. He found some scrap wood from old fences and cut them into wooden blocks 6 inches tall, and painted the mythical creatures on them. Then he anonymously screwed (not nailed) the guerrilla installations to wooden utility poles (never trees), at sidewalk level.

The first batch of about two dozen went up in January, 2012. The artist’s greatest joy is walking the streets of Oakland (“tending herd” as he calls it) to make sure none have been removed.

A woman posted on a Facebook page:

“We need some Gnomes in East Oakland around Eastmont Mall!! Magic is something that can grow.”  Her neighborhood?  When one hears about shootings in Oakland, probably 1/3 are within twenty blocks of her home. And there’s an elementary school there with four telephone poles in front of it, two on its side.  They are getting every gnome [in stock].  She deserves them for believing in magic.”


At Fairyroom.com they figured out that “the gnomes on the streets close to the lake’s edge are wearing pants. But as the streets angle up the hill, the gnomes on the telephone poles change their wardrobe to kilts. The gnomes of Oakland’s higher elevations are plainly Highlanders, a bit of dry humor everyone heartily appreciates.”

Then one day San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Jones blew their cover. PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) spokesman Jason King said he had never noticed them on their utility poles, although he jogs around the lake. Sticking to the company playbook, he told her a crew would be dispatched to remove them from gnome mans land.

His exact words: “We can’t have anything that would compromise the integrity of our equipment. The concern is that the gnomes could inspire additional people to place things on our property.”

“Save the Lake Merritt Gnomes” Facebook page popped up. Calls poured in. The Twittersphere exploded. Negotiations ensued.

We are holding peace talks for the 2300 gnomes in a secret mushroom patch near the Rose Garden,” said Zac Wald, chief of staff to City Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney, whose district includes the preponderance of the gnome population. “People love the gnomes, and they are District Three residents.”

At the end of January there was a positive win for the little people:

“We received a great deal of public feedback, so we’re declaring the poles gnome-man’s land. We’re not going to remove them,” PG&E spokesman Jason King said.

I think the gnomes are a sweet reminder that a little magic can go a long way. I’m looking forward to the story spreading beyond Oakland – but for now, the magic remains in Oakland– because– that’s where the Gnomes are. They made my life in Oakland wonderful.

Also read- Remember those mysterious Oakland gnomes? A new batch of coronavirus-inspired characters are popping up

2016 — Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Ontario


Last week gazing at the Mississippi River in Almonte I spotted something. No, it couldn’t be! But it was!


There, all my himself was a lone gnome in the middle of the dam looking for a pirate ship to escape in because of all the Enerdu construction. I don’t blame him! It instantly reminded me of my former hometown of Oakland, California where the gnomes took over the town and became a tourist attraction in 2013. Could the same thing be happening to Almonte!?

Carleton Place Library Gnome

The proof is in the pudding my friends–the Gnomes are afoot!

April 18th 2022

Just another Easter Monday– looking for smiles– some ridiculousness, some insanity to make me smile…and I just got a comment on WordPress– I am smiling, I am giggling…I am thrilled…


9 hr. ago

Just in case you were wondering, I moved from Oakland to the land of my forefathers… Oklahoma…six years ago and have been periodically busy: there are little towns all over Oklahoma with many telephone poles in need of magic too. What’s an algorithmic painter like me supposed to do? Ok Gnomes on Facebook will fill in the rest.


OK Gnomes
April 24, 2016  · 

A beautiful day to visit another Oklahoma town.
OK Gnomes
July 7, 2019  · 

I put gnomes on telephone poles. Originally in Oakland, CA, now, slowly, all over Oklahoma. Why? My way of trying to make the world just a little better

Have You Seen My Gnome?

Have You Seen My Gnome?



Today for the first time in a few weeks I didn’t have to put a hat on when I got up. Anyone living in an older home knows how drafty it can become– but add the recent arctic temperatures and it has become a challenge to keep warm. I had a smile on my face today because of the slightly warmer air and knew it was going to be a good day. I should have just stopped right there, maybe put my hat back on, and crawled back into bed.

Furnace number 2 had finally shut off for the first time in weeks, and the heating vent in the greenhouse was actually working. It was going to be the best day ever until I saw Steve’s face. He kept running back and forth between the garage and the kitchen door and would not tell me what was up until I began to look frantic.

He looked at me seriously and said,

“It’s your gnome!”

“Which one?” I asked, as I have many sizes and shapes.

It’s the little guy who whistles “Whistle While You Work” when you walk into the garage,” he said.

“I can hear him outside, but I can’t find him!” Steve said as he kept looking for the gnome that either ran away, or was ejected from his gnome by force.

You have to understand that this 12 inch musical gnome is hated by many. From the day I bought him at a garage sale for $3 and he has been talked about, as most find him quite irritating. Visitors don’t appreciate his constant whistling song when movement is felt by him in the garage. Some have even dubbed him “my house alarm”. My neighbours know of my love of gnomes, and once you go gnome, you can just never go home.

My gnome was still home a few days ago and appeared to be enjoying his dormant winter time, as really, it was too cold in the garage for him to sing his happy song. Did he become bored? I knew I had to keep calm gnome matter what. Some folks don’t understand my specific kind of crazy, but most do admire my full commitment to it.

So, there were only a couple of suspects that could have freed the gnome, but one is in Jamaica ( Perry I am looking at you), and the other two thought I was really rollin’ with the gnomes and denied any participation in the crime. Hopefully come spring  I will find him. In all honesty I marvel how loud a 12 inch piece of plastic with a waning battery can be in the snow, and hope I don’t have a gnome attack if he survives this merciless Canadian Winter.

They say that weather is like a person’s mood, which changes frequently, while climate is like someone’s personality, which is more long-term– so, to my lost gnome– “Oh Gnome I didn’t”, but the truth is out there–somewhere. I think I will go put my hat back on.



Granddaughter Sophia


Update January 21 2017

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The singing gnome was heard this morning once again as a squirrel flew across the yard- he was last heard at the end of December – no idea who threw him in the snow bank, he is thawing in the sink–  He is hidden until safer times LOLOL


July 16 2019… he is back!!

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Is Almonte Now Powered by Gnomes?

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina– Heart Disease, Anger and Gnomes

Insane Interview With the Travelocity Gnome’s Cousin – Cyril – Zoomer



Insane Interview With the Travelocity Gnome’s Cousin – Cyril – Zoomer.


“Two years ago I interviewed Cyril the Gnome, who is the first cousin of the famed Travelocity Gnome. Cyril’s taco truck is still sitting in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and has been invaded by elderly hippies. They have already changed the name of the truck to:

 “Would you like this truck on your party?”

Thankfully, I managed to contact him through E.S.P  to continue this Q and A that I began 2 years ago. No, I am not on drugs, this was actually this week’s Zoomers writing challenge.”