Gnomesville

It's just past five a.m. on a Monday morning... which would be quite respectable if it weren't the first Monday of school holidays (as they always call them here) and us with hopes to visit the drive-in tonight. At this rate I'll be asleep by the time Robert Downey Jr. dons his iron suit in the back half of the double feature - just like almost every drive-in movie in my youth. 

Mike started out the weekend determined that we Set a Tone (successfully done with a walk downtown to discover that the allegedly awful Indian restaurant is actually not bad and has a dinner buffet), and on Saturday we continued full steam into appreciating Mike's time off with a visit from Gnomesville.

Gnomesville

(All of these Gnomesville photos were taken with my phone in the complicated-to-me light of the forest on a wintry grey day, and with no post-processing. I'll do a better job of it next time when we return with our own gnome tableau, because I can tell you right now that this has to happen. I already have something planned out, and by "planned" I mean that I've spent hours distracted by websites that sell miniatures for fairy gardens. Why did no one tell me about fairy gardens?!)

Gnomesville

Scratch around the internet and more than one story for Gnomesville's origin comes up. I think the please-all version is that once-upon-a-time a traffic circle was constructed. This caused contention. At the same time, a garden gnome appeared in or near the circle. Then more showed up.

Gnomesville

Twenty years later, and "Gnomesville" has more than three thousand gnomes, with tourists and locals alike bringing more all the time. Indeed, many we saw were from 2013. The earliest dated gnomes we saw were from ten years ago, but I dare say that many people didn't think to start making the date prominent on until 2009 or so.

Gnomesville

I asked Mike what his price was to visit Gnomesville at night. "Two thousand," he said. Or the equivalent in a cruise. "But not a $1900 cruise. Two thousand. No less."

Gnomesville

Gnomesville

As every other review will tell you, the gnomes go on much further than you expect.

Gnomesville

Gnomesville reminded me of a pet cemetery with its many sweet, creative memorials.

Gnomesville

Gnomesville

Gnomesville

That one website that says Gnomesville is 15 minutes from Bunbury is lying. From the heart of Bunbury's downtown (or "CBD" as everyone calls a downtown with more than two streets here), where we had a very decent breakfast at Benesse, it was 30-35 minutes away. (A gorgeous 30-35 minutes, though. The Ferguson Valley is lovely.)

Gnomesville

Gnomesville

If you haven't had enough grainy-n-bleachy-in-an-uncalculated-and-non-Instagram-way pics of Gnomesville, here's a slideshow of the rest:

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