Stolen garden gnome returned to its owner after epic 'eight-month road trip'
The runaway gnome was returned to Bev York last week along with a hardcover bound book containing pictures from his journey from Vancouver Island all the way to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
The mystery gnome poachers had renamed the travel companion “Leopold the travelling gnome”, explaining in the book:
“Hi, my name is Leopold the travelling gnome. One morning back on December '15, I saw a motorhome toddle along Finlayson Arm Road and I thought to myself, 'There's got to be more to life than standing knee-deep in rainwater, being peed on by neighbourhood dogs and staring at the same view every single day.'”
Far from being offended, York was delighted at her garden friend’s adventure.
“It is sweet. Whoever did it, I think, has a great sense of whimsy and [is] probably very nice,” she told CBC News British Columbia.
She also applauded the “hard work” that went into making the “beautifully-bound book”.
Pictures feature Leopold kicking back with a cocktail, posing with a cactus and having a nap with a mystery toddler.
The book ends with some sound advice: "Remember: adventure before dementia!".