The Gnome and I – Episode 8
Leaves Me Alone
I was a bit disappointed that my property had no trees; only three tree stumps. However, as Autumn arrived I had masses of leaves. Leaves from the noisy-dogs-neighbours’ trees blanketed my entire property. If the situation was reversed I would have offered to rid their property of my leaves. Instead, they watched me raking their leaves, yet offered no assistance or bags. Henri was appalled. ‘Comportement grossier!’ (Churlish behaviour!)
Henri suggested I bag the leaves and place them on their doorstep with a note “Merci vous êtes les feuilles de vos arbres. Je suis retourner à vous.” (Thank you for your tree leaves. I am returning them.) It was difficult to restrain myself but I refrained from leaving a leafy present; i.e. choose your battles with neighbours wisely.
Mid-October arrived. There was just enough time to plant bulbs and Dan supervised. Henri looked on with approval as I dug holes, inserted the bulbs and then covered the beds with hay. Contrary to popular belief not all gnomes all partial to gardening. Henri preferred to watch me do all the work.