Thursday, March 31, 2011

Roamy takes in Jefferson City -

  The blacksmith and I took Roamy to town. Our first stop was the Jefferson Visitors Bureau. We visited the county courthouse, the old Missouri State Penitentiary (which we could have signed up for a ghost tour), it is open on certain days for tours. We stopped by the Governor's Mansion (where the gate talked to me).

  We went to Jefferson Landing where we found there was an iron exhibit (music to the blacksmith's ears, so we checked that out).

We saw the Lewis and Clark bigger than life size bronze statues, including their dog Seaman. Across the street we saw the Governor's gardens, the tulip trees had been nipped with frost, but still pretty and pink.

  The Capitol was in the same block, there we took Roamy to see the north side which over looks the mighty Missouri river.

 Our last stop was the Missouri Conservation Runge Center (combine pleasure and business, the blacksmith had to pick up his season Turkey tags, to hunt them legally) and Roamy took a ride on the new bronze turtle which will be dedicated April 16, when the blacksmith has an invitation to demonstrate there!

 He also had a nice visit with Smokey the bear.

  Roamy has already left the building, headed for a new adventure.  Restless soul, he is. 

Some interesting links -

Lewis and Clark

Missouri State Capitol

Missouri State Penitentiary

Cole County Historical Society

Governor's mansion

Missouri Conservation Center

Elizabeth Rozier Gallery/Jefferson Landing

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Roamy in Missouri!

This just in from The Blacksmith....
There was a visitor today in the shop!
Roamy is his name.
He just stopped by to say hello.
After a tour of Jefferson City, MO he will be leaving almost as quickly as he came.
Stay tuned for more MO adventures...

Looks like he's staying out of trouble... so far.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Roamy's Finland Connection

 (above images courtesy google)

 This just in from Saara of Finland... 

 - The gnome twins moved to our place at Christmas time many years ago. At first it seemed as though they were normal Christmas elves, but something about their behavior made me suspicious. The twins were very sleepy and shy. Only at the fireplace would they  show some kind of interest in being social.  It must have been the heat of the fire. So I decided not to be too demanding and I let them live in peace. They seemed satisfied but eventually disappeared  for the rest of that winter.  I thought perhaps they were hybernating after arranging Christmas with Santa Claus.

Little did I know. 

When the first signs of spring became apparent the gnome twins suddenly appeared from their hiding place and stayed by the window looking at the garden where snow was just about to disappear for good. I started my spring gardening and clean-up of the backyard. I felt their eyes on my back all the time.  It was a little bit annoying so I decided to take the twins out with me too. Despite the frozen ground it took only a blink of an eye and they were gone. I saw red flashes under the leaves and their running around made a funny sound. They seemed happy. It was then when I realised that my elves are actually garden gnomes. They seemed to love my garden.

Now, after many years together I have noticed that my gnomes share a lot of ideas with me. They like "slow gardening" and wild environment. That´s why I do not cut the lawn too often. The longer the grass the happier the twins seem to be. Now they are hibernating somewhere under the snow, or - as I told Karen before - they might have moved to Southern Europe for winter. But I´m sure that they will come back really soon when it´s time to start enjoying the springtime again.

Who knows if my twin gnomes are related to Roamy.  They seem to have the same mischievous streak!   Roamy is welcome to meet his cousins in Helsinki, Finland any time.

P.S. - Garden gnome is "puutarhatonttu" in Finnish.

Some Finland Facts:

-Finland is the fifth largest country in Europe.
-68% of the country is covered by forest.
-Helsinki is the capital, with a population of 539,000 but with the little cities around it, it’s around 900,000.
-Other big cities include Tampere and Turku.
-The language of the elves in the famous movie based on a book, Lord Of The Rings, is based on Finnish.
-Finland is a bilingual country, the two official languages are Swedish and Finnish.
-The UN  voted Finland as the second most stable country in the world.

Saara, can I come with him??... that is... if I can find him! - Karen 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Roamy in Charlotte, NC!...

I have had a little visitor this week!

  Roamy arrived at Sherri's house on Monday of last week.  Sherri says in her blog post  " I was sick Monday and Tuesday and I wasn't able to take Roamy on any adventures. Today John and I took Roamy to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! This is how we spent our day:"

Here is Roamy at our front door. Doesn't he look cute next to my pansies!

We took Roamy to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden today. He couldn't wait to drive through the entrance!

Here he is getting closer to the entrance. He kept trying to run up to the entrance and I had to hold his hand and slow him down.

Just when I thought Roamy was behaving and walking slowly towards the entrance of the Garden he decided to hide out in a group of mini daffodils-isn't he cute!

There is a beautiful white garden at the Daniel Stowe Botanical garden. There is also a fountain and Roamy decided he needed to pose by it.

Roamy making friends with the Bunny at the Garden.

Roamy made quick friends with this little snail at the Garden and it made him feel like he was back home amongst the moss.

Roamy striking a pose in the holly hedge.

I told Roamy to stop being bad and to stop getting so close to the edge of the fountain.

Here is Roamy laughing at me being worried about him falling into the fountain.

Roamy walked with us through the entire Garden and needed a rest at the end. While John and I drank our water, Roamy decided to rest at the table overlooking the garden.

Saying goodbye can be hard, but Roamy was tired and wanted to just hang out at our house.

When we got home, we took Roamy out into our courtyard. He got very smitten with our Garden Fairy! I tried to explain that he will be traveling alot in the next year so he shouldn't make any lasting relationships. He agreed and told the Garden Fairy farewell.

Then Roamy decided to be naughty again-what is with him and water!!

Roamy was on the edge of my fountain again!

I just turned my back and then I heard a plunk in the water. That little devil Roamy had jumped in the water and was playing in my fountain!

Roamy crawled out of the fountain with my help and then jumped up on the fence next to the fountain and was admiring my neighbor's wisteria (that is just starting to bloom).

Well that has been the story of Roamy staying at the McDermitts! Who would like to take Roamy next? I will entertain offers for Roamy's next adventure until Wednesday night. I will then let the lucky person know on Thursday. This has been a really fun adventure and it could be yours!!
             Thank you, Sherri - for taking care of Roamy - I wonder where he'll go next?