Gnome Countryside + December Moon
This weekend we spent a frigid Saturday night at Gnome Countryside in Lancaster County, Pa., where it is said gnomes visit and make their homes.
We didn’t see any gnomes. I am sure they were hiding.
Gathered with a small, cold crowd we sat around a huge bon fire and sang Christmas carols, listened to the drumming and to the flute serenade.
And the trickling of the creek.
The crackling fire.
And to nothing at all.
With flashlights in hand my family of four and others followed a candlelit path through the woods.
Was that a gnome? No, don’t think so.
A rainbow haloed the full-moon beaming through bare branches.
We circled the Giving Tree.
It was time to thaw by the fire again, and to sip a cup of heated, homemade cider.
Two hours passed by as we absorbed the frozen countryside.
Thank you Rich Humphrey, “Gnomeman,” for sharing your love of nature with us.
We must visit again this spring. It won’t be as cold then. And maybe we’ll catch sight of a gnome.
Be sure to check out the Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night, December 20th into December 21st. This will be the last lunar eclipse visible in North America until 2014.