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Posted Jul 29, 2009 1:43 PM
Not a joke, but a funny story.
1,500 orphaned gnomes sent to foster homes
Members of the Australian Gnome Convention collect some of the 1,500 garden gnomes
About 1,500 garden gnomes have been saved from the scrapheap.
The collection of small cement people was left behind after the death of an elderly Cootamundra woman, with the new owners of her property not keen on keeping them hanging around.
But a solicitor acting for the deceased estate in southern NSW contacted the Australian Gnome Convention seeking advice on how to dispose of the garden ornaments.
The convention, established by the Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club, is held annually in Glenbrook, west of Sydney, and has become the spiritual home for Australia's gnomes.
Convention organiser and "gnome master" David Cook said he did not hesitate in organising a rescue party.
"We didn't want to see them put in a skip and taken to the tip and all smashed up," Mr Cook said.
The four-member rescue team joined with Cootamundra locals, working for almost four hours to load "every square inch" of two vehicles and a trailer.
The gnomes will be fostered out to various locations across the Blue Mountains but will be reunited next Australia Day for the sixth annual Australian Gnome Convention.
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