tbabgnomes1“Gather around everyone! It’s time to tell the story again,” says Doc the dwarf to much fanfare.
The news spreads fast in the enchanted garden of Ronnie and Annie Ykers who live in Corsair Street in Milnerton.
The soft voices of the fairies reach the gnomes and suddenly the whole garden buzzes with excitement.
“Story time!”
They all gather around Doc and the other six dwarves (Bashful, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy).
“Settle down now friends!” exclaims Doc seriously, before asking: “Where’s Ronnie and Annie? They must do the voices!”
Ronnie and Annie the baboons – who were named after the founders and providers – scuffle past the tree-stump house and stop where everyone can see them.
Ronnie clears his throat theatrically and then he recites the actual words spoken by the owner during an interview with TygerBurger: “I have been collecting these garden statues for … Oh, for how long Ann?”
Annie responds: “For five years. We love animals, so Ronnie decided to make a garden which the children who walk past our house can enjoy. We bought some garden gnomes, fairies, antelopes, squirrels and monkeys, but Ronnie had to look around for two years to find the seven dwarves!”
A big round of applause is heard in the garden.
Ronnie continues, “This old lady gave me her seven dwarves before she had to move. She used to love admiring the garden – especially during Christmas when it looks amazing.”
The fairies nod in agreement.
Says Ronnie: “These ornaments need to be painted and mended regularly, so it keeps me busy!”
Everyone in the crowd looks first at the beaming and impeccably painted antelope and then at one of the half naked fairies, who confidently retorts: “It’s my turn next!”
Doc holds up his chubby hands and says: “Settle down, settle down! It’s rude to interrupt I’ll let you know.”
Ronnie clears his throat again, “We give them names sometimes, like Chanu, Ann and Ronnie. The kids also give them names. There are about 50 figurines here so it’s hard to remember all the names!”
The atmosphere in the crowd suddenly becomes electric, because they know what’s coming now.
Ann says proudly: “Incidentally, just before you came there were foreign tourists here who are seemingly working on some kind of documentary. They will be back to film our garden!”
“Hooray!” cries the audience in unison.
Sammy the squirrel suddenly whispers piercingly: “They’re awake! Everyone to their starting positions!”
The real Ronnie pulls open the curtain and looks suspiciously at his garden.
He could’ve sworn he heard someone shout, “Hooray!”
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