Friday 23 December 2022

The Wee Folks Festive Message, 2022.

Behold.  After a two year absence, it is time for us, the wee folks, to bring to you, once again, the very essence of our positive ideals.

Greetings, tis I, Geoffrey the garden gnome.  The loving husband of Fidelina, the beautiful fairy princess and proud father of the boy child, Einahalk.  

And the reason for our two year absence?  We have been looking after our human friend, our human brother, in your big world.  For Gary, over the last two and a half years, has had three major operations.  Our human brother was diagnosed with cancer.  He survived.  Our human brother has had two other major operations that have left him frustrated, scared, desperate.  In fact, since those other operations, he continues to be in extreme pain.  The medical profession, in your big world, have told him there is nothing else they can do. 

That's where us wee folks are playing a vital role in his determination to get better.  For we immerse him in the wonder, the magic, the inspirational love, that we gladly bestow upon our fragile human brother.  He understands.  He willingly embraces our values of an all different, all equal reality.  Despite such relentless pain, he will get better.  For our human brother is truly inspired.  From medical to magical.  

Now, let us inspire you, our human friend in the big world.  We know, since early in the big human year, 2020, that you have been going through a terrible time.  A terrifying time that has seemed relentless.  It might have felt like you were living in some sort of black and white horror film.  The colours, the brilliant colours, may well have become a fleeting memory.   

Come with me, come with us.  We reach out to hold your hand.  We hug you.  No more black and white.  No more gloomy, ominous clouds.  Let the colours of the rainbow absorb into your heart, your soul.  Believe.  Yes, you can sense the dawning of your indisputable awakening.  No more broken wings.  

Ah, a glorious July day in your human year, 2021.  Gary and ourselves lived in a remote English village for a year and a half.  The views are exhilarating.  Note the splashes of colour.  If you look real close, you will see us. 

Beyond the garden.  Out in pastures green.  Poppy, the talking horse, on the left and her friend, Flicker.  We have a spiritual connection with horses.  When you think about it, horses have a spiritual connection with humanity.   

During gentle summer rains, we huddled together in happy contentment.  The sound of rain.  A soothing symphony.  All part of nature's orchestra. 
And on a warm night in the summer of the big human year of 2021, we celebrated the simple joy of watching the glowing solar lamps. 

Soon, very soon, we would drift off to a gentle sleep.  A gentle sleep under a blanket of scented, radiant flowers. 

We now move on.  Due to Gary's ongoing health situation, we packed up from the remote village of Whiston.  Living in such a village, although a place of stunning beauty, we understood that our human brother must start anew.  We all moved back to the quaint English town of Leek in your big human time of September, 2022.  

Here we are indoors.  A gathering of joy, of hope, of love that transcends all boundaries. 

I feel such unbridled joy in the knowledge that my boy child and my wife, love me as I love them. 

In our new home, in Gary's new home, back in Leek, we gathered around the beckoning fireplace.  The festive season is upon us.  Time to reflect.  Time to continue to reach out and show our concern, our caring, our love for you.  For you and all the folks in the big human world.

We miss Penny the Jack Russell dog.  Yet, her spirit will forever live on.  Gary and his son, Tristan, cherish her memory.  Play, Penny Play.  Play with your friends in the fields of freedom on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.        

The sun sets on the sleepy little town of Leek.  Our message to you is simple yet profound.  Celebrate just how remarkable you are.  Stay well clear of those who only look for the bad in you and ignore the good in you.  Celebrate that all different, all equal world you wish to be so. 

The interaction between our world and your world, grows with every passing moment.  With every beat of our hearts, your heart.  

The new beginning is on the horizon.  A fresh, hopeful start.  The big human year of 2023, has almost arrived.  Indeed, together, in determined strength, in unity, we will make this a year of peaceful triumph.  Sense it.  The jubilation.  The colours of the rainbow are returning. 


  1. Happy Holidays! I hope the new year brings joy and peace to you all.

  2. Wonderful to see you back Gary. The pictures are awesome and the message clear. Merry Christmas and here's hoping for a blessed and pain free New Year!!

  3. Good to see you again.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. What a wonderful holiday surprise and treat to hear from Geoffrey the Garden Gnome on behalf of the other Wee Folk and GARY their human brother! Sorry to hear that the past 2 years have brought more medical difficulties, but glad that you are still going onwards and upwards there in the city of Leek. Thanks for all the fabulous photos too. May 2023 bring you all good health, happiness and peace of mind. HUGS!

  5. Here's to bright colours, peaceful futures, and a lessening of pain. Wishing all of the very best for 2023!!

  6. Merry Christmas, Gary, (and Geoffrey, Fidelina, & Einahalk). Great to see you return to the blogosphere. Perhaps I shall follow suit one day.

  7. It's wonderful to hear from you, although I'm sorry you've been going through so much during your absence from blogland. Chronic, unremitting pain is very difficult to deal with. I'm glad you survived cancer, however - that is good news. May you have a magical Christmas, you and your son and all the wee folk. Take care, Gary.

  8. Thank you so much for those inspiring and delightful messages. Please accept my love - and pass it on to Gary. And tell him that he is loved and missed.

  9. Thank you Geoffrey for updating us, Merry Christmas to all you wee folk and I hope 2023 sees Gary returning to health again.

  10. Just lovely Gary thank you and big thanks to gnomes goblins and elves for looking after you and inspiring us. A blessed Christmas to you and may 2023 see your health improve in leaps and bounds 🎄🦋🎄

  11. Dear Gary, you are always an inspiration. I read this with tears in my eyes.

    Wishing you everything good for the New Year and especially relief from pain and better health xx

  12. Hi Friends of Gary and to Gary himself ... always stalwart and moving forward with hope - I do so wish things will improve in 2023 ... thinking of you - and sincerely dream those thoughts come to fulfilment next year. Take care and sent with lots of thoughts for permanent relief ... have a blessed Christmas and peaceful New Year move into 2023 ... cheers Hilary

  13. Words of wisdom and hope for all. Truly inspiring Gary! Debbie C

  14. Merry Christmas to you and to Gary and continued prayers a miracle occurs for him.

  15. Hi Gary and you lovely wee folk! Michael Di Gesu, here... Wishing you all the joys that the BIG world can bring. Celebrate the good healing days and just remember on the bad and painful days, there will be relief in the future if you believe...Take care of Gary, Wee folk as you have been doing so graciously...he needs you...we all do! May 2023 bring joy and health for us all. Now that you all are back in Leek...such a charming place... you will all strive. Happy holidays to you all...and Gary, welcome back to blogging...we've missed your inspirations posts.

  16. HI Gary (and the wee folk), guess who this is my hirsute, '70s porn star/gay icon friend. OK, so that probably gives it away. Tis I, Dave.
    It's great to see you back in blogland despite all your hardships, and the special, positive message of this post is a tribute to your resilience. I know the past few years have been very difficult for you, so it's a pleasure to see you offer up such an inspiring piece.
    I sincerely hope that 2023 proves to be a better time, and I'll conclude by just wishing you a Happy Boxing Day and a prosperous New Year. Hopefully we'll speak soon.
    Very Best Wishes,

  17. Blessings and good wishes for the upcoming year!(Intangible Hearts)

  18. It's good to have you back. Sorry I'm late to the party. My poor ole macbook hasn't been feeling well. Sadly, he's starting to show signs of dementia. I'm still hoping he'll be here so I can follow along on your blog post. Feliz Navidad, Gary. Best to you in 2023.

  19. Hi, Thank you for the update. I am saddened to hear Gary has been having such a hard time with health issues. Of course, I will send my best positive intentions his way. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the brightest of blessings in 2023. I have missed you my friend.

  20. Glad to hear you wee folk have been watching over Gary through these troubled times and I hope that in the coming year pain becomes a distant memory and Gary can look forward to that hopeful start he so deserves.

  21. So good to have rainbows on the horizon :-) Happy New Year!

  22. So lovely to see you back here, Gary. I hope 2023 is more positive and hopeful for you.

  23. Thank you Wee Folks for sharing the story of Gary and his family! I'm so sorry Gary has been ill. 2023 is a year to heal and regain strength. Bless you all dear friends.

  24. Greetings to you. I am still having a terrible time trying to get my health situation sorted. I did appreciate Geoffrey the garden gnome doing a blog after two years.
    If you checked out my blog via a mobile phone, or cell phone, it might have appeared as somewhat messed up. If that be the case, you can click on the web version and it then looks okay. If you are using a computer or laptop, it should look okay.
    Thank you for such thoughtful comments. I shall endeavour to blog within the next two months. My son is attending a meeting with a doctor with me. I need to get better for this is beyond ridiculous.
    A peaceful, positive New Year to you.
    On behalf of the wee folks, here's a hug.

  25. Hoping things are getting better with your health! Loved seeing all the views at your old place and hearing about your new one. Hugs! ~Jess

    1. Hi Jess, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. Been on a bit of a wild adventure. Unfortunately, my health situation is still quite bad. It impacts my entire life. I have yet to get a proper diagnosis. Most frustrating. I do stay positive. Hope all is well with you and your loved ones. Hugs back to you. 😃

  26. Hello--

    loved this post and I truly hope that you feel better. Loved the gnomes and their message, even in the tail end of summer when its still boiling hot outside. Looking forward to the holidays.

    Joaquin from Find Meaning in Adversity

    1. Hi Joaquin, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am still struggling with my health issues. However, I have been slightly better lately. Delighted that you loved the wee folks message to humanity.
      May you stay cool as best you can. Thank you so much. In positivity, Gary.

  27. I enjoyed your text and loved your photos.

    "he continues to be in extreme pain. The medical profession, in your big world, have told him there is nothing else they can do."

    They can freaking well give him drugs to relieve his pain--as I hope they are doing.

    I see that this post is a year old today, so I'm wondering what has happened in your life over these many months.

    We used to read one another's blogs, you know. I have no idea why we stopped, but would like to start visiting one another again.

    1. My kind friend, sadly, I am still in extreme pain but not quite as bad as it was. No drug has worked. I have had to do my own research.
      When I am better, I'm sure we can interact again.
      Hope you had a nice Christmas and thank you.

    2. Klahanie, you haven't posted in a very long time, and I very much hope that you are feeling better than when you last wrote. Here in the States, Blogspot stated last year that it was going to start deleting blogs that had been inactive for six months. They certainly haven't done this in your case, but if you're well enough, perhaps you could put a very brief post online to avoid the possibility.

    3. Hi Snowbrush, I have been in too much pain to post. Thanks for letting me know. I will attempt to post something soon, just in case. Be well.

    4. Klahanie, perhaps at some point, you will feel up to responding to a question, but in the meantime I at least know you're alive, and that a better day will hopefully come.

      For many years I've suffered a great deal from life-altering back pain (I have an osteonecrotic C5 caused by falling on my head during a Yoga class) and a crushed L1 (I fell from a ladder while pruning a tree). I also have moderate to severe bilateral shoulder pain that two rotator cuff repairs and two replacements haven't altogether eliminated. Throughout it all, I have been able to write because writing involves so little movement, and I have a good chair to do it in. I understand that writing isn't an option for you, and this leaves me to wonder how you do fill the long hours of your long days, there being so many days and so many hours that must contain something.

    5. Hi Snowbrush, the pain is all consuming. Thus, I hardly even use my computer. I've only just noticed your thoughtful comment.
      I am sorry to read about your life-altering pain. I am heartened to know that you still can use the therapy that writing can provide.
      Actually, I would dearly embrace being able to actually write something. I have spent the last five plus years trying to get better. Three major surgeries later, one for kidney cancer and I'm still in excruciating pain. I have had to spend a lot of time and money in trying to get better. I still do not have a proper diagnosis. It's frightening living on my own and being in such extreme pain.
      I have been dabbling a bit with my writing. When I can, I exercise my writing by interacting on social networks. Thus, I do have something going for me that can occupy my time. I also got out for walks, which temporarily helps with the pain. I also practice positive visualisation that I will get better.
      Thank you for your thoughtful message. I shall endeavour to post on my blog, even if it's a short post, fairly soon. With gratitude, Gary.

    6. "I have spent the last five plus years trying to get better"

      Klahanie, I understand how such a pursuit can hijack one's existence, and I know how hard it can be to keep going it when nothing seems to help anyway. I also understand the importance of being proactive because no doctor can think of every possible diagnosis and treatment. In the hope that something I've tried might strike you as worthy of exploration, I will list such treatments as I can remember and that, hopefully, aren't too obvious. The one thing that I can think of that I haven't tried but would like to is psilocybin therapy, which is legal here.

      Physical Therapy

      Ablation Injections
      Ketamine Infusions
      Lidocaine Infusions
      Steroid Injections
      Trigger Point Injections

      Cognitive Therapy
      Heating Pads
      Ice Packs
      Mindfulness meditation
      Practicing gratitude
      Remembering that my wife and our five cats love and value me
      Sundry surgeries
      Studying topics that interest me
      Time in nature
      Time with pets
      Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

      Ambien and other sleep aids
      CBD Oil
      Celebrex and other NSAIDS
      Ginger Tea

      Aside from the pain--and the resultant depression and disability--a major source of stress for me is America's "war on drugs." As is the case with all narcotics users, my doctors and I are closely monitored; I have to jump through hoops to keep getting narcotics; and I live in fear of losing my supply (via a "pain contract" that I have to sign once a year) after being on them for 15-years. Certainly, narcotics have their downsides, but the government's insistence that there is always a better way is nonsense (When I go to the government site that is said to contain those ways, I'm advised to eat well, practice good sleep hygiene, develop an active social network, and so forth, things that all people should do but are woefully inadequate in my situation. For example, it's hard to practice good sleep hygiene when I hurt too much to sleep without strong drugs. As for a social life, it's' hard to make plans when I don't know but what I'll be in too much pain to go through with them, plus it's very hard to trust that others want to be with someone in my condition. Etc).

      "I still do not have a proper diagnosis."

      Pain and everything that results from it eventually becomes so very boring, tedious, and tiresome, does it not? Aside from well-intentioned friends feeling obliged to ask me how I am when both of us would prefer to talk about almost anything else); some doctors not taking me seriously; other doctors wondering if I'm an addict; and no doctor knowing how to cure an uncertain malady, I have found it emotionally crazy making to hurt as I do and not be able to name the reason.

    7. Sorry you're going through this, Snowbrush. Doctors really do need to get better at dealing with chronic pain. CBD is finally legal here now, but only if you go privately. My daughter-in-law has done that and finally has a legal solution to some of her worst pain.

    8. "Doctors really do need to get better at dealing with chronic pain."

      When my wife worked as a nurse in the 1980s, doctors in her small town hospital regularly denied adequate pain relief to terminal hospital patients on the grounds that narcotics were addictive. In the 1990s, American doctors went in the other direction and concluded that all patients "deserve adequate pain relief." Now, things have swung back to the way they were in the '80s, partly because doctors have to justify their narcotic prescriptions to the government. Obviously, opiates are addictive, but I've happily escaped that problem, and would consider it horribly unfair to be denied them because others have become addicted.

  28. I hope Gary sees this, Snowbrush. Has your blog been deleted?

    1. Hi fairyhedgehog, I see your comment. I am going to attempt to blog fairly soon. Thanks and all the best.

    2. Sorry you've been in so much pain, Gary xx

    3. Thank you so much, fairyhedgehog. I am beyond frustrated because I cannot get a proper diagnosis. All the best, kind friend. Xx

  29. "Snowbrush. Has your blog been deleted?"

    Fairyhedgehog, did the bloglink above my comment not work? In any event, here is another:

    1. Thanks, Snowbrush, I have bookmarked your blog.

  30. To Snowbrush and fairyhedgehog, thank you both for the extra interaction. I also note the resources that have been mentioned. I have been on lots of different painkillers. Morphine doesn't even touch the pain. I shall be pursuing getting medical marijuana. I tried CBD oil and that was exercise in futility and very expensive. Much of what you mentioned, Snowbrush, I have been prescribed at one point or another. None of them worked. I do exercise as best I can. I am also using herbal medicines.
    What almost works is my positive attitude and refusing to let the pain continue to dominate my life. I hope to return soon. Maybe after the A to Z has ended. Thank you both. I'm grateful.

    1. "Morphine doesn't even touch the pain."

      You might want to go online to verify that your doctor worked you up to the highest prescribed dose possible. You might also experiment with taking narcotics that are stronger than morphine: Dilaudid (hydrophone) is two to eight times stronger; oxycodone is 1.5 times stronger; and Fentanyl is a hundred times stronger. Once you've taken adequate amounts of a number of narcotic medications, you might want to ask your doctor for a non-narcotic pain killer such as Demerol (aka meperidine). The following antidepressants have also shown an ability to alleviate chronic pain: duloxetine, venlafaxine, and milnacipran.

      Has your doctor considered the ineffectiveness of narcotics from the vantage point of being an important diagnostic tool? For example, the failure of narcotics to help is sometimes indicative of a disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

    2. Hi Snowbrush and fairyhedgehog,
      Just to further update, I have been on the highest dose of morphine and it did not relieve the pain. I have had a two year battle with the urology department, who kept sending me for repeat tests. I had to go to my doctor to finally get a referral to neurology. I think, based on three major surgeries, that I may well have scar tissue or nerve damage. I have been waiting for fifteen months to be seen by neurology. I'm still waiting.
      I also am working with the pain management clinic. They gave me a steroid injection and it did not work.
      I have been going to a acupuncturist for over a year. Limited results. As stated before, I do my best to stay active and remain positive.
      Hopefully, I can at least put up a blog fairly soon.
      Thank you both for your kindness.

    3. I'm so sorry, Gary. Sending love xx

    4. "I have been waiting for fifteen months to be seen by neurology."

      Do you mean to say that you've waited fifteen months since you were referredl!!! Good god, that's terrible! I knew that things moved slowly where you are, but I cannot conceive of someone in crippling pain being made to wait THAT long, and because you're suffering dreadfully, it can be awfully hard to advocate for yourself. Your ordeal has the makings of a comedy skit.

      By the way, it's my poorly informed belief that narcotics don't work for you because your pain IS nerve-related Let's just hope that the sun doesn't burn out before a neurologist can at long last evaluate you.

    5. fairyhedgehog, Thank you for kindness, Sending peaceful, loving thoughts to you. Xx

      Snowbrush, I appreciate your interaction. Thank you. Yes, fifteen months and getting nowhere. Several times I told urology that I need to be seen by neurology. All they did was keep giving me one scan after another that did not reveal why I'm in so much pain. I stated that it might possibly be, as mentioned before, that it could be nerve damage, or scar tissue. After being messed about by urology, I finally got my doctor to get me a neurology referral.
      As you know, we have universal healthcare in the UK. My pain was so extreme, that during the pandemic, the NHS stopped answering the phone at the hospital. I found out later that I was most likely phoning someone's house. No answer and I was terrified. I had to go private twice because I was being overlooked. Despite me being rushed into Emergency, due to the relentless pain, I was still ignored. My health centre contacted urology, emergency contacted urology and nothing. Thus, I had to go private to get surgery that should have been done. I shall go check and make sure the sun is still in the sky. In positivity, thank you, once again.


I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.