Melissa Sheldon has had her collection of wrecked
Melissa Sheldon has had her collection of wrecked

Gnome wreckers

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SNOW White stands alone in the garden bed, unaware of the fate of her friends the seven dwarfs.

The garden gnome dwarfs were just one of 21 gnomes to fall victim to a brutal smashing on Wednesday night in Barney Street.

Melissa Sheldon (right) was at home when the kidnap and attack of her six-year-old gnome collection took place.

"I remember looking out the window to check on them, and it must have been the angle I looked at but I didn't notice any missing,'' she said.

"It was only later that I noticed one was missing and then I noticed another and another.

"I had to get the old photos out, there's so many, to check which were missing.

"I was very upset especially if someone's deliberately doing it. I think they're jealous.

"I won third prize in the Home Maker garden awards last October and I've entered in the Gardening Australia Gardener of the Year competition.

"I sent them photos with all my gnomes, I don't know what I'm going to do now.''

It was the influence of Melissa's grandfather ? "a great gardener'' ? who got Melissa hooked on gnomes and gardening six years ago.

Last year she was diagnosed with diabetes and bone density disease and now lives off a disability pension.

Without a job, Melissa spends her days gardening, tending her gnomes and combing op shops and garage sales for bargain gnomes.



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