We put the tree up yesterday… and now it is adorned with a tiny Korknisse army.
I finally got the last of the Korknisse finished. I had put these on hiatus after the funeral. But the last five are done, complete with little bells and faces. They’re awfully cute. And the ones that have stayed with us will be on the tree this year.
It is such a simple pattern, but the effect is well worth it.
Well, the Korknisse went down extremely well with my Aunt, who reacted surprisingly well at finding five little cork gnomes strewn around her living room. We managed to get one in the fireplace, one on top of the T.V., one sitting by a vase of flowers, one on a side table and best of all, one sitting atop a picture frame. She really liked the idea of having them at the wake.
What made it funnier was that my cousin (the one who had permitted me to take the corks if she could have a couple) spent 15 minutes with a gnome sitting by her head without noticing it, nor noticing the fact that the three of us (me, Mum and Aunt) were trying desparately not to crack up.
So the gnomes will be going, and we’ll encourage people to take them home – they can be used for Christmas decorations – and we hope that when they see them, they’ll provide a smile and a memory of my Grandpa.
While clearing my Grandpa’s house, a rather large bag of brand new corks appeared. What else could I do.
Cousins and Aunts were consulted as to whether I could take the corks. An agreement was reached. I could have said corks providing Korknisse (in selected colours) were created and delivered to said individuals.
Later this evening (after wine admittedly), my Mum and I are wondering if we can get sufficient numbers made to populate the Wake next Wednesday. Grandpa had a rather silly sense of humour, and we think he would have approved. Now we need to convince the rest of family. The Korknisse army are massing and will present themselves at my Aunt’s house tomorrow afternoon – preferably in random places.
He’s only screaming because he doesn’t have a hat yet…