Fairies and Gnomes

The library I told you about yesterday has a beautiful garden and I was pleased to find fairies and gnomes living there now.

The place reminds me of a page from a fairytale so it seems appropriate these small creatures would find a home among the hydrangea and snapdragons.

I especially liked how gnomes have tamed this cat.

He seems happy enough.

This farm is eye catching and smart.

I walked through a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed stopping to literally smell the flowers and enjoy the hard work of the volunteers who keep these grounds looking nice.

Volunteers help make the world beautiful and communities healthy. I’m grateful for the work these folks so to make Wagnalls Memorial Library a destination and center for the community.

T. Brausch Studio

One of the astounding things about traveling country backroads and small town side streets is that you literally never know what you’re going to find.

I was in Lithopolis on a work assignment last week. While circling the block to park, something unusual caught my eye but I didn’t have time to stop. I meandered in that general direction Saturday on a socially distanced adventure and swung by for a closer look.

What caught my eye was this striking sculpture on the front of a notably unremarkable building.

It’s the home of T. Brausch Studio and Gallery.

What in the world?

I mean, I adore this little town with its cute shops and spectacular library but this all seemed a bit unusual. So I Googled it.

Turns out they work in many types of art including fine art refinishing and resculpting. They can be commissioned for original pieces as well. Turns out they are known for restoration work in churches far and near.

The Columbus Dispatch wrote an article about them a few years ago. Click here to read it. You can also learn more and see some before and after images at their website.

The moral of the story? Take the side street, go around the block if you must and don’t forget to seek out some answers. You may be surprised at what’s happening in America’s small towns.