Out of the blue - but very much in the pink (and yellow and red) - my gnome reappears this morning, laden with some nice flowers, blooming at -2 in a chilly November, and presents for the children! Amazing. Brilliant wheeze. Accompanying postcard reads: Have been spending some time with my brother in these lovely flowers, better than being stuck in a box by you're (sic) door. But I decided to come home. Hey ho back to the fir trees.
Still none the wiser but two new ideas have sprung to mind.
Hope to have The Answer soon!