Rodwig was exhausted when Brent picked him up in the Arsenal. Swimming while playing the accordion is not an easy feat.
M. spotted him while he was drying on the aft deck of the Modestine, the yacht moored next to us.
Pam and Brent were getting ready to go home to Australia and they didn’t intend to take him in their luggage and so it happened that Rodwig ended up on our aft deck, from a Linssen yacht to another Linssen yacht, Rodwig looked quite pleased.
M. cleaned most of the dirt covering his clothes, she polished his boots and brushed his teeth. It is then that she discovered that he was manufactured by Heissner, a German company.
A quick look at the Internet told us that Heissner was founded in 1872, that they became famous for their outdoor decorations and that they invented the garden gnomes.
Nowadays they are mainly producing and selling garden appliances, such as plastic ponds and everything that goes with it.
It appears that they stopped producing gnomes.
Consequently, Rodwig, serial number 989, is a antique vintage hard plastic accordion player with a red hood, only to be found on eBay and swimming around in the port de l’Arsenal.
He looks good on the Chat Lune and despite the kitschiness of his appearance, we have decided to keep him aboard.
We left Paris six days ago, took the Seine, the Oise and the Canal du Nord and we are on our way to Gent, currently moored in Deinze, a mere few hours away from where we live.