Mr Gnome is preparing to go away for a brief vacation - hence the pose on the straw hat.
'Begone dull care!' breathes Mr G as he urges the HB to pack prior to departure on Sunday.
Their destination? Well, they're not going far - and are determined to return refreshed, reanimated and reinvigorated.
The hat, by the way, originates in the Amish communities of the Eastern USA. It offers absolutley no clues as to Mr G's destination - apart from the fact that this location is unapologetrically 'behind the times'.