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Friday, July 20, 2012

THE TRIP- PEI, day 2

My mom grew up in Canada.  Of course, her literary heroine was the girl from Prince Edward Island- Anne of Green Gables.  It's a legacy that she loved passing on to me...

I received my first Anne book when I was 8.  I have memories of reading that book all through elementary and middle school- not just once, but multiple times since then.  And then, each year during college and for a few years following, I would start in the fall, and read through the whole Anne series- usually ending in the late winter.   It was the perfect way to endure a soggy PNW rainy season.

Since becoming a parent, however, my days of reading for pleasure somewhat diminished. Seems like  all I read for a few years were parenting books and the Bible (also a parenting book)!  But as kiddo got older, I knew it was time to introduce her to Anne.

I chose to read it aloud to her.  We started in the fall of her 3rd grade year.  Almost every evening, we snuggled into my down comforter and started our trek back in time to that little island with red soil...

The heritage site of Green Gables.  Cavendish, PEI. 
We started our tour by browsing through the small museum that told
the story of Anne's creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery.
She was called Maud by her friends and family.

Maud's scrapbook.  

After the museum displays, we watched a short video and then went to the barn to learn about life in the 1800s.
Kiddo milked the "cow"
(In case you can't tell, it's a plastic cow.  It gives plastic milk.)
Then we learned about churning.

Look!  Butter!

Our first glimpse of the house.  I'm all a-tingle.
This is the house of Maud's cousins, the McNeils.
She spent a lot of time here in her youth.

Be still my heart.  It's like I have found a long-lost friend...

The grounds and gardens were amazing.

My parents.  Are they not the cutest couple in the world?

They thought up that pose on their own.  

My dad was a trooper to put up with 7 females on this journey.
When the older set of granddaughters played Anne make-believe,
they always made him take the part of Matthew. 
No one told us this was the day to wear red or pink or white...  we just did.
A last look at the grounds before going inside...

To be continued...


  1. I'm a-tingle, too! So vividly remember my mom reading it to us for the first time. Our copy was a gift from your parents to me on my 12th birthday. (Your dad was also very obliging in helping certain little niecelets reenact a number of Anne scenes. He was especially good at the cow scene. "Done!" It still makes me laugh.)

  2. Oh my goodness- I had forgotten about the cow scene! I bet if you ask him at church, he'll re-create it for you! :->

  3. Three things:

    1. Why would anyone want to be called Maud when they could be called Lucy?

    2. I still re-read the series every year. :)

    3. Next time you go to PEI can I come in your suitcase?

  4. 1. Well, her mother died when she was 21 months old and her father couldn't handle things so he left her to be raised by her really strict grandparents. I blame them for the whole "Maud instead of Lucy" thing. But I could be wrong.

    2. We're kindred spirits!

    3. Yes. But it is a long flight... :-}

  5. I read her journals a few years ago, and it seems like I remember her saying that she actually preferred Maud over Lucy. Go figure!

  6. I'd like to blame this misnomer on the grandparents, but if Lucy liked it....well I'll be darned.

    The Anne books sure do have a way of revealing kindred spirits, don't they?!