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Friday, 27 May 2016

Lucy Maud

This beautiful island is known for its potatoes, grown and harvested from the rich red soil. 

 

It is also know for its seafood, such as oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster, and varieties of fish. 

 

However, this harvest of land and sea is in addition to the bounty from the intellect of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

 

Every year, thousands of people visit this island, many in pursuit of the haunts of the writer and the places she wrote for her heroine, Anne of Green Gables. Many first heard of Prince Edward Island through the Anne stories. Anyone can pretend to be Anne now as straw hats with red wool hair are available.

 
                                                                     My mother as Anne

On a recent outing on a gorgeous day, we stopped in New London at the house where Lucy Maud was born.

 

It is a tiny house, where she lived for a short time after her birth in 1874. 

 

From the back yard you can see the New London Harbour nearby.

 

This time of year, our population increases as thousands of people visit the Lucy Maud sites and attend Anne programming. There are always Japanese tourists among these visitors and some were touring the little house that day.

 

For the next several months, we will share the island with our guests. Welcome everyone!

24 comments:

  1. Lucy Maud lived in Leaskdale, where her husband was a vicar of the church, just a 20 minute drive from me. I've been in her house and in the church.

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    1. LM had an interesting life. I plan to read a biography over the summer.

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  2. I got to the other places 15 years ago but not to this birth house.

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    1. It is such a tiny place at an intersection of two county roads.

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  3. It's great to learn the history of your area, although PEI is famous to me because YOU live there. :-)

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  4. I've heard of potatoes but not of Lucy Maud. I'll look her up and see if Kindle have a cheap book.

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    1. Her character, Anne Shirley, was an orphan who came to PEI to live with an older brother and sister who had a farm. They lived in the Cavendish area where LM grew up, living with her maternal grandparents after her own mother died and her father moved away.

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  5. PS. They are really cheap £0.99p for all her books so a few pence each. They sound a bit like old fashioned Chiclit so not for me.

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    1. It was popular with young girls, teens and women but has a wide readership even today. There were a number of books about Anne and but other topics as well by LM.

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  6. I also had my photo taken in one of those Anne hats when I was in PEI last summer, LOL!

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  7. I love PEI! I've also visited Lucy Maude Montgomery's house. I want to thank you for all the lovely comments you have left on my blog. I wanted to email you but couldn't find an email address. If you would like to email me at bitstop@gmail.com there is something I would like to tell you.

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    1. Nice to hear from you, Karen. I love your photos. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. I loved those books and had to visit that part of the island when we were there years ago. I was a little disappointed that the wooded trail was very close to the golf course. It was hard to imagine being out in the woods.

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    1. There are over 25 golf courses on the island nkw in a small area as you know. It is a golfer's dream. In the days of LM, there were more forested areas of course. Today, the trails we use are not near any golf courses but I know there are a lot of them.

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  9. Ann of Green Gables was always one of my favourite books when I was growing up. The magical scenery was described so well, it is so lovely to see it for real on your blog. Sarah x

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    1. It is a beautiful place and LM had a way with words

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  10. Thank you for sharing this post! Yes, I know that there are many many Japanese tourists visit prince Edward island to enjoy Anne's world. I can see how the Japanese women love to wear straw hats, pretending to be Anne. My husband and I like to eat seafood very much. Your seafood captured near your place must be sooo fresh.

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    1. It is fresh and delicious. And there is a great variety, though not all available at the same time. Our favourite is halibut, available fresh in August. The remainder of the year, we get it frozen.

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  11. I've read and heard about the visitors to the island. What a delightful place.

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    1. It is a wonderful place to live and nice to visit.

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  12. Really enjoyed visiting the Anne of Green Gables house whene we were there with our kids - about 30 years ago!

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  13. How time flies. LM 's legacy has entertained people for many generations now.

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