Friday, August 29, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

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August 2014 - Cavendish Prince Edward Island

Once again my patient husband humoured me on a visit to Anne of Green Gables. He just doesn't understand the adoration for a fictional character.

Green Gables is in Cavendish, however there is plenty of Anne in Charlottetown!

Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written as fiction for readers of all ages, the literary classic has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl, age 11 who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who have a farm on Prince Edward Island and who had intended to adopt a boy to help them. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school and within the town.

Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Numerous sequels were written by Montgomery, and since her death another sequel has been published, as well as an authorized prequel. The original book is taught to students around the world.

Japanese are especially enthralled with Anne. This is a sugar replication of the Green Gables house in the Confederation Centre for the Arts where the play Anne of Green Gables takes place. 
The photo is not great as the lights were bouncing off the glass.

Wednesday started out sunny but we encountered various lashings of rain as we drove around the island, as I said before, wait five minutes and the weather will change!!!
We debated whether we had been to Green Gables when we were last here in 1990. I said no, John said yes. I checked our photos from 1990 and we had. But what a difference now.

The next photo is from 1990 when you could just drive by and get a shot.

Now it is run by the Parks Canada as a historic site with entrance fees. Serviced with park attendants, many more buildings and a gift shop.

We got there at 4:30 and it closes at 5 PM. We were astounded to see several tour buses in the parking lot and as we entered we were surrounded by Asian tourists snapping photos everywhere.

The house itself is the same.

 The gardens behind the house are beautiful.

The house is large!

The amount of wallpaper made me feel a little psychedelic! 


  1. I remember being at Green Gables myself, and sure enough, there were Japanese tourists on the scene. It's such a beautiful house, and the grounds too.

  2. I adored this series of books and the characters. I downloaded a set of five of the books...still haven't read them again...but they're waiting. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I've heard that before about the Japanese fascination with all things Anne. I love that sugar house! What an act of devotion that is- fascinating to see. I really must get back to Canada some day- there's so much still left to do.

  4. I'm going to read Anne of Green Gables again (I've read three volumes) with your beautiful photos in mind. The museum/park really brings the settings to life. The Japanese connection surprised me.
    Sandy @ Texas Twang

  5. I must show this to my sister. She would love to go there. When we were growing up she went through a period when I think she truly thought she was Anne of Green Gables. She had long red hair, which she wore in plaits, with a straw hat.

  6. How lovely! I read the book but didn't know about the museum.


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