This is what I've been waiting for! It's my Anne of Green Gables day and I am here in the beautiful place that inspired the story of that Anne girl. Cavendish beach is just down the hill from our cottage at ... Wait for it...the Bosom Buddies Inn! Everything around here is named something in relation to that blessed story! Tourists flock here for that reason but today's version is nothing like the Avon lea I imagined in the childhood stories I clung to. The beach itself is glorious and the red sand is stunning with its small dunes and tall grass blowing in the wind. We caught a sunset here the other night in between a dramatic rain storm. And today leaving my sweetheart at home I went in search of the Famous Green Gables and I was not disappointed. Now run by Parks Canada, Green Gables is a national historic site. The home is preserved in the period that Lucy Maud Montgomery spent her time there as a young girl and its where the inspiration for Anne of Green Gables came from. She would write poetry in the garden and stories while sitting in the apple trees, but she lived in a separate house with her grandparents about a twenty minute walk down the road. Green gables was her cousins home. It certainly was an inspiration because it became the setting for the story that made her famous. Meandering thru the house I could imagine the many stories of Anne and remembered how it impacted my childhood. It helped me dream about the possibility that I too would find my Gilbert...which I did. And now here we are strolling down Lovers lane in life and modern times. Mostly its at Costco hand in hand but sometimes I get to travel beside my best friend, my husband and my one true love. How romantic!
I visited Lucy Maud Montgomery's home and resting place as it seemed fitting. And later in the day we drove to Charlottetown where we saw a production of Anne and Gilbert The Musical. It was a lovely story with some new insights. It left me wanting puffed sleeves and a bit more romance. I have always wanted a pinafore and an alabaster brow... But sadly none of the shops sell these treats for adults! I did however treat myself to a raspberry cordial and a copy of Anne of Green Gables, stamped with Lucy's signature from her home. Seems only right that I should read the story again and for me it'll never get old.