At long last here are a few photos from our trip to Canada. I’ve wanted to visit PEI since I was a child, and many (many!) years later the dream finally came true. We enjoyed one day in Halifax before driving up to the island. Everywhere we went the locals were unfailingly friendly and helpful. Best of all, we were a little ahead of the tourist season, so we didn’t have to fight crowds at all.
Here’s a smattering of things we enjoyed:
Beach walks! This is Cavendish beach — L.M. Montgomery herself must have walked here, right? I took this photo on a cool, windy day, but even later on a hot day, the water was ice-cold. (I could only manage up to my ankles — how do people throw their whole bodies into that?) We enjoyed watching the Cormorants (I think) swoop down from the red cliffs. When they fly overhead they seem quite intimidating, almost like small dragons.
Wooded walks! Oh how I loved the trees on PEI — particularly the pine and birch trees. In this photo Steve and I are posing for a selfie along “Lover’s Lane” near Green Gables. Here’s the quote from the book:
Lover’s Lane opened out below the orchard at Green Gables and stretched far up into the woods to the end of the Cuthbert farm. It was the way by which the cows were taken to the back pasture and the wood hauled home in winter. Anne had named it Lover’s Lane before she had been a month at Green Gables.
“Not that lovers ever really walk there,” she explained to Marilla, “but Diana and I are reading a perfectly magnificent book and there’s a Lover’s Lane in it. So we want to have one, too. And it’s a very pretty name, don’t you think? So romantic! We can’t imagine the lovers into it, you know. I like that lane because you can think out loud there without people calling you crazy.”
By the way, I bought that hat in Halifax, and it is NOT an Anne hat! She wore a boater. Just saying. 😉
Green Gables has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. In real life, this farm was the home of David Jr. and his sister Margaret, cousin’s of Montgomery’s grandfather. Although Montgomery never lived at Green Gables, she came to know her cousin’s farm through her explorations of the surrounding woodlands.
My favorite part of the L.M. Montgomery experience was visiting the Cavendish (or Macneill) Homestead and crossing through the “Haunted Wood” to Green Gables. I particularly enjoyed the short lecture from Jennie Macneill, whose father-in-law was LMM’s first cousin. Here’s a little blurb from the website:
Uncle John’s grandson, John, still lives on the family property with his wife Jennie Moore Macneill, a retired teacher. John’s father, Ernest, was LMM’s 1st cousin, “A letter from Myrtle came today, saying Ern Macneill’s wife had a son. So perhaps the old place may remain in the Macneill name yet. I hope so anyway” (Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Vol 4. p. 63).
Delicious seafood! I’m pretty sure Steve ate lobster for every evening meal while we were on PEI. I’ve never been a fan of this particular crustacean, but I have to admit that the bits he shared with me were fresh and tasty (almost like sweet corn?). We also enjoyed fresh salmon, mussels, crab, and haddock.
I have many more pictures from the trip. If you’d like to see them, please check out my Flickr album. I winnowed the collection down to 33 photos so as not to bore you with endless shots of birch trees!
Happy Friday everyone!